Endorsements for November 18 election!

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government. We have made the following endorsements in the November 18 election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Mayor of New Orleans: LaToya Cantrell OR Desiree Charbonnet

New Orleans City Council District B: Seth Bloom

New Orleans City Council District E: James Gray II

Orleans Civil District Court, Div. J: Omar Mason

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

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EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED, GO VOTE!

Think your vote doesn’t matter? Think again. In this past election, we saw a City Council race that was decided by only 111 votes. Every vote brings us that much closer to ensuring that our city is represented by pro-equality candidates. That is why it is critical that you get out and vote!

Planning on voting early? Early voting for the upcoming run-off election has begun and concludes this Saturday, November 11th. Find out where to vote by clicking here. This is your last chance to elect local pro-equality candidates this year.

Also, FFE PAC invites you to come and meet Seth Bloom, Candidate for City Council District B, this Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. We will be on the back porch of Bayou Wine Garden for appetizers and a chance to get to know Seth B! Contributions are appreciated, but not required to come.

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government. We have made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Mayor of New Orleans: LaToya Cantrell OR Desiree Charbonnet

New Orleans City Council District B: Seth Bloom

New Orleans City Council District E: James Gray II

Orleans Civil District Court, Div. J: Omar Mason

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

For Equality,

Kenny Tucker

Forum for Equality, PAC Chair

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Appeal Court Rules: Governor Edwards Cannot Protect Us

We are very disappointed with the First Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against Governor Edwards’ Nondiscrimination Executive Order.

Attorney General Jeff Landry, in his effort to dismantle protections for gay and transgender Louisianans from discrimination, is on the wrong side of history. The solid majority of our state support protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, but there are no such protections in our state or federal laws. This is why the executive order issued by Gov. Edwards is critical.

This decision marks a clear step backwards in Louisiana’s journey to becoming a state that welcomes all families to try to earn a living here and all businesses in search of a welcoming, business-friendly climate. We want to thank Governor John Bel Edwards and Executive Counsel Matt Block for standing for equality and for their hard work and dedication to protecting all citizens from discrimination.

While this is a disappointing outcome, we will continue to work toward securing legal protections from discrimination in employment and state services for all Louisianans. This decision does not mark the end of this battle. As we saw with the NBA’s decision to pull out of North Carolina, our state can expect to lose our competitive edge for securing and retaining businesses if we are not proactively fighting for equality.

Louisiana Trans Advocates and Forum for Equality are in conversation with the Administration on next steps. Should the Administration pursue an appeal to this decision, it would go to the Louisiana Supreme Court, who could decide whether or not to hear arguments in the case.

With equality,

Dylan Waguespack, President of Louisiana Trans Advocates

SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director of Forum for Equality

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Early vote for equality.

THIS SATURDAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING !

Early voting for Fall 2017 elections begins Saturday, September 30th and concludes Saturday, October 7th. Election Day is Saturday, October 14th.

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government.

Special Note from Forum for Equality PAC: We are proud to endorse Seth Bloom for New Orleans City Council – District B. Seth has previously received Forum for Equality PAC’s endorsement during his two terms on the Orleans Parish School Board where he was the first openly gay person to win a competitive election in the State of Louisiana. In his service to representing District 5 on the OPSB, he enacted LGBTQ protections for students of Orleans Parish and co-founded the Friends of Travis Hill School to support incarcerated youth. With a strong foundation to represent the good people of District B, we fully endorse Seth Bloom for City Council. We believe he will lead New Orleans with a commitment to solving the problems that stand before us and moving our great city forward.

We have has also made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Mayor of New Orleans: LaToya Cantrell OR Desiree Charbonnet

New Orleans City Council – At-Large 1: Joe Bouie OR Helena Moreno

New Orleans City Council – At-Large 2: Jason Williams

New Orleans City Council District A: Joe Giarrusso III

New Orleans City Council District B: Seth Bloom

New Orleans City Council District C: Kristin Gisleson Palmer

New Orleans City Council District D: Jared Brossett

New Orleans City Council District E: James Gray II

La. 4th Circuit Court of Appeal: Tiffany Chase

Orleans Civil District Court, Div. J: Omar Mason

Orleans Parish Coroner: Dr. Jeffrey Rouse

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

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Give it up for the New Orleans Pelicans!

2017 ACCLAIM AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

IT IS ALMOST HERE — the 2017 Acclaim Awards Gala is TOMORROW! 2017 has been an exciting year, and we are thrilled to celebrate our victories. As we prepare for a new year of accomplishments and potential challenges, we want to highlight an organizational leader that has made a tremendous impact on equality here in Louisiana: The New Orleans Pelicans.

With the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and related programming, we saw a clear message from the NBA and the New Orleans Pelicans: Equality Matters. The NBA decided to relocate All-Star Weekend from Charlotte due to North Carolina’s passage of the discriminatory anti-LGBT “HB2.” With our state and city leaders coming together, New Orleans was chosen to host the game due to our ongoing efforts to expand fairness and equality, and became the first All-Star Game to include LGBTQ in the vendor program. The Pelicans welcomed the NBA to our city by draping Benson Tower with one message: Equality.

Off the court, the Pelicans remain a pillar of the community. The Pelicans’ efforts focus on two key initiatives critical to the future success and prosperity of the Gulf South region: the health and sustainability of coastal wetlands and the health and fitness of the region’s children. In conjunction with the Pelicans’ non-profit and corporate partners, the organization is executing several outreach programs that will positively impact and inspire the lives of individuals in the community.

The Pelicans organization, in conjunction with the Saints, has recently instituted an Inclusion Council. The Council’s mission is to cultivate an open, accepting, and distinct culture built on inclusion and transparent communication both within their organization and in our community. And last season, the Pelicans launched an entry-level sales and service training program that emphasizes diversity and development in regional youth sports.

In just a few weeks, the Pelicans will begin their 16th season in the National Basketball Association. Originally named the “Hornets,” the franchise arrived in the Crescent City in 2002 upon being relocated from Charlotte (a preview of things to come!).

We are proud that the New Orleans Pelicans exemplifies the Louisiana values of hospitality, justice and respect. Please stand with us as we honor them with the 2017 Acclaim Award for Leadership. We hope to see you tomorrow night at the InterContinental for the 19th Annual Acclaim Awards gala. It is definitely not a night to be missed!

Yours in Equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

 

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Kudos to Councilmember At Large Jason Williams!

2017 ACCLAIM AWARD FOR ADVOCACY

COUNCILMEMBER-AT-LARGE JASON WILLIAMS

This message is the second in a series of three recognizing this year’s extraordinary Acclaim Award recipients

ONLY TWO DAYS remain until the 2017 Acclaim Awards Gala! Each year, we aim to honor members of the New Orleans community who have been pivotal leaders in the fight for a more fair and equal Louisiana.

Today, we would like to introduce you to the recipient of this year’s Acclaim Award for Advocacy, New Orleans City Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams:

Councilmember-at-Large Williams was elected to his current position in 2014. Since then, he has focused on workforce training, fiscal responsibility, and crime reduction through the development of youth and family services.

Councilman Williams strongly supports community development programs, such as The Audubon Nature Institute, Partnership for Youth Development, The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, and The Innocence Project of New Orleans. He is and has been a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights in Louisiana. Last December, he opened the White House World AIDS Day Summit at Tulane University, informing and educating participants of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in our state and beyond. He also voted in favor of the “Welcoming Cities” ordinance to officially recognize New Orleans as a city that is welcoming to immigrants and multicultural residents. Councilman Williams has proven himself to be an ally to our community and a supporter of our values, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.

A New Orleans native, Councilman Williams began his education in College Park, GA and graduated from Woodward Academy. Upon his return, he earned his Bachelor’s from Tulane University and his law degree from Tulane Law School, where he was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers. Councilman Williams is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, and manages his own law practice, Jason Rogers Williams & Associates.

Jason is inspired every day to make New Orleans a better place for all people, along with his fiancee and two loving children, Zoe and Graham.

We are honored and humbled to present Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams with the Acclaim Award for Advocacy. He exemplifies why the New Orleans community and political leadership have prioritized LGBTQ equality and acceptance.

We look forward to celebrating with you at one of the most memorable – and meaningful – events of the year! I hope you will join us in honoring these champions for equality this Saturday, September 23rd.

Yours in Equality,
SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

 

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Brava, Dr. Buth!

Acclaim Award for Excellence in Health Care

Jamie Buth, MD, MHCM

This message is the first in a series of three recognizing this year’s extraordinary Acclaim Award recipients.

The 2017 Acclaim Awards Gala is only FOUR DAYS away, on Saturday, September 23. The Acclaim Awards Gala always gives us an opportunity to celebrate, briefly escape from our busy schedules, and have some fun as we come together to honor the people who devote much of their lives and careers to uplifting our community and making Louisiana a more accepting, loving, and beautiful place to live.

Today, we want to introduce you to Dr. Jamie Buth, MHCM, the recipient of this year’s award for work in Health Care.

Dr. Buth has been caring for transgender veterans since 1997. In 2016, she began to provide care for transgender veterans in central Louisiana through the Alexandria VA Medical Center and presented a poster on her work at the World Professional Association of Transgender Health 24th Biennial Scientific Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands: ‘Prevalence & Characteristics of Transsexuals Treated at a Veterans Health Administration Facility in New Orleans.’

Dr. Buth is also co-author of a book on transgender health care, “Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men: A Guide for Health Care Providers.” She graduated from St. Louis Medical School and later obtained her Masters in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a board certified Internal Medicine Specialist and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. She has two adult children, and presently resides with her wife and stepchild.

It is both a pleasure and an honor to present the award for excellence in Health Care to such an incredible member of our community as Dr. Jamie Buth. I know that you don’t want to miss the opportunity to applaud her and all of this year’s Acclaim Award recipients on September 23. We cannot wait to see you there!

Yours in Equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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