Shreveport, LA – December 21, 2013
At the Friday, Dec. 20th Shreveport City Council Meeting, Council Member Ron Webb introduced an ordinance to repeal the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance, which had just been enacted at the Dec. 10th meeting by a 6-1 vote, with Webb as the lone dissenter. The Shreveport Fairness Ordinance provides protections from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity for people who live and work in Shreveport.
Other city council members made clear their continued support for the Fairness Ordinance, and there is no indication that only ten days after voting for the Fairness Ordinance that the other six council members had any interest in re-legalizing discrimination. The repeal ordinance will be voted on at the 3 pm, Jan. 14, 2014, Shreveport City Council meeting.
The current nondiscrimination protections enacted by the Fairness Ordinance are supported by both the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport-Bossier African-American Chamber of Commerce. Majorities in every Congressional district throughout the U.S. support these nondiscrimination protections. A recent statewide poll conducted by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab found that 89.3% of Louisianans support Shreveport’s current workplace protections and 93.7% support the current housing protections enacted by the Fairness Ordinance.
PACE and Forum for Equality have been working together on the “Be Fair Shreveport” campaign for two years to raise awareness of workplace fairness issues that LGBT people face. They applaud the bipartisan six (of seven) Shreveport City Council members for their continued support of fairness for all Shreveport citizens.
Individuals and businesses can learn about the research, tools, and information to build a stronger and more supportive workplace by visiting www.BeFairShreveport.org.
July 22, 2014, 10:25 am