NEW ORLEANS - The Town Hall on Transgender Violence that was held Friday, March 10th at the Unitarian Universalist Church was a moving and empowering gathering of people brought together from all walks of life. Transitions Louisiana's organizing assembled a diverse group of passionate New Orleanians to both share ideas and learn from one another how to make our city a genuinely safer place for our transgender and gender non-binary residents. After speaking on the panel at such a successful event, I was devastated to learn that the Unitarian Universalist Church had a brick thrown through its stained glass window just days later. This type of cowardly violence, perpetrated against such a welcoming space, is an incredibly hateful act. It is unacceptable for those who are afraid of "the other" to force their fellow New Orleanians to live in fear of violence and harassment, especially in a sacred, religious space. We must ask ourselves: What do we lose as a society when we do not embrace diversity in all its forms? If we are not fighting for equality and safety for everyone, what good are our country's promises of peace and liberty?
As an elected official and as a citizen, I consider myself an ally to the LGBTQ community and am proud to continue exercise those beliefs in my role on the Council. I stand with Transitions Lousiana, BreakOut, the UU Church and anyone else fighting for equality. We as a City will not stand for transphobia, xenophobia or fear-mongering to oppress our sisters, brothers, neighbors, coworkers and friends.
Director of Communications