The Four Anti-Trans Bills Filed by the Louisiana Legislature This Session Will Not Become Law

June 23, 2021

On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed SB 156, by Senator Beth Mizell, which would have barred transgender girls and women from joining sports teams that match their gender identity. Edwards called the proposal discrimination and a “solution in search of a problem that does not exist in Louisiana.”  Beth Mizell, who sponsored the legislation, […]

HB159 Helps Domestic Violence Victims Stop Abusers From Possessing Guns. Gun Lobbyists Oppose It.

June 7, 2021

  A bill to expand the definition of domestic abuse so it includes non-physical, emotional abuse, like coercion, control, and intimidation, is being considered for final passage in the Senate today.  The bill, HB159, was authored by Representative Malinda White, who is a domestic violence survivor. “I know what it feels like to be isolated […]

Let Them Play, “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” Shouldn’t Restrict Transgender Athletes From Participating in Sports

May 21, 2021

Growing up, sports were a huge part of my life. Many of the things I learned on athletic fields have served me well in life – lessons about teamwork, fair play, and setting and achieving goals. The most important might have been from playing against those who were stronger or better skilled — learning to […]

Legislative Updates: Controversial Conservative Education Bill Draws Ire of Democratic Legislators; Bill Addressing LGBTQ Housing Discrimination Receives Push Back From Republicans

May 12, 2021

The gun industry is in. The LGBTQ community is out.  Housing discrimination against the LGBTQ community could continue for at least another year after the defeat of HB 282 by Aimee Freeman earlier this week by a vote of 4-7 in the House Commerce Committee. All the Democrats on the committee voted for the legislation […]

Recently Advanced Louisiana Pay Transparency Bill Could Reduce Gender & Racial Wage Gaps

May 10, 2021

On Thursday, May 6 Representative Barbara Carpenter’s pay transparency legislation HB 245 advanced without objection through the Louisiana House Labor Committee to the House Floor. HB 245 will allow employees to discuss their salaries without fear of retaliation from their employer.  Mary Griggs, the President of the Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) commented on the bill, […]

New Orleans Trans Community Celebrates Rejection of Transphobic Bill–Warns Against Future Ones

May 9, 2021

At New Orleans City Hall, trans organizations, including the Real Name Campaign, and various leaders in the trans community celebrated the defeat of Louisiana State Representative Beryl Amedee’s (R-Houma) House Bill 542. The bill was aimed at limiting transgender female children from participating in girls’ sports. The bill, which was defeated in committee, would have […]

LA Legislators File Bills to Address Racial Discrimination in the Black Community

April 22, 2021

  Recently, several Louisiana legislators have filed eyebrow-raising legislation to include a bill that could make it illegal to teach about racism and sexism as well as bills that threaten health care for transgender people. To counter the series of regressive legislation filed by Republican legislators, four Democratic legislators and one Republican legislator have filed […]

LA State Rep. Mandie Landry Is Unapologetic in Her Fight for the Rights of Sex Workers

March 31, 2021

Working within the conservative Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature, it hasn’t been easy for a progressive first-term female Democrat like State Representative Mandie Landry to pass legislation vital to her constituents’ quality of life. But that hasn’t stopped Landry from preparing an aggressive 2021 legislative agenda that will address several important issues. At the top of Landry’s […]

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