LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Louisiana:
There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Louisiana.
The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Louisiana:
In April 2016 Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order protecting state workers and contractors from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The legislature is also currently considering two LGBT non-discrimination bills. Senate Bill 436 would ensure that no Louisianans face discrimination in employment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Senate Bill 332 would amend the state’s civil rights laws to protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Louisiana:
- February 17, 1992: Governor Edwin Edwards issues an executive order prohibiting discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation.
- August, 1996: Governor Murphy J. Foster, Jr. allows the executive order to lapse.
- December 4, 2004: Governor Kathleen Blanco reissues Edwards’ executive order.
- August, 2008: Governor Bobby Jindal once again allows the order to lapse.
- May, 2015: A House committee rejects a bill that would have protected people who exercise their religious beliefs on same-sex marriage. However, Governor Jindal then issues an executive order to that end. On April 13, 2016, Governor Edwards rescinds that executive order.
- April 13, 2016: Governor John Bel Edwards reinstates the provision, as announced shortly after his election.
- March 14, 2016: Senate Bill 332, which would provide statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT Louisianans, is introduced in the legislature.
- April 5, 2016: Senate Bill 436, which would protect LGBT Louisianans from employment discrimination, is introduced in the legislature.
- April 13, 2016: Governor Edwards signs an executive order protecting state workers and contractors from discrimination.
Municipalities with LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Louisiana:
The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity:
- City of Baton Rouge (city employees only)
- City of New Orleans
- City of Shreveport
Last Updated January 29, 2019