Stand tall

The Trump Administration has stated “at this time” it will not backpedal on the gains the LGBT community made under the Obama Administration’s executive actions. Maintaining the protections established by President Obama is the right thing to do, but we are a forward-looking movement, and we should not be satisfied with simply reaffirming gains made years ago.

The truth is, President Trump openly supports the “First Amendment Defense Act” and has surrounded himself with staffers and appointees who have repeatedly sought to legalize discrimination against LGBT people in the name of religion. Just last night he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, who is best known for his commitment to prioritizing personal religious beliefs over all other rights and freedoms.

Know this: we are vigilant. We will not let this distract us from the work that must be done at home as well as across our nation. Louisiana’s Attorney General is still fighting against the same protections extended to our state employees. The state legislative session is just around the corner, and we must fight against the type of hateful legislation being introduced in many states where the forces of bigotry feel empowered by the results of the election.

We stand tall against all forms of discrimination, and Forum for Equality will continue to fight for you, always. Stand with us by becoming a member today.

With equality for all,
SarahJane Brady

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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What a year!

This has been a tremendous year for Louisiana. We have won more as a community than ever before, but there is still so much work to be done. So, what have we seen in 2016?

  • Killed all the bad LGBT bills in the 2016 legislative sessions!
  • Had all LGBT nondiscrimination bills pass out of committee and move to the Senate floor for the first time ever!
  • A fully-inclusive Executive Order signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards!
  • Successful All-American Acclaim Awards Gala!
  • Hosted national and state leaders for the last White House LGBT Summit!

These are some amazing wins for our state. But, what will be in store for us in 2017?

We know we will continue to battle the Attorney General on the Governor’s Executive Order, fight against anti-LGBT bills (again!), and continue to extinguish homophobia and transphobia. And while we don’t know yet what sort of environment we will face at the federal level, know we have been here for over twenty-seven years with no plans on backing down now!

Forum for Equality’s New Year’s resolution is to continue to be a force of equality and justice through action and engagement. Support us in 2017 by making a donation to sustain our work next year. Make your donation here before the stroke of Midnight on Saturday!
With Liberty and Justice for all,

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SarahJane Brady

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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They won’t stop!

Some of our elected officials will stop at nothing to block the advancement of Governor John Bel Edwards’s LGBT Executive Order. The House Appropriations Committee will be voting on the state employee health benefits contract with Vantage Health, and some of them want to strip the LGBT inclusive non-discrimination protections.

We cannot let this happen! The denial of this contract simply because it includes LGBT non-discrimination protections for Vantage Health employees is part of the continued effort to roll back Governor Edwards’s advances for our community.

Take action here, and let Representatives on the House Appropriations Committee know that you want the Vantage Health contract approved with the non-discrimination protections.

With Equality,

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SarahJane Brady
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Make your plan to vote tomorrow!

The 2016 election season is ALMOST over, and Forum For Equality PAC wants you to make a plan to go vote tomorrow! We are making the following recommendations for the runoff elections to be held tomorrow, Saturday, December 10th:

U.S. Representative – 4th Congressional District:
“Anyone but Mike Johnson”.

Judge – Orleans Parish Criminal Dist. Court, Div. D:
Paul A. Bonin

Baton Rouge Metro Council – Dist. 7:
Lamont Cole

Baton Rouge Metro Council – Dist. 10:
Lorri Burgess

Baton Rouge Metro Council – Dist. 11:
Barbara Freiberg

Find your polling place HERE

Geaux Vote!!!

 

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White House World AIDS Day Regional LGBT Summit – New Orleans

Thursday, December 1, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

FAQ

What are these summits about?

The White House, in partnership with federal agencies and local LGBT organizations, has been hosting regional LGBT summits around the country for several years. These summits provide an opportunity to highlight federal services available to the LGBT community, lift up the work of local LGBT activists and allies, and create a networking forum for advocates to connect and discuss ideas. Recent summits include Phoenix, Detroit, St. Louis, and others.

 

Where is the summit being held?

The summit is being held and hosted at Tulane University, Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Boggs Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

 

Is parking available?

Visitor parking is available at the Diboll Parking Garage on Ben Weiner Drive a few blocks from the Lavin-Bernick Center. Metered spots are also available around campus.

 

Lodging

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Alof New Orleans Downtown, 225 Baronne Street. New Orleans, LA 70112. Reservations can be made here.

 

Will meals be provided?

Coffee, tea, and juice will be available upon arrival at the summit in the morning. A box lunch will be served at noon with an assortment of options for those with dietary restrictions. A reception will be provided at the conclusion of the summit.

 

We look forward to having you join us in New Orleans for the White House World AIDS Day Regional LGBT Summit! Should you have any questions or special accommodation needs, please contact sarahjane@forumforequality.org.

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Love Still Wins

We were barely done celebrating the signing of our State’s first fully-inclusive nondiscrimination Executive Order before the Attorney General started undermining and challenging it. On Tuesday, many in our community were preparing to celebrate history but instead witnessed (or woke up to) a very ominous outcome, as progressive candidates were defeated throughout the country. We now have a Vice President-Elect who has advocated to spend taxpayer dollars for conversion therapy, to “pray the gay away.” If it feels like we are not moving in a direct line towards progress, we feel it too.

We know you are concerned, and we know you may fear what this will mean for our community. One thing you need not fear for even a moment is our renewed commitment to building a full state of equality here at home. We know that people like the Attorney General will feel emboldened by the results of this election, but there are plenty of rays of light in races across the country as well: Oregon elected the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, North Carolina’s Governor McCrory, who signed the horrible House Bill 2 “bathroom bill” appears destined for defeat (too close to call at the moment), and Georgia elected its first openly gay male general assembly member, to name just a few victories in a sea of turmoil and surprises.

Even so, we know this is a difficult time for our community. I would ask you to please consider renewing your membership or providing a new one-time or sustaining donation – let your donation prove once and for all that #LoveSTILLWins. Your continued support ensures the fight will continue.

Yours in Equality,
Chris Otten
Chair, Forum for Equality Louisiana

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Show us the Records, Mr. Landry!

This morning, in response to repeated discriminatory actions against the LGBT community by the state’s chief legal officer, Forum for Equality demanded that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry release all correspondence between his office and Louisiana Family Forum, anti-equality Louisiana House Member Mike Johnson, and all of the state legislators who signed the public request for the Attorney General’s opinion on Gov. John Bel Edwards’s Executive Order.

This public records request is part of our continued effort to monitor Landry’s actions as well as those aligned with his mission, with the intent of insuring that everyone plays by the same rules. We must ensure that our elected officials, and our community, realize the impact of their actions and know that Forum for Equality will always be here to keep any potential foul play in check.

Since Gov. Edwards issued his all-inclusive Executive Order forbidding LGBT discrimination in state hiring and contracts, Attorney General Landry and a select few others have seemingly been coordinated in attacking the Executive Order and the entire LGBT community.

The Attorney General’s Office is entrenched in a battle of bias and Forum for Equality is ready to prevail in this battle. It is important for the public to be made aware of Jeff Landry’s actions in order to empower citizens to demand those actions comply with all appropriate regulations and rules.

With Equality,

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SarahJane Brady

Executive Director

PS. You can see a copy of the Press Release and Public Records Request sent to Attorney General Landry here. 

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