The Times-Picayune
March 7, 2013

Sexual orientation and gender identification would not be factors in state employment, according to an anti-discrimination bill filed Tuesday in Baton Rouge by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. Similar legislation has been proposed every year since 2011 but has not successfully made it to the Legislature floor for debate. House Bill 85 would prohibit discrimination in state employment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, defined as any external characteristics or behaviors including dress and mannerisms.