Last Chance to Early Vote!

As you may know, Forum for Equality PAC endorsed Suzy Montero for Judge Civil District Court, Division B.

Hurry up, Saturday, April 22nd is the last day for early voting! Come support a member of our community who has been a longtime out and proud member of Forum for Equality. We encourage you to take advantage of the early voting stations around Orleans parish. It is going to be busy next weekend and we want to make sure that your vote for Suzy Montero counts! You can find out more ways to get involved here: https://www.suzymontero.com.

Early Voting Locations:

City Hall
1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W24
New Orleans, LA 70112

Algiers Courthouse
225 Morgan Street, Room 105
New Orleans, LA 70114

Chef Menteur Voting Machine Warehouse Site
8870 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70126

Lake Vista Community Center
6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124

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What a Victory!

Louisiana is the only state in the South that did not have ANY anti-LGBT bills filed in the 2017 legislative session.

This is the culmination of many hard battles that our community has fought and won:

  • Electing Gov. John Bel Edwards and him signing the first ever all-inclusive Executive Order in the South!
  • Killing every anti-LGBT bill for the past 3 years!
  • Hosting the NBA 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans because of pro-LGBT actions in LA!
  • Engaging and educating legislators with pro-LGBT legislation for over two decades!

We can now focus our efforts on moving pro-LGBT bills forward in Louisiana this legislative session. Please keep the momentum going by supporting the work of Forum for Equality. Your support puts our tires on the road and our heels in the hallways. It amplifies the voices of the LGBT community all across Louisiana.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry

PS. Show your support for the good work we have ahead of us by making a donation of $10, $25, $50 or more today!

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Local Elections Matter!

Congratulations to newly-elected Appellate Judge Paula Brown and newly-elected State Representative Joe Stagni. Both were endorsed by Forum for Equality in the recent March 22 election date.

Another one of Forum for Equality’s endorsees, attorney Suzy Montero is in a runoff for a judicial seat in Civil District Court for Orleans Parish. The runoff election is scheduled to take place on April 29, the first Saturday of Jazz Fest — a busy weekend indeed! Early voting begins on April 15 and ends on April 22.

As the election is just three short weeks away, Suzy’s campaign would very much appreciate your assistance. If you can assist the campaign with your time, please contact the Suzy Montero campaign at Montero4judge@gmail.com or 504-418-1690. You can also contribute directly to her campaign by clicking here.

Thank you,

Kenny Tucker
Chair, Forum for Equality Political Action Committee

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Our Candidates are on the Ballot Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Election Day! 

Forum for Equality PAC has made the following endorsements in the upcoming special election in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.

Please support and vote for the following candidates.

Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division CJudge Paula Brown

Judge Civil District Court, Division BSuzy Montero

State Representative 92nd Representative District:  Joe Stagni

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

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Go Early Vote!

Forum for Equality PAC has made the following endorsements in the upcoming special election in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.

Please support and vote for the following candidates.

Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division C: Judge Paula Brown

Judge Civil District Court, Division B: Suzy Montero

State Representative 92nd Representative District: Joe Stagni

Early voting for the upcoming election runs from March 11th to 18th.

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

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Chyna. Jaquarrius. Ciara.

The past couple of weeks have hit our community hard. Black transgender women and gender nonconforming youth of color face disproportionately high rates of violence and murder. In Louisiana, we have lost three members due to violence. Chyna Gibson. Jaquarrius Holland. Ciara McElveen. Trans lives matter. Black trans lives matter. These trans lives matter.

Today we saw the Supreme Court reverse Gavin Grimm’s case based on President Trump’s decision to rescind U.S. Departments of Education and Justice guidelines for what a public school’s responsibilities are to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Revoking this guidance is indicative of this administration’s disregard for transgender youth and the many challenges they face. We are now seeing the real legal impact of the new policies, and this sends an alarming message that bullying, harassment, and violence are okay.

This administration’s needless steps to rescind the guidance are tantamount to telling transgender youth, in the eyes of the government, they are not welcome in their schools and are not worthy of the equal treatment and fairness afforded to all other students.

Attorney General Jeff Landry inserted Louisiana into this fight by signing onto the hideous lawsuit suing the federal government based on these guidelines. All of these actions absolutely threaten the ability of transgender citizens to live their lives openly and safely.

We want ALL Louisianans to know that we are here, we care and will continue to fight for ALL.

We must stand in solidarity with one another and be a visible force in our communities, so we can help increase our safety.

Here are some resources and programs that are available in the Greater New Orleans area:

BreakOUT!’s programming for building power and ending criminalization of trans youth of color, including peer support: www.youthbreakout.org

Trans Defense Fund for legal name change/ gender change/ other legal support: https://youthbreakout.kindful.com/?campaign=255097

New Orleans Carpool Collective is a way for people to volunteer for safe transportation for people, including transgender youth, to and from membership meetings, etc. https://www.facebook.com/carpoolneworleans/ or carpoolneworleans@gmail.com

Transitions Louisiana is hosting a Townhall this Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/795931503889571/
With Equality for All,
SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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FFE PAC Endorsement Meeting

Forum for Equality PAC will be considering endorsements in the upcoming Judicial races in Orleans Parish. The FFE PAC meeting will be Monday, March 6th at 7:15 pm at the Law Office of Delaney, Robb & Rubin located at 2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Suite #213, Metairie, LA 70002.

For our endorsements to be representative of our members, we need you to be a participatory voice. Forum for Equality PAC is one of few statewide LGBT organizations that has open endorsement meetings, and we welcome our members to be actively engaged in the process with us.

All current members of Forum for Equality Louisiana residing in the Greater New Orleans Area are eligible to vote. Please contact our office for a proxy form, which can be used for those who qualify to vote but are unable to attend. If you are not certain of your membership status, please contact our office.

Forum for Equality Contact Information:
SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director
sarahjane@forumforequality.org

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