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Seth Meyers on Houston Equal Rights Ordinance repeal

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Amid the hubbub surrounding the campaigns for next year’s U.S. presidential election, it was easy to miss the elections that took place earlier this week. One of the most notable events of these elections was the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which protected citizens from discrimination based on age, race, gender, and sexuality. Since the whole thing happened in the blink of an eye compared to the ongoing saga of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the HERO repeal. 

Specifically, Meyers focused on the primary tactic of HERO opponents, who claimed that HERO would allow men to go into women’s bathrooms and cause all kinds of problems. Although this tactic was effective (some Houston residents told reporters that it was their primary motivation for voting against the law) Meyers noted that such an idea was pretty ridiculous, though it was also used to stop the proposed Equal Rights Amendment back in the ’70s. 

“The restroom is the five minutes of the day you don’t want to see the booty!” He told viewers. “That’s when the booty is busy!”

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Meyers concluded by noting that “for LGBTQ people, there’s still a lot of work to be done to fight against both discrimination and terrible cartoons.” Watch the full video below. 

Later in the show, Meyers had Against Me! on as a musical guest to promote their new live album, Live Sex Acts. Against Me!’s frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace, recently came out as transgender, and the band tore through a rousing (and relevant) rendition of “True Trans Soul Rebel.” 

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