Shreveport Fairness Ordinance Passes (from PACE website)

BeFairShreveport[This information comes from the PACE web site.]

PACE and Forum for Equality congratulate the Shreveport City Council for passing a “Fairness Ordinance” that protects all Shreveport residents from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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.  Since 2009, City of Shreveport public employees and contractors have had these protections in the workplace.  This ordinance will put Shreveport in agreement with over 188 cities throughout the nation, the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies, and the opinions of a majority of Americans in all 435 U.S. Congressional districts.

“Today, Shreveport 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.  So today we celebrate, tomorrow we get back to work!” said SarahJane Brady, Executive Director of Forum for Equality.

Adrienne Critcher of PACE adds, “PACE has been working hard on workplace fairness issues in Shreveport for LGBT people since its founding in 2005, and is very grateful to Forum for Equality who joined with PACE to support this work in 2012 with funding from the State Equality Fund.  We are grateful for the goodwill of so many business, civic, and political leaders who have supported our work in Shreveport, and who have made it clear that they want our city to be forward-looking-being — in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr — a headlight rather than a tail light on issues of fairness.  And hopefully, we can begin to end the exodus of many of our most talented young people, both gay and straight, to cities that thrive on diversity.”

Individuals and businesses can learn about the research, tools, and information to build a stronger and more supportive workplace by visiting www.BeFairShreveport.org.

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