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LGBT activists call on NFL to pull Super Bowl out of Houston after voters repeal anti-discrimination law

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After Houston voters struck down a city ordinance protecting transgender people discrimination, some are calling for an economic boycott of the city — including asking the National Football League to relocate its 2017 Super Bowl originally slated for Houston.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was defeated by a wide margin, the Houston Chronicle reports. The ordinance would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and also a wide range of other factors already protected by federal law: sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.

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Writing for Outsports, trans military veteran Brynn Tannehill called the vote ugly, pointing out the ordinance would have prevented discrimination in “jobs, housing, and in places of public accommodations — including hotels, restaurants, and public restrooms.” Virtually every major city in the country has a similar ordinance, except Houston, she writes.

Opponents ran ads stoking fears that providing basic protections to trans people from discrimination would lead to men following little girls into the bathroom and assaulting them, fears Tannehill compared to the now-infamous Willie Horton ads, which played on the racist fear that African-Americans are somehow sinister.

“Opponents of the bill instead ran false ads claiming that this would allow transgender people to rape and murder people’s wives and daughters. This accusation is completely baseless, and represents a naked attempt to demonize a group of people already being murdered in record numbers,” Tannehill wrote, pointing out a record level of violence of 22 trans women murdered in 2015.

*This story has been updated to reflect comments by Tannehill in an email sent to Raw Story.

In an email to Raw Story, Tannehill said the campaign against transgender rights in Houston has put people directly in harm’s way.

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“Religious leaders have been so successful at dehumanizing transgender people there, that its only a matter of time before some vigilante kills another transgender woman, just for using the bathroom,” she wrote. “We have seen 22 transgender women slain this year already, breaking the old record by a wide margin.”

The message sent to trans Houstonians has been hostile and clear, she wrote. “‘Leave. Disappear. You’re not wanted. In fact, we hate you. You are vile. You are a threat to women and children.'”

“How can transgender people go through life on a day to day basis knowing that’s what people think of you?” Tannehill wrote. “Then these same religious bigots remark, without a trace of understanding of irony of it all, on how transgender people need religious help because we so often suffer from anxiety and depression.”

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Tannehill recalled that the NFL has in the past punished cities for discriminating, notably Texas’ neighbor state, Arizona. In 1990 the League punished the state by moving the Super Bowl when it failed to pass legislation honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and again in 2014 threatened to move the game if Arizona passed laws that would allow people to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious grounds.

A Change.org petition has been launched calling on the NFL to boycott.

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“The NFL claims to respect the human dignity of all their fans. Even this fan of the Cowboys who has watched since Roger Staubach handed the reins to Danny White,” Tannehill writes.

Tannehill points out that to move the Super Bowl is the only ethical thing for the NFL to do now, in order to protect the well being of its fans. Move the Super Bowl, she concludes, “to a location where people like me are not put in mortal danger every time we need to use the bathroom.”


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Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.

Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.

Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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