LGBT http://wrkf.org en Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too? http://wrkf.org/post/insight-protection-discrimination-lgbt-people-baton-rouge-too <p>New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. <a href="http://blog.nola.com/politics/print.html?entry=/2013/12/fairness_ordinance_shreveport_lgbt_gay_la.html" target="_blank">Shreveport</a> followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an <a href="http://theadvocate.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=w0BiPSnsMUfzk7Wj2nkK0JM5tm0Zxrvol3sywaAHBAnzd3OpEt2NmtrL5SKqvqqRE0$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ--&amp;CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&amp;CONTENTDISPOSITION=Fairness%20Ordinance.pdf" target="_blank">ordinance</a> to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.</p><p>Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for&nbsp;<em><a href="http://theadvocate.com/home/9578346-125/br-council-to-consider-anti-discrimination" target="_blank">The Advocate</a>, </em>discusses the dynamics at play.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29230 at http://wrkf.org Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School http://wrkf.org/post/gay-teacher-files-sex-discrimination-claim-against-georgia-school For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students.<p>But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man.<p>Under <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html">federal anti-discrimination laws</a>, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 editor 29114 at http://wrkf.org Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School Employment Non-Discrimination Bill Withdrawn http://wrkf.org/post/employment-non-discrimination-bill-withdrawn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>She knew she didn’t have the votes going into Tuesday’s Civil Law committee meeting, but Representative Karen St. Germain of Pierre Part still wanted proponents of her anti-discrimination bill to have their say.</p><p>“We’re here to do something for the public, and the public means everyone,” St. Germain told her fellow lawmakers. “This is a fairness bill.”</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25582 at http://wrkf.org Employment Non-Discrimination Bill Withdrawn Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wrkf.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 25298 at http://wrkf.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings http://wrkf.org/post/chris-kluwe-what-cost-him-his-job-minnesota-vikings Just before a big playoff weekend, the sports website Deadspin published an open letter by former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe, titled "<a href="http://deadspin.com/i-was-an-nfl-player-until-i-was-fired-by-two-cowards-an-1493208214">I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot</a>." Kluwe, a straight man, says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage cost him his job.<p>"In my mind, there's no logical conclusion that can be drawn, other than that I was fired for my activism," Kluwe tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's <em>Tell Me More</em>.<p>"My numbers and my stats were e Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:20:00 +0000 editor 20986 at http://wrkf.org Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings FRIDAY: The Duck Dynasty Drama, Remembering Jules D'Hemecourt http://wrkf.org/post/friday-duck-dynasty-drama-remembering-jules-dhemecourt <p>Jim discusses the controversy over "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's remarks about LGBT people, during a recent <em>GQ Magazine</em> interview and the A&amp;E network's decision to suspend him from the show.</p><p>Jim takes some time to remember the late Jules D'Hemecourt, also known as Tee Jules, a remarkable journalist and the artist behind the ever-popular, "Cajun 12 Days of Christmas".</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:05:29 +0000 Jim Engster 20331 at http://wrkf.org WEDNESDAY: Activist & Businessman Joe Traigle, The Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-activist-businessman-joe-traigle-pelican-institutes-kevin-kane <p>Jim talks with local businessman and gay rights advocate Joe Traigle about LGBT issues in Baton Rouge.</p><p>Kevin Kane, with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, on why coastal restoration funding from the federal RESTORE Act should be spent wisely.</p><p>State Representative Regina Barrow joins Jim to talk about the 40th annual Bayou Classic.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:53:25 +0000 Jim Engster 19332 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-discussion-hatred-against-lgbt-people-john-hill-john-weimer-john-denison <p>Jim talks about acts of anger and hatred against LGBT citizens in Louisiana with former Capitol correspondent John Hill, his partner John Weimer and former Monroe area news anchor John Denison.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:49:23 +0000 Jim Engster 14481 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison In Baton Rouge, the Closet is Crowded http://wrkf.org/post/baton-rouge-closet-crowded <p>In its <a href="http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/MEI_2012_Report.pdf" target="_blank">municipal survey</a> released in November, the Human Rights Campaign scored Baton Rouge a two out of 100 based on the policies and services the city has in place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Only Montgomery, Al., Frankfort, Ky. and Jefferson City, Mo. scored lower.</p><p>So we wondered if Baton Rouge’s dismal score is indicative of life for LGBT people here.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Lisa Lovello 4571 at http://wrkf.org In Baton Rouge, the Closet is Crowded