Community leaders gathered at the Esperanza Peace and Justice center to talk about the need for a broad non-discrimination ordinance and ways to persuade San Antonio council members to pass the measure.
Panelists included Tommy Calvert Jr, General Manager KROV 91.7, Lauryn Farris, a transgender activist, Maria Salazar, a family law attorney and Alicia Torres, an Immigrant rights activist.
San Antonio city council members are considering an ordinance that would prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people.
Seventeen states and more than 100 cities in the nation have introduced fully inclusive ordinances to protect people from discrimination over sexual identity.
In Texas, Fort Worth, Austin and Brownsville already have such ordinances in place. San Antonio is “At the back of this train,” said Farris.
Farris also stated that the homosexual and transgender community in San Antonio is treated as “second-class citizens, and not recognized as anything else.”
Undocumented immigrants in San Antonians also face discrimination.
Texas has had the highest number of deportations in the country, said Torres. “The undocumented community is not spoken for,” she said.
Calvert said San Antonio needs a healthier dialogue on issues including discrimination.
“Man’s greatest challenge on earth is to live side-by-side with fellow man,” said Calvert.
Watch the complete conversation below: