What is your story?

Please share your stories with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which is very interested in sharing with its readers how Louisiana makes it difficult for same-sex and LGBT couples.

The paper already has one story of discrimination that it says is very compelling and wants to continue the conversation. It is important for as many of us as possible to share our experiences based on sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. The Times-Picayune will contact you after your submission for permission to use your story in follow-up articles.

Here is a column on how Louisiana law makes life difficult for same-sex couples – the column that triggered the newspaper editors’ interest in telling our stories: Louisiana makes life difficult for gay couples: John Hill. Also, participate in the paper’s poll that asks if you favor prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

This is the paper’s request:
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune is looking for folks who have been affected by the kinds of discrimination John Hill describes above. Have you lost or not been hired for a job due to your sexual orientation?
Have you incurred costs over contracts and other legal work that would be unnecessary if you were able to marry? Please let us know by leaving a comment in the stream below OR emailing Community Engagement Specialist Maggie Calmes at mcalmes@nola.com.
With your permission, we will gather these experiences for a feature on NOLA.com. Thank you for sharing.

With appreciation for your participation,

SarahJane Brady
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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.
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