Dave Wilson robo-calls Houstonians, warns of Annise Parker’s ‘alternative lifestyle’

Houston mayoral candidate Dave Wilson has stepped up his homophobic attacks against incumbent Mayor Annise Parker with a recent robo-call targeting Houston voters:

“Hello Houstonians, this is Dave Wilson, candidate for mayor. In 2009 I warned voters that Annise Parker would use her position to promote her alternative lifestyle, and she’s done that. Her very first executive order was to allow men dressed as women to use the women’s restroom. Her appointments have been based on sexual orientation, rather than ability. She appointed George Greanias, head of Metro, who was caught viewing porn sites such as rentaboy.com. Dave Wilson would have fired him on the spot. Join me in taking our city back, vote Dave Wilson, paid for by the Dave Wilson for Mayor.”

Wilson’s call contains several misleading, or outright false, claims, such as saying that Parker’s first executive order was to allow “men dressed as women to use the women’s restroom.” The first executive order Parker signed after being sworn in (E.O. #1-50), clarified the process for filing sexual harassment claims for city employees. The second (E.O #1-25) dealt with city operations during a natural disaster, the third (E.O. #1-42) with city credit cards, and the fourth (E.O. 1-14) with the city’s procurement procedure. The fifth and sixth executive orders signed by Parker (E.O. 1-8 and E.O. 1-20) dealt with discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression and the use of hate language by City of Houston employees while on the job. Both order were signed on March 25, 2011, 2 months and 23 days after Parker took office. These are is the ones that chafe Wilson. Under order 1-20 access to public accommodations in city buildings, including restrooms, cannot be denied to any member of the public because they are LGBT. While Wilson fears “men in dresses” discretely handling their business in the stall next to his wife, he seems to miss that it also allows burly, bearded men who happened to have been assigned a female identity at birth to use the men’s room. One wonders if he’s ever thought about that.

Executive Order 1-20 is about basic courtesy and access to public facilities that most of us take for granted. No one should be put in the position of risking arrest for using a public restroom (which happened shortly after E.O. 1-20 went into effect), and it is humiliating to expect trans Houstonians to have to ask “which bathroom do you expect me to use” every time they’re in a city building.

The situation with George Greanias, CEO of Houston’s public transit system Metro, is far more complicated than Wilson describes it. To hear the robo-call you’d think Greanias was simply caught looking at pornography, a constitutionally protected right. The issue is that Greanias was caught looking at porn on Metro’s internet wi-fi, all be it accidentally. According to the Metro investigation Greanias accessed sites containing gay oriented adult material on 14 separate days between February 9, 2011 to July 1, 2011. The access was from Greanias’ personal computer and he believed through his personal internet access. In a letter to Metro employees he explained that “the violation was unintentional. I thought I was using my own computer, but was in fact in Metro’s system — but it was a violation all the same. The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature — to say the least, highly inappropriate, and embarrassing.”

Typically a violation of this nature by a Metro employee would have resulted in a verbal warning. Because of the high profile nature of Greanias’ job he received a much harsher punishment. According to Metro’s official statement “Chairman Gilbert Garcia has concluded that, as president and CEO, Mr. Greanias must be held to a higher standard, and decided instead of a warning Mr. Greanias would receive a more stringent punishment of one week suspension, without pay.”

None of that matters to Wilson. He “would have fired [Greanias] on the spot,” bypassing the review process guaranteed to all Metro employees and likely subjecting the city to a very expensive lawsuit. More than his overt homophobia, it’s Wilson’s blind ignorance of the procedural facts of running a city that should frighten Houstonians.

Early voting in Houston municipal elections (including mayor) continues through Nov. 3 at all early voting locations. Election day is Nov. 8. Early voting turnout continues to lag; votes cast during the first four days of voting have trailed the 2009 municipal election turnout by 21%.

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Gays suspected of crashing Texas town’s July 4 parade disguised as Harlem Globetrotters

This alleged parade-crasher was wearing a sash that said “Miss Hap.” And the editor of the Leakey Star believes it may have been a reference to Miss Hap, a drag queen in the U.K. who has a Facebook fan page.

It happened three weeks ago, but this story is so bizarre that we couldn’t resist sharing it belatedly.

The story headlined “Gay Pride, Gay Prank or Gay Ole Time?” is from The Leakey (Texas) Star, which appears to be the “newspaper” serving a small Hill Country town west of San Antonio.

According to the story by the Star’s editor, Penny Maguire, there was an unusual entry in this year’s Fourth of July parade that featured people dressed as Harlem Globetrotters players accompanied by (gasp!) men impersonating female beauty pageant contestants. Some locals, including Maguire, now suspect the entry may have been part of a secret plot to advance the gay agenda. That’s right, only in Texas:

As Independence Day jubileers lined U.S. Hwy. 83 through rural downtown Leakey last Saturday, saluting the U.S. flag under umbrellas and pledging their allegiance to one nation under God, a controversial parade entry made an unexpected appearance. Some spectators, including Chamber Director Glenn Bradley, said the entry was ‘inappropriate.’

Parade enthusiasts are asking, “Was the popular, traditional family venue, when hometown queens, veterans, clowns, tractors, horses, and decorated trailers display the American flag, sabotaged?” “We didn’t mind the rain from tropical storm Alex, but this group rained on our Texas parade,” said one Rio Frio resident. Another spectator said the entry was ‘provocative.’ Many didn’t grasp the concept.

So, who were these participants and what was their entry theme, or was there one? Did a seemingly innocent, entertaining basketball performance by a group imitating the Harlem Globetrotters suggest subtle symbolisms of the gay pride movement? Touting a sign which read: America’s Champions, Miss America’s vs. Harlem Globe Trotters, may or may not have suggested participants were simulating a 2009 reality show (The Amazing Race) when two gay brothers competed with two Globetrotters and a former Miss America. Several of the marchers appeared to be men modeling women’s swimsuits wearing pageant banners and crowns. Homosexuals now compete in nationally acclaimed Miss Gay America competitions. Learn more www.missgayamerica.com.

Pictured above, a male, crowned the title ‘Miss Hap’, sported a hot pink feminine bodysuit. Coincidentally, a Facebook fan page entitled ‘Miss Hap’ advertises drag queen events. Upon our investigation, other pageant banners, to include Miss Matched, Ms. Lead, Miss Cherokee and Miss Dream Catcher, interestingly linked to gay history. Superwoman is an organization that boasts support for lesbian marriages. Some spectators report women in the entry appeared to have sported patriotic superwoman attire.(www.iamsuperwoman.com.)

—  John Wright