Beyonce seems to have let down some fans is from the Houston LBGT community.
Activist Carlos Maza is criticizing the singer for not actively advocating for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which prohibited “discrimination on the basis of 15 different characteristics, including race, sex, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity” in her Texas home town. That measure was repealed by city voters in a referendum on Tuesday.
According to U.K.’s The Daily Mirror, the singer was called on by activist Carlos Maza to help advocate for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have prohibited “discrimination on the basis of 15 different characteristics, including race, sex, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity” in her Texas home town. However she remained silent. That measure was rejected by city voters in a referendum on Tuesday.
Although Beyonce never agreed to support the cause, Maza is disappointed that she did not use her celebrity status to prevent the public repeal vote of HERO.
“With HERO, Beyoncé had a golden opportunity to oppose an active effort to legalize discrimination against LGBT Houstonians,” Maza wrote. “It wouldn’t have taken more than a single Instagram post, but she would have inserted herself as a real, active ally, proving her support for the LGBT community is more than mere lip service.”
Earlier this year, local supporters used the hashtag #BeyBeAHero to get the singer’s attention and inspire her to jump onboard the campaign. Some Twitter users felt slighted by the failed mission, one tweeted: “”I am disappointed in beyonce. Yeah, I said that. Bey, you were not a HERO. #BeyBeAHERO.”
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