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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Press Release: HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SEEKS LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PUBLIC RECORDS

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SEEKS LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PUBLIC RECORDS

CONTACT: SarahJane Brady

Phone: (504) 569-9156

Email: sarahjane@forumforequality.org

Web: http://www.forumforequality.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NEW ORLEANS –  In a battle against repeated discriminatory actions against the LGBT community by the state’s chief legal officer, Forum for Equality is demanding that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) reveal all correspondence linking his office to a noted discriminatory group and an anti-equality legislator running for Congress.

Forum for Equality today submitted a public records request as part of the human rights group’s 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.

In its records request, the state’s leading LGBT rights group seeks any and/or all correspondence between the attorney general and the Louisiana Family Forum, its director Gene Mills, and State Representative Mike Johnson (R) Bossier City, a candidate for the US House, and any of the other 32 legislators that signed the public request for the Attorney General’s opinion on JBE 16-11.

Since Governor John-Bel 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. Most recently, their attacks came in the form of a lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of the Executive Order.

Landry’s sole reason for the lawsuit is the Executive Order’s non-discrimination protection for sexual orientation and gender identity – the very protections that Forum for Equality and its partners were instrumental in securing.

“This is another disgusting action taken by an attorney general who was elected to defend and represent the best interests of our state and all citizens,” said SarahJane Brady, Executive Director of Forum for Equality. “Instead, Landry continues to choose a path of hatred, ignorance and oppression. As we have always done, we will continue the fight for full equality.

“This request is being made to ensure 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.,” added Brady.

Forum for Equality Foundation Chair Sean Sullivan said, “The attorney general’s office is entrenched in a battle of bias and Forum for Equality is ready to prevail in that battle. It is important that the public be made aware of Jeff Landry’s actions and that citizens demand those actions comply with all proper regulations and rules.”

 

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Public Records Request to Attorney General Landry

 

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FFE PAC Endorsements for Nov. 8, 2016

US Senate

Caroline Fayard

(225) 922-9140

james@carolinefayard.com

 

US Representative 1st District

Lee Ann Dugas

(504) 466-9105

Ldugas2001@cox.net

 

US Representative 2nd District

Congressman Cedric Richmond

(504) 457-8101

info@cedricrichmond.com

 

Orleans Parish

Judge 4th Circuit Court of Appeal

Judge Laurie White

(504) 655-6681

info@judgelauriewhite.com

 

Criminal Court Judge (District D)

Judge Paul Bonin

(504) 586-0064

judgepaulbonin@gmail.com

 

Orleans School Board (District 4)

Walter Umrani

(504) 248-8594

electwalterumrani@gmail.com

 

Orleans School Board (District 6)

Woody Koppel

woodykoppel@gmail.com

www.electwoody.com

 

Orleans School Board (District 7)

Nolan Marshall, Jr

(504) 264-1779

nmarshalljrcampaign@gmail.com

 

Baton Rouge

Mayor/President: Dual endorsement

John Delgado

(225) 378-3001

info@delgado2016.com or johndelgadolaw@gmail.com

Denise Marcelle

(225) 933-4217

denisemarcelle1@yahoo.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 2

Gregory Handy Sr.

(225) 276-4647

standupcmcn@gmail.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 4

Maranda White

(225) 614-2834

info@marandawhite.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 5:

Dual endorsement

Daniel Banguel

(225) 328-3218

info@danielbanguel.com

Abi Winget

(225) 444-0377

Abifordistrict5@gmail.com

 

Baton RougeMetro Council District 7

LaMont Cole

(225) 389-3182

council-dist7@brgov.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 8

Antoine Pierce

(225) 242-9986

antoinepierce@gmail.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 9

Jim Mora

(225) 910-4600

info@jimmora.com

www.jimmora.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 10:

Dual endorsement

Lorri Burgess

(225) 362-0253

lorriburgess@gmail.com 

Leah Cullins

(225) 337-5792

leahforcouncil@gmail.com or leahscullins@gmail.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 11:

Dual endorsement 

Bonnie Budyach

(225) 572-8868

bonnie.budyach@icloud.com

www.bonniebudyach.com

Matthew Watson

(225) 266-7316

mattwatsondistrict11@gmail.com

 

Baton Rouge Metro Council District 12:

Dual endorsement 

Scott Cornelius

(225) 328-5468

electscottc@gmail.com

Barbara Freiberg

(225) 766-1711

bfrieberg@ebrschools.org

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Landry is at it AGAIN

jeff-landry-speaksWe just learned Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken it upon himself to once again attack the LGBT community, this time by filing a lawsuit seeking to block the enforcement of Governor Edwards’s all-inclusive executive order. His sole reason for the lawsuit is the Executive Order’s non-discrimination protections for our entire community: protections Forum for Equality and our partners were instrumental in securing.

This is another disgusting action taken by a person who was elected to defend and represent the best interests of our state and all citizens. Instead he continues to choose a path of hatred, ignorance and oppression. As we have always done, we will continue the fight for full equality.

The Attorney General’s office is entrenched in a battle of bias, but we will not back down from the fight – we are in it to win it. Help us in our fight against the attacks on our community and make a sustaining donation here. With your help, we will win.
With Equality,
SarahJane Brady

Executive Director

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