And the Acclaim Award winners are…

Wow, time flies! It’s the time of year where we come together to honor the amazing people in our state who fight for and uplift our community. Please join us at Forum for Equality’s Acclaim Awards Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, September 23rd! 

And now! The moment we have all been waiting for… Drum roll, please… 

Forum for Equality’s 2017 Acclaim Award Winners:

Leadership: New Orleans Pelicans
Political Advocacy: Councilmember-at-Large Jason Williams
Healthcare: Dr. Jamie Buth

2017 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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You are not a burden

Today’s announcement by President Trump that thousands of patriotic service members will be barred from serving our nation in uniform solely on the basis of their gender identity is not only an act of discrimination, but an affront to core values Americans share when it comes to our military. Those who are ready, willing and able to put their lives on the line to secure and defend our freedoms should never have to face being denied basic security themselves in furtherance of a narrow, ideological agenda.

We are proud to stand behind so many brave men and women who have made incredible sacrifices on our behalf in the armed forces. Transgender people have served this nation with distinction and courage, and they deserve nothing short of our full gratitude and support. While the President fell short of that imperative today, Forum for Equality will never stop working to see the day that everyone – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – always has the dignity to live up to their full potential, and we will continue to cherish and be thankful for all who are willing to risk the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure the full blessings of liberty for all of us.

With Equality for All,

SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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FFE Annual Meeting Rescheduled to August 10th!

Due to Tropical Storm Cindy, we postponed the Annual Membership Meeting that was originally scheduled for the evening of June 22nd. We have rescheduled our event for Thursday, August 10th, at LeMieux Galleries (332 Julia Street, New Orleans, 70130). We hope to see you there!

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
The Executive Board of Forum for Equality Louisiana submits the following names for election to a two year term on FFE Louisiana’s Board of Directors:
Darrin Duplissey
Randy Evans (Repeating)
Ryan McNeely (Repeating)
Chris Otten (Repeating)
Vincenzo Pasquantonio (Repeating)
Glenn Reames (Repeating)
Brandon Robb (Repeating)
Dylan Waguespack
Those listed above will be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, August 10th. Those elected at that time will join the following Board Members who were elected last year for a two year term — Charlotte D’Ooge, Mary Griggs, Amy Langlinais, Ramsey Marcello, Julie Thibodaux and Kenny Tucker.

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Help us celebrate that #LoveIsTheLaw

Happy anniversary!June 26 marks the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

Remember how amazing it was to read the news and see that, at last, same-sex couples would be afforded equal dignity, respect, and protections as any other married couple? Remember how many happy, smiling couples (and beautiful, colorful rainbows) were splashed all over the Internet?

Let’s make it happen again this year – let’s flood social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with images of same-sex couples and proud supporters to celebrate how far we’ve come. Today, please share a photo of your love or a picture of yourself with a same-sex couple you love, and post it with the hashtag #LoveIsTheLaw.

This happy anniversary comes on the heels of a legislative session fraught with legislative attacks on the LGBTQ community, especially our transgender friends and neighbors. And opponents of LGBTQ equality have repeatedly encouraged President Trump to roll back marriage protections for same-sex couples, even going so far as to pressure him to appoint a Supreme Court Justice who would vow to overturn the marriage decision.

Clearly, there’s a lot of work to do and the fight for full LGBTQ equality continues on. Let’s use this anniversary to remind the nation that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love – period – and forcefully assert the reality that #LoveIsTheLaw, once and for all.

Please join us by sharing your wedding photo, a photo of yourself celebrating at a loved one’s wedding, or your favorite marriage moment in your life, and let’s unite with one voice to celebrate that #LoveIsTheLaw – nationwide!

Yours in the fight for full equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Postponed: Annual Membership Meeting

The weather forecast for Tropical Storm Cindy continues to pose a threat of heavy rains and localized flooding for Southern Louisiana through Thursday.

Out of an abundance of caution and careful consideration for the safety of our members, especially those traveling from outside New Orleans, we regret to inform you that we have postponed the Annual Membership Meeting that was originally scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June 22nd.

We will announce a new date and time shortly. In the meantime, please feel free to contact SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director, at sarahjane@forumforequality.org with any questions.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Stay safe!

Check out our Facebook event page for updated information.

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
The Executive Board of Forum for Equality Louisiana submits the following names for election to a two year term on FFE Louisiana’s Board of Directors:

  • Darrin Duplissey
  • Randy Evans (Repeating)
  • Ryan McNeely (Repeating)
  • Chris Otten (Repeating)
  • Vincenzo Pasquantonio (Repeating)
  • Glenn Reames (Repeating)
  • Brandon Robb (Repeating)
  • Dylan Waguespack

Those listed above and anyone nominated before June 16th will be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting. Those elected at that time will join the following Board Members who were elected last year for a two year term — Charlotte D’Ooge, Mary Griggs, Amy Langlinais, Ramsey Marcello, Julie Thibodaux and Kenny Tucker.

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Thank you, Senators!

This is the second year the full Louisiana Senate was able to vote on employment non-discrimination. And while we came up short, we gained new votes in support. It is important to thank those who stand on the right side of history.

Thank the Senators who voted in favor of the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Send a thank you to Sen. Allian (R), Sen. Barrow (D), Sen. Bishop (D), Sen. Boudreaux (D), Sen. Carter (D), Sen. Colomb (D), Sen. Luneau (D), Sen. Morrell (D), Sen. Peterson (D), Sen. G. Smith (D), Sen. J. Smith (R) for voting YES on the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act – SB 155.

And it is with a full heart of gratitude in which we thank Sen. Troy Carter for authoring and advocating for the passage of LENDA this session.

We know all people should be treated fairly. The LGBT community wants to be judged based on performance and qualifications  — nothing more, nothing less. Forum for Equality will continue to fight for full lived equality in Louisiana.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Forum for Equality 2017 Annual Meeting

When: Thursday, June 22 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Join our current and incoming leadership for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting.

Find out what we have been working on for the past year and what lies ahead of us.

Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Facebook Event Page: HERE

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