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Emailed to City Council 12-23-2013

Sent to Advocate 12-23-2013


Dear Council Members,

A common refrain from some people when informed of initiatives like One Baton Rouge or the fairness ordinance passed (6-1) by the Shreveport City Council is that they are tired of giving special privileges to a minority group, privileges all of us already enjoy.

The LGBT movement is not about a group wanting special treatment, it is about people ostracised and marginalized, people who are a part of our society and want to be treated like every one else. This is not about a conservative white duck-guy's freedom of speech or uber-Christian exclusionary paranoia, it is about a group of people consistently reviled, despised, spat upon, beaten, legislated against, locked out hospitals, mocked and lynched.

A city council resolution affirming LGBTs are an accepted part of Baton Rouge is the right thing to do. Now.

Greig Olivier

10153 Jefferson Hwy

BRLA, 70809