Protest for Anti-LGBTQIA+ Bills Set for May 20 in Downtown Shreveport
Local organization Rainbow Political Action Coalition (PAC) will be holding a peaceful protest at the Shreveport courthouse beginning at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 20 in opposition to the recent anti-LGBTQIA+ bills that have passed the House floor in Louisiana. Some of those bills include:
HB466 would prohibit school employees from teaching or discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom.
HB81 would require teachers to use student's sexual identity and name they were assigned at birth. This proposal has an exception if the student's parent provides written permission to do otherwise.
HB648 (previously HB463) would ban gender-affirming care for minors and would not allow exceptions for parents to give permission for their children to access gender-affirming care.
On Monday, May 8 HB81 went to the House floor for debate and voting, passing in a 61-33 vote.
On Tuesday, May 9 HB466 went to the House floor and passed in a 67-28 vote. HB648 passed House Health & Welfare on Friday, May 5 and is awaiting a vote on the House floor on Tuesday, May 16.
Rainbow PAC held a protest on Friday, May 12 in front of Dodie Horton's Haughton office. Members of the community rallied to raise awareness about the impact of these bills and how they will affect our youth. Horton, who authored HB466 (also known as the "Don't Say Gay Bill"), responded on social media with this statement:
Rainbow PAC, as well as Queerport, urges our queer community and allies to get involved to speak out against this hateful agenda being pushed by Horton and the GOP. Here are a few ways you can help:
Share this and other local news, information, etc. pertaining to these bills with your friends and family.
Join Rainbow PAC on Facebook.
Donate to Rainbow PAC to help them raise funds for their political action and legal defense fund, and for campaigns to replace anti-LGBTQIA+ law makers.
Contact our State Representatives and Senators, and voice your concerns.