What a momentous day for the City of New Orleans, and the great State of Louisiana! As New Orleans continues to celebrate its Tricentennial, we mark a new page in history with the first female mayor of one of nation’s greatest cities. We send our sincere congratulations to Mayor LaToya Cantrell on her first day.
Louisiana is making giant strides this year with three of our largest cities – Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans – now being led by black female mayors. Each of these mayors has worked to integrate equality into their cities, and we are grateful for their passion and conviction.
Mayor Ollie Tyler of Shreveport stood against the discriminatory Marriage and Conscience Act. And Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome of Baton Rouge hired an LGBTQ liaison and is continuing to protect LGBTQ parish employees from discrimination. We have seen the initiative of these strong female leaders from North to South Louisiana. And today, Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined them with a past of strongly supporting our community through initiatives such as the “Welcoming Cities” resolution. She has repeatedly emphasized that the main focus of her administration will be to double down on New Orleans’ reputation as a place of diversity and inclusion.
Almost thirty years after Forum for Equality’s founding, we can see that our voices are stronger together. The strength of these mayors and the boldness of their forward-looking agenda give us hope that Louisiana will one day be a state of equality for all.