SarahJane Guidry is the executive director of Forum For Equality, Louisiana’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. Under her leadership, Forum For Equality has passed nondiscrimination protections in several cities, created a Safe Schools program to combat anti-LGBTQ bullying, and helped defeat discriminatory legislation, including the controversial ‘Marriage and Conscience Act’ brought in 2015 by Rep. Mike Johnson. SarahJane continues the work with her organization and others to pass a comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination ordinance.
“Louisiana’s state motto is ‘Union, Justice and Confidence’ – this should mean a place where people work hard and have faith in their state,” SarahJane said. “Updating our law would help ensure the confidence of gay and transgender citizens of a fair opportunity to earn a living, meet our obligations, provide for ourselves and our families, and to build a better life and a better Louisiana, together.”