Give Where You Live, Louisiana!

Today is #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday has become a global movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy during the holiday season. How are you supporting Forum for Equality and our community on this global day of giving? We have so many ways that you can get involved and help give where you live!

  1. Make a donation that will support the work of making Louisiana a more fair and just place to call home! Just for today, if you donate at least $25, you’ll become a FFE member for 2019.
  2. Give a gift of at least $25 today, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to one of these great spots: Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans Boulder Lounge, City Segway Tours, or Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  3. Help spread the word about how people can participate in #GivingTuesday by supporting Forum for Equality. Forward this email to your friends and family and tell them about Forum for Equality and the communities you support.
  4. Stay updated on Forum for Equality news and events by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and joining our email list.

We know that equality begins at home. Who else besides us Louisianans are going to make this happen? We need each other, and Forum for Equality needs you this #GivingTuesday. WE cannot do this without you!

Forward Together,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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FFE Endorsements for the November 6 2018 Election

At the Forum for Equality PAC membership endorsement meeting, our members voted to make the following endorsements in the upcoming statewide elections as well as in key races in Alexandria and Orleans Parish. Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government. Please support and vote for the following candidates in the November 6th election:

Statewide Races

US Rep 2nd Congressional – Cedric Richmond

US Rep, 6th Congressional District Race – Justin Dewitt

New Orleans

Judge, Civil District Court, Division E – Richard Perque

Clerk, Civil District Court – Jared Brossett

Clerk, 1st City Court – Austin Badon

Alexandria

Mayor – Catherine Davidson

To read the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana’s guide to the constitutional amendments, please follow this LINK.

Find important election information here – GeauxVote.com

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today. If you have questions regarding our endorsements, please contact Kenny Tucker, FFE PAC Chair, kenny.tucker@forumforequality.org.

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Coming out for the Acclaim Awards?

IT IS ALMOST HERE — the 2018 Twentieth Anniversary Acclaim Awards Gala is this Saturday! As we prepare for a new year of accomplishments and potential challenges, we want to honor an inspiring leader that has made a tremendous impact on equality here in Louisiana: Governor John Bel Edwards.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proven himself to be a leader focused on moving Louisiana forward. His work has included creating greater access to quality healthcare through Medicaid expansion, stabilizing funding for higher education, implementing historic and bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation and creating job equality in state government.

As part of his efforts, he has supported the LGBT community by issuing an executive order protecting gay and transgender state employees, state contractors and recipients of state services. He helped secure New Orleans as the venue for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game by promoting the rich diversity and inclusiveness of our great state and the city itself. In addition, Gov. Edwards has employed members of the LGBT community in his office and administration.

We are proud to have a Governor that exemplifies the Louisiana values of union, justice and confidence. Please stand with us as we honor him with the 2018 Acclaim Award for his political leadership.

We hope you will come out and join us Saturday night for the Twentieth Annual Acclaim Awards gala.
It is definitely not a night to be missed! You can find more information about the Acclaim Awards and purchase your tickets here!

Yours in Equality,
SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Early Bird Gets the Discount!

In just a couple of weeks, we will be celebrating Forum for Equality’s 20th Anniversary Acclaim Awards Gala! Join us at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, October 13th as we honor Governor John Bel Edwards for unrelenting support of the LGBTQ community! Read more about Governor Edwards and his accomplishments here.

2018 has been an exciting year, and we are thrilled to celebrate our victories and prepare for a new year with new challenges and more gains.

Our early bird tickets are on sale until October 1st, so reserve your seat and purchase your discounted tickets here!

We look forward to celebrating with you at one of the most memorable – and meaningful – events of the year!

 

Yours in Equality,

 

 

SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

PS. Do you and your friends want to enjoy the dinner together? If so, sign up to be a table captain! Table captains can buy a table for 10 or put together a group of 10 people who buy tickets to be seated together. We invite all of our table captains to our patron welcome reception as thanks for their efforts to make the Acclaim Awards Gala the best event of the year! Send me an email at sarahjane@forumforequality.org to sign up.

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Support the Lafayette Public Library!

Yes, the libraries in Lafayette are still being attacked for being a space for learning and exploration. The Lafayette Public Library is joining many others in hosting a story time by local drag queens. The positive impact of inclusivity and diversity through these events is felt in the communities we call home.

Now the Louisiana Family Forum is pressuring the Lafayette City Parish Council to take a position on the Library’s Drag Queen Story Time event hosted by the local Delta Lambda Phi chapter at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You can find the Louisiana Family Forum’s call to action here.

No matter where you hail from, tell the Lafayette City Parish Council that you support the queens’ right to read – and everyone’s right to enjoy their public library as a place where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated!

If you live in Acadiana, tonight, Tuesday, September 18th, the Lafayette City Parish Council is meeting at 5:30PM and there will be an opportunity for public comment. We encourage you to attend and share your support for your public library and our shared values of love, respect, education and diversity.

Story times are about bringing families together to encourage literacy by reading children’s books in a fun way. Drag queens are performance artists, many of whom have children of their own. This is an activity that families can choose to attend. And every family should have the opportunity to use the public library no matter who they are or whom they love.

Remember the statement from the Lafayette Public Library:
The Drag Queen Story Time will share stories of individuality, openness and acceptance with families seeking an opportunity to show their children that every person is unique and should be treated with equal respect.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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And the Acclaim Award Goes To…

Wow, time flies! It’s the time of year where we come together to honor those in our state who fight for and uplift our community. Please join us at Forum for Equality’s 20th Anniversary Acclaim Awards Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, October 13th!

Honoring Forum for Equality’s 2018 Acclaim Award Winner

Governor John Bel Edwards

Read more about Governor Edwards and his accomplishments here.

2018 has been an exciting year, and we are thrilled to celebrate our victories and prepare for a new year with new challenges and more gains.

Reserve your seat and purchase your discounted Early Bird tickets here!

Do you and your friends want to enjoy the dinner together? If so, sign up to be a table captain! Table captains can buy a table for 10 or put together a group of 10 people who buy tickets to be seated together. We invite all of our table captains to our Patron Party as thanks for their efforts to make the Acclaim Awards Gala the best event of the year! Send me an email at sarahjane@forumforequality.org to sign up.

We look forward to celebrating with you at one of the most memorable – and meaningful – events of the year!

 

Yours in Equality,

SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Let the Queens Read!

Libraries are a space for learning and exploration. Over the past few years we have seen an explosion in visibility for the LGBTQ community, and part of that has been through story times hosted all over the country by local drag queens. The positive impact of inclusivity and diversity through these events is felt in the communities we call home.

Members of the local Delta Lambda Phi chapter at UL Lafayette planned to host a Drag Queen Story Time event at the Lafayette Public Library. Some critics began contacting the library and Lafayette Consolidated Government offices to complain. City-Parish President Joel Robideaux decided he would pressure the Lafayette Public Library’s board members to cancel the Story Time event.

Lafayette is a beautiful city with a unique and rich history of diversity, inclusivity, and creative expression in every form imaginable. For many years, Lafayette has provided a safe and accepting home for its vibrant LGBTQ community, and this history includes a long tradition of drag performers having a huge presence in Mardi Gras celebrations, local fundraisers, parties, festivals, drag shows – and now story time readings at the library.

Click here to tell City-Parish President Robideaux that you support our queens’ right to read – and everyone’s right to enjoy their public library as a place where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated!

These popular events are about bringing families together to encourage literacy by reading children’s books in a fun way. Drag queens are performance artists, many of whom have children of their own. And every family should have the opportunity to use the public library as a place to share in our values of love, respect, education and diversity.

The Lafayette Public Library says it best:

All story programs for this age group are designed for families to attend together and involve books, songs and craft activities that encourage interaction among the children. The picture books that are read are content- and age-appropriate. The Drag Queen Story Time will share stories of individuality, openness and acceptance with families seeking an opportunity to show their children that every person is unique and should be treated with equal respect.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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