Louisiana

#BlackLivesMatter advocate DeRay Mckesson arrested during Baton Rouge protest, released

"McKesson, who filmed the encounter on Periscope, repeatedly pointed out that they weren’t blocking the street and that there was no sidewalk in the area where they were marching."

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Louisiana governor protects LGBT state workers while two harmful anti-LGBT bills are considered

While Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people who work for state government, two bills, SB 288 and HB 597, continue to progress in legislation.

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Big Freedia: "When straight guys come up to me to tell me they like the show, I know things are changing"

Big Freedia says South is more LGBT-inclusive and talks new dramatic season of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.

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For the first time since Windsor, federal judge upholds Louisiana's ban on marriage equality

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Louisiana's statewide ban on marriage equality is constitutional, marking the first time a federal court has done so since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage" Act in 2013.

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July 28, 2014

Southern stories told by the Washington Blade

The Washington Blade recently published a series of articles detailing the quality of life of Southern LGBT individuals. The authors spent a week in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi chronicling accounts of those who have experienced poverty, discrimination, Hurricane Katrina, and other hardships not uncommon to residents of the South.

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February 19, 2014

Louisiana insurers use loophole to deny AIDS patients insurance

The state of Louisiana has only three insurance companies offering healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and all three are denying insurance to people who are HIV positive.

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Vast majority of Louisianans support LGBT legal protections

Louisiana State University (LSU)'s Public Policy Research Lab recently found that the overwhelming majority of people in the state believe that transgender and gay communities deserve equal protection under the law.

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