Shreveport, LA — Be Fair Shreveport, a joint project of the Forum For Equality and People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE) have been putting up billboards around the city. The billboards feature parents questioning why their gay son could be fired from his job simply for being gay.
In Shreveport, and everywhere in Louisiana except for New Orleans, in the private sector, people can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Shreveport's city employees employees are exempt from this, but the rest of the city has yet to follow their lead.
While Be Fair Shreveport doesn't think this is fair, they also think this practice could hurt Shreveport economically.
The Human Rights Campaign, HRC, recently released its 2012 Municipality Equality Index which scores 137 cities nationwide according to laws, policies and services that affect LGBT people. The report's forward titles "Competitive Cities Care About Equality," explained that top talent will not relocate as much to an area that is not open to equality. It says that an openness to diversity and fair treatment of LGBT people are used as a determining factor in how welcoming and stimulating an environment will be for the "creative class".
The creative class now makes up about a third of the American workforce and consists of many of the fields and individuals that determine economic growth.