9: Begin gathering for march at Memorial Bell Tower
9:15: March to the PMAC Building
9:40 – 11: The Rebuttal Rally
11: March to LSU Student Union for Networking Break
Noon-1:30: Panel Discussion
2-3: Workshop Session
Topics: Social Media Activism, Grassroots Lobbying, Direct Action, Intersectional Coalitions
We, students at Louisiana State University, are joining together to support each other and to work for a stronger Louisiana. Organize, Reflect, Act is a community response to an event organized by the American Family Association (AFA) on January 24 at LSU. Unlike the AFA, we believe that embracing our differences, rather than repressing them, is the key to building the kind of state we want to live in. That state looks very different than the one AFA envisions. We imagine a state that values and protects the lives and contributions of all Louisianians. We find strength in our diversity, traditions and spiritual beliefs.
In addition to a nonviolent rebuttal protest, we are also hosting break-out sessions to provide trainings for people on how to be more effective community organizers in their areas of interest ranging from social media usage to direct action, and more.
To conclude our events for the day we will be hosting a panel discussion on how we can bring about the kind of justice that is sorely needed in Louisiana and how we can move forward making our state more loving, more inclusive and closer to our values through our words and deeds.
On January 24, the AFA will host a prayer rally at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU main campus in Baton Rouge in an effort to position himself as a presidential candidate.
The American Family Association, a radical outside organization that, in addition to supporting the passage of Uganda’s anti-gay law which calls for LGBT Ugandans or anyone “promoting homosexuality” to be jailed – potentially for life, has expressed all of the following publicly:
- LGBT people are to blame for the Holocaust.
- Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters occurred because of the nation’s growing legal acceptance of the LGBT community.
- Native Americans should have adapted to white culture to avoid mass genocide.
- Muslims are a threat to national security.
- Eric Garner, who was killed in a chokehold by a police officer, was to blame for his own death.
This organization claims to be part of a moral majority, but we know that there is no morality in their words. There is no morality in hate.
We can’t sit back and let the AFA chart a vision for our state that doesn’t value and protect everyone. It is our responsibility to come together and fix the problems of the place we call home. We need diverse voices in order to truly do that. We need your voice. So, come join us on January 24 at 9 a.m!
The Louisiana LGBTQ Business List
NOW Shreveport – Bossier
Forum For Equality
Capital City Alliance
Louisiana Progress Action
National Council of Jewish Women
Join community activists from Baton Rouge to start a dialogue, stop the violence and stop the tears.
Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin’s mother and founder of the Trayvon Matrin Foundation)
Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed (Community activist and filmmaker)
Deric Muhammad (Community activist and author)
Dee-1 (Hip hop artist)
Some of the nations most vocal activists and organizers will gather with the community to openly voice and discuss what’s happening in America and what’s happening in the urban community. We will focus on why this is being called the New Civil Rights Era, police brutally, and urban violence, along with who benefits from the stand your ground laws and if its for all Americans or just a select few.
There will also be a very special focus on grieving mothers who have lost their children to violence and senseless killings. Be the first to get a sneak peek at the sequel to the award-winning documentary To Live and Die In Amerikkka.
This is a community event and your presence is requested be there.
Watch WBRZ’s interview with Arthur ‘Silky Slim’ Reed about the event:
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring anyone you know, and take action for equality with others in your community!
Together with Capital City Alliance, Baton Rouge Pride Fest, MCC Baton Rouge, PFLAG Baton Rouge and Spectrum, Equality Louisiana (EQLA), the statewide coalition of LGBT and allied advocacy groups, will host a free workshop open to everyone in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
**The event will take place in the large meeting room on the second floor for the Barnes and Noble at LSU.
EQLA’s Community Connects are a great opportunity to learn about state-level LGBT-related legislation coming up in the 2015 legislative session that will begin April 13. We will discuss the big issues faced by our community and the different ways we can all advocate for LGBT people, no matter how hectic our schedules are.
We want everyone to leave ready to make your voice heard.
EQLA will be traveling all over the state in the coming weeks, so look for a Community Connect event near you if you are not in the Baton Rouge area.
Spectrum and Equality Louisiana are proud to present the 2015 Louisiana Queer Conference, the largest student-run LGBTQ conference in the South, with the support of Louisiana Trans Advocates, Capital City Alliance, Qroma, the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, and LSU Student Government!
All students and community members are welcome to join us on March 14 for workshops, caucus sessions, an update on the state of the LGBTQ movement in Louisiana, a fantastic keynote address, and a panel of queer student leaders from across the state.
Throughout the conference, we will reflect on this year’s theme, “Bold Not Broken: Queer Resilience in the South,” which centers the work of queer Southern activists that have lived, worked, and built lives here for decades in the face of a growing national narrative–that the South has been an “impossible” place to organize and is now the new frontier for LGBTQ activism.
Online registration is open now at http://www.laqueerconference.org/register.
The cost is free with your LSU ID, $5 with a non-LSU college ID, and $10 for all other attendees.
The Louisiana Queer Conference provides leadership development, networking opportunities, and social support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students and their allies in Louisiana. The conference provides an annual venue for individuals to discuss ideas and collaborate on projects, while building a statewide network to advance the LGBTQ movement.
The conference will be followed by Queer Prom.
Schedule of Events
|8:15 am||Registration Opens|
|10:20||Workshop Session 1|
|11:10||Lunch & Networking|
|12:30 pm||Student Leader Panel|
|1:30||Workshop Session 2|
|2:30||Workshop Session 3|
|4:30||Equality Louisiana Awards|
Session 1 (10:20 – 11:10)
Paul R. Baier – Same-Gender Marriage in the Courts
Joe Melcher – What PFLAG Can Do for You
Liam Lair – Making Spaces Sae and Affirming for Trans*/GNC Folks!
Sara Pic – Exploring and Preserving Our Disappearing Histories
Destiny Billiot – (A)sex Ed
Jacqueline Wilson – Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Elizabeth Jenkins – Trans 101
Session 2 (1:30 – 2:20)
Dr. Elena Castro – Queering Academia: Legacies, Conversations, and Movements
Tucker Barry – Making the Grade: a Toolkit for LGBTQ Students to Create Change on Campus
Megan Gilliam – Meet Me at the Intersection
Clyde Jones Jr. – HIV 101
Brandon McWilliams – Running on Empty
Joshua Mesman – Queer Jesus
BreakOUT! – Get Yr Rights (Part 1)
Session 3 (2:30 – 3:20)
Eric Evans – HIV Criminalization and PrEP School Because You Can Never Be Too Safe!
Andrea Rubin – Legal Updates and Discussion
Dr. Donald Hoppe – Our Place at the Table: LGBTQ Spirituality
Courtney Murr – Breaking BInaries
Peter Jenkins – Campus Organizing Tactics
Montgomery Mewers – Campus Trans*formation
BreakOUT! – Get Yr Rights (Part 2)
We will march from Baton Rouge Pride Fest at the River Center to our state Capitol for a rally on the steps.
While building community, changing hearts and minds daily, and working closely with our allies is vital, it is not enough to win fully legal and lived equality in our state. Bringing together a large and diverse community to call for swift and sweeping political change is critical.
With a monumental victory in our fight for the freedom to marry right around the corner, now more than ever, we must chart a path forward for securing all of the remaining rights and freedoms we deserve. A march to our State Capitol is an effective way to do just that. Not to mention, it is important to be surrounded by others shoulder to shoulder in solidarity so that you don’t feel alone in this struggle. We are many and we are in this together.
Your business or nonprofit organization can sign on as a benefactor or cosponsor of the march here. Or checks can be made payable to Equality Louisiana and mailed to 650 N. 6th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
We encourage all Benefactors to bring any signs, banners or promotional materials, as well as, wear any company/organization attire.