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Shreveport adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Shreveport City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its list of protected classes.

Shreveport, La.

Shreveport, La.

The Shreveport Fairness Ordinance, adopted by a vote of 6-1, would prohibit discrimination against LGBT residents in the areas of employment, housing and public spaces.

While Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover signed an executive order in 2009 declaring protections for all city employees who are gay or transgender, the Fairness Ordinance extends those provisions to all residents within the city.

In Louisiana, and 29 other states, there are no state or federal protections in place to prevent someone from being fired, evicted or denied service just because of who they are or who they love.

People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE), a local organization that works to advance equality in Northwest Louisiana, led the Be Fair Shreveport effort.

“Discrimination is not only wrong, it’s bad for business,” said PACE political director Adrienne Critcher, who cited both ethical and economic reasons for the ordinance.

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“Public policy experts find that any city hoping to succeed in a globally competitive market must be able to attract and retain high-tech, high-talent, knowledge-based workers who use openness to diversity and, in particular, fair treatment of gay people as a proxy for whether that city provides a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to live and work,” she said. “Companies seeking the best employees make it clear they do not discriminate.”

She also notes that most national companies that do business in Shreveport already prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in their company nondiscrimination policies.

Shreveport becomes only the second city in Louisiana with an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance; New Orleans is the other.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Yes!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:56am
  2. WOW amazing

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:57am
  3. YAY!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00am
  4. Great news.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00am
  5. Finally my state is doing something right!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:02am
  6. Wow I would have never thought any place in Louisiana would ever do this willingly

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:02am
  7. Alright Shreveport!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:11am
  8. awesome thanks

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:11am
  9. god bless this state

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:11am
  10. Hope

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:17am
  11. Shreveport residents also excited that local cable station will begin airing The X-Files, Boy Meets World and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:31am
  12. Ds9 owns.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:38am
  13. Congrats! Marie Curry, did you see this?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:40am
  14. Damn, alright now! : )

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:01am
  15. Thank Cthulhu something positive comes out of my home state.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:18am
  16. Yay, Shreveport! Probably helps they have werewolves there. I saw that on True Blood, so I know it’s true. :-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:21am
  17. Hard to believe!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:40am
  18. Incredible. Never thought I would see this. Great news and its a start. Thank you Shreveport.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:54am
  19. nice

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  20. Candice Farris-Burry

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:37am
  21. And who says there are no hope for the South!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:49am
  22. I’m proud of my state

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:06am
  23. Didn’t see that coming….Southern States finally waking up and realizing what’s best for there citizens…:-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:16am
  24. Way to go!!! Glad to see some people are open minded. Makes me miss home.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:53am
  25. Cidade de True Blood <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:49am
  26. That’s pretty amazing. I wonder how long the ordinance will survive in such a redneck area. It’s opponents will probably try to repeal it through the ballot, just like what happened in some smaller Kansas cities that did this last year. Still, it’s an important first step.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:14am
  27. all I can say is WOW

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:22am
  28. yea..a few Christians in this state..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:34am
  29. A positive step in the right direction!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:52am
  30. If only we could do this on a state or national level instead of peice meal.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:37pm