Your Senator Needs To Hear from YOU!

The Louisiana Employment Nondiscrimination Act (LENDA) is coming up for a vote in the Senate and Forum for Equality needs YOU!

All hardworking people should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our state. Everyone should have the opportunity to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families, regardless of who they are or whom they love.

It is imperative that you tell your Senator right now that you support LENDA, because protecting people from discrimination, including LGBTQ people, is the right thing to do. Click here to send YOUR Senator an email of support for LENDA (SB 219).
We know that over 70% of Louisianans support workplace protections for the LGBTQ community. It is time for Louisiana law to reflect Louisiana values.

With Equality,
SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Let’s Get To Voting, Y’all!

TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY!

Make your plans to vote now. Election Day is tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th.

Just this past November, we saw a New Orleans City Council race that was decided by only 111 votes. This special election could be even closer. It is critical that you get out and vote!

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government.

We have have made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Div. A: Richard Perque

Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal: Judge Robin Pittman

State Representative, 93rd District: Kenny Bordes OR Royce Duplessis

If you would like to volunteer for one of these candidates tomorrow, please click on their name to connect you to their campaigns.

For information on your voting location, please visit the Secretary of State website.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

 

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Can’t Deny Love!

We are very disappointed with the Louisiana Supreme Court’s decision not to consider the appeal of Governor Edwards’s LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Executive Order.

In a 4-3 vote today, the Louisiana Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings endorsing Attorney General Jeff Landry’s effort to dismantle protections for gay and transgender Louisianans from discrimination.

Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson was blunt in her dissent: “I am dismayed that Louisiana finds itself, yet again, on the wrong side of history in a matter of civil rights and social justice.” The overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens support protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, but there are no such protections under state law. This is why the Governor’s Executive Order was such a crucial step forward for our State.

This decision is a clear step backward for Louisiana. We want to thank Governor John Bel Edwards and Executive Counsel Matthew Block for standing up for equality and their dedication to protecting all citizens from discrimination.

This decision does not mark the end of our battle. Currently, the Louisiana Employment Nondiscrimination Act is pending in the State Senate. While this decision is a disappointing outcome, use this moment to let your Senator know that securing legal protections for the LGBTQ community is non-negotiable, now more than ever.

With equality,

SarahJane Guidry

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Tell Your Louisiana Senator You Support LENDA!

Senator Troy Carter’s Louisiana Employment Nondiscrimination Act (LENDA) passed out of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee by a vote of 4 to 3. We are very appreciative of Sen. Regina Barrow, Sen. Wesley Bishop, Sen. Troy Carter, and Sen. JP Morrell for their unwavering support of LENDA (SB 219)!

Protecting people from discrimination is about treating others as we want to be treated. We need to update our laws so all employees, including those who are LGBTQ, are hired, fired, or promoted based on their professionalism, qualifications and job performance — nothing more, nothing less.

LENDA now heads to the full Senate for a vote! It is imperative that you tell your Senator you support LENDA because protecting people from discrimination, including LGBTQ people, is the right thing to do.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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We can be fired in Louisiana

Senator Troy Carter has introduced the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act. LENDA (SB 219) will include employment protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Today, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee is voting on SB 219.

All people should be treated fairly and equally. That is why it is so shocking that in this day and age it is still legal under state law to fire hardworking individuals because they are gay or transgender.

The LGBT community wants to be judged based on performance and qualifications  — nothing more, nothing less. Tell the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee that you support LENDA and that protecting people from discrimination, including LGBT people, is the right thing to do.

Louisiana’s state motto is “Union, Justice and Confidence” – this should mean a place where people work hard and have faith in their state. Updating our non-discrimination laws to include the LGBT community would help ensure a fair opportunity to earn a living, meet our obligations, provide for ourselves and our families, and to build a better life and a better Louisiana, together.

With Equality,
SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Early Vote for Equality

THIS SATURDAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING !

Early voting for Spring Municipal Primary Election for Orleans Parish begins Saturday, March 10th and concludes Saturday, March 17th. Election Day is Saturday, March 24th.

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government.

We have have made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Div. A: Richard Perque

Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal: Judge Robin Pittman

State Representative, 93rd District: Kenny Bordes OR Royce Duplessis

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

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

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Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We hope you’ll think of us this year when you give!

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday! Your gift will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Please click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

Forum for Equality is Louisiana’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights organization, dedicated to creating a society free from discrimination and to supporting good government. We advocate, we educate, and we organize. We advocate for policy changes at all levels of government. We educate the public about the experiences, values, and needs of LGBTQ people. We organize grassroots equality advocates and coalitions to engage in the political process. And we work to elect candidates that stand with us on the issues that matter to our community.

We live in Louisiana, but for many, Louisiana lives in us. And it is up to us to make this state better for our community. Support Forum for Equality to help make Louisiana the place where we can all live and love equally.

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

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