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Second City in Louisiana Passes Fairness Ordinance

Post submitted by SarahJane Brady, Forum for Equality Executive Director

This past Tuesday was a historic day for Louisiana as Shreveport became the second city in the Pelican state to protect all Shreveport residents from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Forum for Equality, with our coalition partner PACE, congratulate the Shreveport City Council for passing the “Fairness Ordinance” in a remarkable 6 to 1 vote. This ordinance had bipartisan support from the City Council, was strongly supported by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, and had a strong endorsement from The Shreveport Times.
 
As part of a State Equality Fund grant from the Tides Foundation and the Gill Foundation, the “Be Fair Shreveport” multi-year campaign was a joint project between Forum for Equality and PACE. The passage of the Fairness Ordinance is an amazing result of these efforts. Individuals and businesses can learn about the research, tools, and information to build a stronger and more supportive workplace by visiting www.BeFairShreveport.org.
 
Shreveport now joins cities across the country as a home of fairness, equality and inclusiveness. The passage of the Fairness Ordinance is the culmination of commitment and hard work by PACE and Forum for Equality, and we are honored to have been a partner in bringing about this important change. Shreveport is pushing the movement for equality forward in Louisiana.

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