We Are Hero


The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was Houston’s nondiscrimination law. It protected 15 different categories of Houstonians from discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment and housing. It prohibited discrimination based on an individual’s SEX, RACE, COLOR, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, FAMILIAL STATUS, MARITAL STATUS, MILITARY STATUS, RELIGION, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND PREGNANCY.

Chris Valdez and Carra Sykes of Primer Grey and Lauren Marek created this project to share some of the stories and faces of the Houstonians protected by HERO.  

This project was designed to tell the city that HERO couldn't fail; to tell the world that Houston is NOT home to discrimination, bigotry, or the subjugation of the diverse population of people that make Houston who it is today.

We wanted to bring light to the faces of the people for whom this ordinance bears the greatest strength; and to give voice to their stories.

On November 3, 2015, following a campaign of fear and misinformation, HERO was voted down. But the fight for truth and fairness for all Houstonians does not end here.

To learn more visit http://wearehero.us