Earlier this session, Rep. Joe Bouie introduced the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act (LENDA). This important legislation (HB 302) would have included employment protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Unfortunately, the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted 9-5 to involuntarily defer LENDA – HB 302. It is so shocking that Representatives still believe it is okay for state law to lack the protections for hardworking individuals simply because they are gay or transgender.
Let us take a moment to send our appreciation and gratitude to Rep. Joe Bouie for his hard work and authorship of LENDA – HB 302 this legislative session. It is because of legislators such as him that we continue to push the Pelican State forward. Send him a thank you note here.
The LGBT community wants to be judged based on performance and qualifications — nothing more, nothing less. Louisiana’s state motto is “Union, Justice and Confidence” – this should mean a place where people know that the State values them and their hard work, period.
We will continue to fight for fairness, and to build a better life and a better Louisiana, together.
Executive Director, Forum for Equality