San Antonio, TX — The gay, lesbian and transgender community in San Antonio, Texas is fighting for equal treatment in their town. The City Council is considering whether to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the city's anti-discrimination code, Phil Anaya spoke with people for and against the change.
Fifty years from the day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his landmark speech on civil rights, San Antonio debated a different form of discrimination
In San Antonio, the debate is whether to update the city's non-discrimination ordinance to include new protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Anel Flores, Supports Updating Ordinance, "We met eight years ago, fell in love."
Anel Flores and her partner Erika have two kids and want the law to protect them and the entire LGBT community
Phil Anaya, "Have you been discriminated against?'
Anel Flores, "Yeah."
Phil Anaya, "In this town?"
Anel Flores, "Yeah. Oh yeah, absolutely. It's this underground kind of hatred and it minimizes your self esteem, who you are, what you believe in."
Anel and Erika were two of nearly 500 people waiting to share their opinions to city council
The majority of the crowd, dressed in blue, opposed to the measure.
Rafael Orta didn't sign up to speak, but showed up to show support against the updated ordinance, "It's not a race, it's a gender and it's a lifestyle that they choose."
Rafael says the ordinance undercuts traditional values and the right to oppose a lifestyle he believes goes against his religious beliefs, "We have to not give up our rights, to say we have the right to do what we're doing and what we believe in, so the government shouldn't take that away from us."
Inside the building all races and ages took to the podium, an 8 year-old girl got a heavy applause for her brief but powerful remarks, "People should be nice to each other."