Forum for Equality

Forum for Equality is Louisiana's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve our goals is through community organization, education, and constructive participation in the political process.

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Category:Human Rights
Impact in the Community:
Advocating for change across Louisiana, such as working with our partners on Be Fair Shreveport to extend employment, housing, and accommodations protections for the LGBT community, and working with the NOPD to implement their first ever LGBT policy.

Protecting city employees from discrimination in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Jefferson Parish, and Bossier City

Defeating anti-LGBT legislation that would harm and restrict our rights and freedoms, including the notorious 'Marriage and Conscience Act' by Representative Mike Johnson.

Engaging legislators, organizations, communities and allies across the state to ensure expanded rights for the LGBT community

Educating communities on hate crimes, economic impact of discrimination, faith, and equality through media, town halls, seminars, and public forums

Louisiana Equality Means Business

LAEMB is a project of the Forum for Equality Foundation that highlights major employers in Louisiana who have adopted comprehensive nondiscrimination policies and demonstrated their commitment to valuing and including all employees. We believe that promoting companies who set the standard with comprehensive and inclusive policies is the best way to encourage others to promote diversity and to strengthen Louisiana's capacity to recruit and retain a talented workforce.
For more information, visit - and follow this project on Facebook.

Nondiscrimination Protections

Forum for Equality works on employment nondiscrimination efforts throughout Louisiana by engaging in public education and advocacy on the local and state level. We have been successful in expanding local protections for public employees in New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe, and Lafayette. We also work with corporations and governmental entities to discuss employment equality, discrimination and harassment in the workplace by providing trainings and educational seminars. We have presented to many leading Louisiana companies such as General Electric and as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United State Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Louisiana, and National Labor Relations Board.