Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday introduced a proposed ordinance which seeks to prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations on the basis of several factors including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Parker's Equal Rights Ordinance proposes steep fines for businesses found guilty of discriminating against someone based on race, religion or sexual orientation.

Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh criticized the proposal, saying that it was “really about the gay community.”

“[The mayor is] gonna have to come out and tell the people what this is really about,” Kubosh told Fox 26.

Parker, who is openly gay, responded: “I've already heard it said this is an ordinance specifically for the gay community. That is in fact not the case.”

A vote on the measure is expected to take place sometime in the first week of May.