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Did you know June is Pride Month?


About Pride Month


According to the Library of Congress, Pride Month (LGBTQIA+ Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the "Gay Liberation Movement" in the United States. Today, celebrations include pride parades and other events that attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are also held during this month for members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have been lost to hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. The purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the positive impact the LGBTQIA+ community has made, despite decades of discrimination and other social and legal barriers.


LGBTQIA+ Barriers in Baton Rouge


While our country has made great strides in breaking down barriers for the LGTBQIA+ community over recent years, there are still improvements to be made. In 2014, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council rejected a proposed local law banning discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, also known as the "Fairness Ordinance." Louisiana is an “employment-at-will” state (LA Civ. Code Art. 2747, 2024). In general, either the employer or employee can end an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a law or contract explicitly prohibits it. There are laws in place to protect Louisiana workers from termination based on race, color, religious beliefs and sex. However our state currently does not have any law protecting LGBTQIA+ individuals from being terminated based on their sexual orientation and expression. In fact, SB 155, which would have made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against or fire an employee because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression was voted down just last year.The lack of protection for LGBTQIA+ workers is just one barrier that this community faces in Baton Rouge.



We want to hear from you, the young professionals in Baton Rouge who strive to make this community a better place. Please take this brief survey on LGBTQIA+ inclusiveness in our city. Results will be shared, however, respondents can choose to remain anonymous. 


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