Forum For Equality Louisiana Plans for Busy Legislative Session

By Kenny Tucker, Acting Vice-Chair and Deputy Political Director, Forum For Equality Louisiana

With the 2011 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature set to begin April 25, Forum For Equality Louisiana is planning an aggressive equality campaign focusing on the following specific issues:

1) ANTI-BULLYING. With the issue of youth bullying capturing the mass media’s attention over the past year, Forum For Equality looks forward to lobbying legislators for the specific protection of K-12 students who find themselves bullied for actual or perceived characteristics including race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, and physical disabilities.

2) EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION. Forum For Equality will renew our efforts to prohibit discrimination or harassment by or within state agencies and departments on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, and political affiliation. This measure is long-overdue in state government and the Forum will work hard to advance this bill.

3) SECOND-PARENT ADOPTION. This bill was introduced last year, and Forum For Equality is proud to re-introduce it this year in an effort to help create more two-parent families for our state’s children. Specifically, this bill would allow single parents to petition to have a qualified individual (NOT related by blood or by marriage) become a second parent to the child or children. Such a bill will add more stability to the family unit and offer additional legal protections to the children of single parents in Louisiana.

This legislative agenda of Forum For Equality Louisiana will require the assistance of YOU for both membership and lobbying efforts. Renewing your Forum For Equality Louisiana membership (as well as getting your friends and family members to join) will help build and strengthen our organization as we lobby the legislature for our equality initiatives.

Additionally, our active members can assist in our legislative efforts by physically joining us at the Committee hearings this Spring. There is certainly added strength in numbers and with your help, Forum For Equality Louisiana can help make a difference for ALL of our state’s LGBT citizens. Join/renew your memberships today and stay tuned for future legislative session news.

About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.