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Sally Field: “It’s a lie” that HERO will let sexual predators molest women

Sally Field and her son Sam, Credit: Ward Morrison

Sally Field and her son Sam, Credit: Ward Morrison

Sally Field has had enough of the constant misinformation emanating from opponents of Houston’s HERO legislation.

The city will vote tomorrow on whether to retain HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), which offers discrimination protections to LGBT people and others. Celebrities and politicians have rallied to support HERO, including Hillary Clinton and Matt Bomer, but Academy Award-winner Field has had perhaps the most impassioned outburst regarding the law.

At an HRC fundraiser last week for supporters of HERO, Field — whose mother and grandmother were born in Houston and whose son is gay — was asked why she was supporting the ordinance.

“Why here, why Houston, why me?” she said. “Because everyone in this country is watching this. This is incredibly important — eyes are on Houston…. There are fifteen different categories of people that [HERO] protects. I fit into many of those categories.

“This is my country, this is our fight — to bring about equality as a right for everyone,” she added.

Many opponents of HERO have accused the ordinance of allowing men to enter women’s restrooms under the guise of being transgender in order to spy on women and girls. Field was asked for her thoughts on the matter, and she wasted no time in calling those misinforming voters to task.

“It’s a lie,” she forcefully stated. “It’s a lie, it’s a lie, it’s a lie, it’s a lie. That’s all you can say.”

Houstonians will vote on Proposition 1, the HERO ballot, tomorrow, November 3. A “yes” vote indicates that they wish the ordinance to remain in place.

Watch KHOU’s coverage of Field’s speech below:

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