This last week has been truly remarkable. By an overwhelming vote of 6-to-1, Shreveport became Louisiana’s second city to protect all of its citizens from discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Fairness Ordinance was a bipartisan effort co-sponsored by council members Jeff Everson (D) and Oliver Jenkins (R). We owe thanks and appreciation to all the council members who voted yes on this essential ordinance. Click here to send them a message of gratitude.
As expected, the anti-LGBT group Louisiana Family Forum attempted a last minute effort to derail the Fairness Ordinance. You can read its small-minded letter here: bit.ly/19fybtq Happily, six of the seven Shreveport council members were not swayed by the hateful tactic.
PACE and Forum for Equality have worked hard over the past two years through our “Be Fair Shreveport” campaign. Our goal was to educate the community, connect with our elected and civic leaders and advocate for positive, inclusive change in law, as well as hearts and minds. Regressive thinking has no place in Louisiana. Every step forward – like the one in Shreveport this week – is one step closer to a fairer and more equal state.
Shreveport now joins the likes of much larger cities, including New Orleans, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. We are thankful for this progressive and inclusive vision. Let’s flood the council members with our warm thoughts of appreciation and cheerful thanks from all over Louisiana! Their actions were heard beyond their city, throughout the state and across the country this week. Let them know that they made history.
Executive Director, Forum for Equality