Tell Your Louisiana Senator You Support LENDA!

Senator Troy Carter’s Louisiana Employment Nondiscrimination Act (LENDA) passed out of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee by a vote of 4 to 3. We are very appreciative of Sen. Regina Barrow, Sen. Wesley Bishop, Sen. Troy Carter, and Sen. JP Morrell for their unwavering support of LENDA (SB 219)!

Protecting people from discrimination is about treating others as we want to be treated. We need to update our laws so all employees, including those who are LGBTQ, are hired, fired, or promoted based on their professionalism, qualifications and job performance — nothing more, nothing less.

LENDA now heads to the full Senate for a vote! It is imperative that you tell your Senator you support LENDA because protecting people from discrimination, including LGBTQ people, is the right thing to do.

With Equality,

SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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We can be fired in Louisiana

Senator Troy Carter has introduced the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act. LENDA (SB 219) will include employment protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Today, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee is voting on SB 219.

All people should be treated fairly and equally. That is why it is so shocking that in this day and age it is still legal under state law to fire hardworking individuals because they are gay or transgender.

The LGBT community wants to be judged based on performance and qualifications  — nothing more, nothing less. Tell the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee that you support LENDA and that protecting people from discrimination, including LGBT people, is the right thing to do.

Louisiana’s state motto is “Union, Justice and Confidence” – this should mean a place where people work hard and have faith in their state. Updating our non-discrimination laws to include the LGBT community would help ensure a fair opportunity to earn a living, meet our obligations, provide for ourselves and our families, and to build a better life and a better Louisiana, together.

With Equality,
SarahJane Guidry
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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Early Vote for Equality

THIS SATURDAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING !

Early voting for Spring Municipal Primary Election for Orleans Parish begins Saturday, March 10th and concludes Saturday, March 17th. Election Day is Saturday, March 24th.

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government.

We have have made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Div. A: Richard Perque

Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal: Judge Robin Pittman

State Representative, 93rd District: Kenny Bordes OR Royce Duplessis

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

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Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We hope you’ll think of us this year when you give!

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday! Your gift will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Please click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

Forum for Equality is Louisiana’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights organization, dedicated to creating a society free from discrimination and to supporting good government. We advocate, we educate, and we organize. We advocate for policy changes at all levels of government. We educate the public about the experiences, values, and needs of LGBTQ people. We organize grassroots equality advocates and coalitions to engage in the political process. And we work to elect candidates that stand with us on the issues that matter to our community.

We live in Louisiana, but for many, Louisiana lives in us. And it is up to us to make this state better for our community. Support Forum for Equality to help make Louisiana the place where we can all live and love equally.

Support Forum for Equality on #GivingTuesday!

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Endorsements for November 18 election!

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government. We have made the following endorsements in the November 18 election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Mayor of New Orleans: LaToya Cantrell OR Desiree Charbonnet

New Orleans City Council District B: Seth Bloom

New Orleans City Council District E: James Gray II

Orleans Civil District Court, Div. J: Omar Mason

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

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EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED, GO VOTE!

Think your vote doesn’t matter? Think again. In this past election, we saw a City Council race that was decided by only 111 votes. Every vote brings us that much closer to ensuring that our city is represented by pro-equality candidates. That is why it is critical that you get out and vote!

Planning on voting early? Early voting for the upcoming run-off election has begun and concludes this Saturday, November 11th. Find out where to vote by clicking here. This is your last chance to elect local pro-equality candidates this year.

Also, FFE PAC invites you to come and meet Seth Bloom, Candidate for City Council District B, this Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. We will be on the back porch of Bayou Wine Garden for appetizers and a chance to get to know Seth B! Contributions are appreciated, but not required to come.

Forum for Equality PAC interviews candidates and our membership votes to support those who are committed to advancing equality and good government. We have made the following endorsements in the upcoming election. Please support and vote for the following candidates:

Mayor of New Orleans: LaToya Cantrell OR Desiree Charbonnet

New Orleans City Council District B: Seth Bloom

New Orleans City Council District E: James Gray II

Orleans Civil District Court, Div. J: Omar Mason

For information on voting, locations and election ballots, please visit the Secretary of State website for election information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Forum for Equality and our endorsement process, please become a member today.

For Equality,

Kenny Tucker

Forum for Equality, PAC Chair

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Appeal Court Rules: Governor Edwards Cannot Protect Us

We are very disappointed with the First Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against Governor Edwards’ Nondiscrimination Executive Order.

Attorney General Jeff Landry, in his effort to dismantle protections for gay and transgender Louisianans from discrimination, is on the wrong side of history. The solid majority of our state support protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, but there are no such protections in our state or federal laws. This is why the executive order issued by Gov. Edwards is critical.

This decision marks a clear step backwards in Louisiana’s journey to becoming a state that welcomes all families to try to earn a living here and all businesses in search of a welcoming, business-friendly climate. We want to thank Governor John Bel Edwards and Executive Counsel Matt Block for standing for equality and for their hard work and dedication to protecting all citizens from discrimination.

While this is a disappointing outcome, we will continue to work toward securing legal protections from discrimination in employment and state services for all Louisianans. This decision does not mark the end of this battle. As we saw with the NBA’s decision to pull out of North Carolina, our state can expect to lose our competitive edge for securing and retaining businesses if we are not proactively fighting for equality.

Louisiana Trans Advocates and Forum for Equality are in conversation with the Administration on next steps. Should the Administration pursue an appeal to this decision, it would go to the Louisiana Supreme Court, who could decide whether or not to hear arguments in the case.

With equality,

Dylan Waguespack, President of Louisiana Trans Advocates

SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director of Forum for Equality

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