The Playbook: Equality comes to Houston, the fringe freaks out, threatens to kill Mayor [UPDATED]
June 5, 2014
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Pastor who warned of “transgender predators” sexually harasses and assaults women

By Cristan Williams


Houston recently passed a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting the following 15 classes: Sex, Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, Age, Familial Status, Marital Status, Military Status, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Gender Identity, and Pregnancy. A leader in the opposition to equality is Pastor Kendall Baker. Here he is speaking before Houston City Council:

When speaking against equality, Pastor Kendall Baker mentioned that he had just ended a 20+ year career with the City of Houston due to failures of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). What Baker failed to mention that he was fired after the OIG determined that he had made lewd comments, sexual advances, engaged in inappropriate touching and solicited sexual acts from the females he was supervising.

“You’re time is up!” said Baker to Mayor Parker, Houston’s out lesbian mayor. Baker asked the council, “What if I came into the restroom here while you were sitting on the toilet? How would you feel?”

Kendall Baker – City of Houston Interoffice Memos

As it turns out, the organization leading the anti-trans bathroom meme hyperbole – the Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC) – attempted to help Baker escape facing any consequences of his own sexual deviancy. David Welch, the leader of the HAPC, denounced Baker’s treatment before the City Council.

At the end of Baker’s rant, Mayor Parker responding to Baker’s aspersions against the OIG saying, “You are proof we do a good job in the OIG, sir.”

Welch, Baker and the rest of HAPC intend to have the Houston equality ordinance repealed though a ballot initiative. Grousing about the equal rights ordinance, Welch said, “Once we correct this grievous act through the ballot this fall we will then remind those members that patronizing a tiny interest group and outgoing mayor instead of serving the people leads to a short political career.” Welch claims that his organization is even considering a recall of Houston’s Mayor and council.

In 2010, Mayor Parker signed an Executive Order making it legal for trans people to use the correct restroom on city property. Welch, Baker and HAPC claimed that the Mayor’s order would lead to “peeping toms” in the women’s restroom.

Although Welch, Baker and HAPC’s dire predictions have now had years to prove themselves true, Houston is still awaiting the promised flood of sexual harassment cases by trans perverts. Now, in 2014, Welch, Baker and HAPC are (ironically) once again making the same argument after they were caught in their own sexual assault scandal.

NOTE: I debated Welch live on Fox and won. We were scheduled to do another debate, but he backed out at the last minute and has been ducking a debate with me since 2010.

HT: Adela Uchida

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Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites and, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group.
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  • AJ McKenna

    Y’know, every case like this I’ve seen it’s ALWAYS a homophobic, transphobic cis dude getting up to shenanigans in bathrooms. Maybe if people are looking to bar some people from using them they should start there?
    As for me, there’s usually only one reason I’m in the bathroom…

  • Dee Omally

    What is it with black men, as representatives of a disenfranchised group, spearheading the current frontal attack against transgender equality? The most potent ant-trans fervor in recent history finds its base camp in the lesbian (TERF), religious, and now gay (TERM) camp in the form of a drag icon. Who could have ever predicted that, after a now-three month long debate, a gay drag icon would remain bitterly and incorrigibly scorn after being stymied in his promote the use of transgender slurs, under the “cover of feigned innocence?” The unmitigated gall to try and impose your will over slurs that impact a populace outside of your own world truly exceeds belief.

    We, the transitioned-female populace continue to elude ability to be fooled. TERF, religious, and TERM men simply will never yield to medical and legal corroboration that for over 60 years now sex in fact can be changed completely. With no intent to insult, let me repeat this fact: for over 60 years now, it is no longer opinion but fact that boy can become woman and girl can become a man. Every point of rancorous disagreement must overcome this long-established ubiquitous fact with the fallible force of subjective opinion.

    Simply stated, it is not the brain that rules the body, but the penis or vagina that reigns supreme, were one to give credence to those who have become human roadblocks in the road of trans equality. One would think that the cerebral cortex resided not in the head but in the reproductive genitalia. What remains even beyond the challenge sure to follow about my posit here, is again medical credibility long ago settled that sex in fact can be changed.

    Criminal inference that spreads out in a broad swath, phantom fears that are unsubstantiated, imposition of theocracy-styled legislation in the form of parental mutiny wielded on school districts, and just plain hatred serve to incite many against trans equality. Still, the facts I have stated above refuse to budge, such that truly those who maintain an antiquated “sun revolves around the earth” notion will soon find themselves in the very same WSH (wrong side of history) camp. This year 2014, is proving to increase the census of those in that camp.

    • Dee Omally

      *after being stymied in his [attempt] to promote…”

  • Kara

    What a surprise!