LGBTQ Houston: HPD safety seminar held as Texas challenge to federal anti-discrimination law upheld

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — The timing of the Houston Police Department’s scheduled Thursday night safety seminar for the city’s LGBTQIA+ community was hard to ignore.

The event, hosted by the department’s liaison to that community, was attended by Chief Troy Finner and members of HPD’s departments such as Victim Services, Hate Crimes, Homicide and Community Affairs.

Unfortunately for those present, a political cloud hung over the proceedings.

As reported by our partners at the Houston Chroniclea federal judge recently ruled in favor of Texas’ challenge to the Biden administration’s guidance on antidiscrimination practices related to LGBTQ employees.

What does that mean? The ruling faces LGBTQ workers from being fired because of their dress, their pronouns, or the bathroom they use — all of which the Biden policy was intended to prevent.

The US Department of Justice can appeal.

As for the evening event, those in attendance, particularly the transgender community, expressed a concern they have had for years – a feeling that their issues are being ignored or not taken seriously.

Rebecca Chapa says she was a crime victim and was afraid to speak up and be taken seriously until she met HPD contacts who helped her feel comfortable.

“They’re going to be there for you because you’re a victim, and that’s the most important part of being a victim and speaking up so we can solve these crimes,” Chapa said.

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