The Forum for Equality held its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 24, at the New Orleans Jazz Market.
About thirty members of the Forum and a few guests enjoyed cocktails and sweets before the meeting was called to order. Three political candidates, all running for the State House of Representatives, worked the crowd during the cocktail hour: Carling Dinkler (District 91), Eugene Green (District 97), and L. Jameel Shaheer (District 99). The primary election is October 12; the run-off election is November 16.
Executive Director Sarah Jane Guidry gave a report on the Forum’s activities in Baton Rouge during the legislative session and also addressed local issues such as the election of homophobe Leslie Ellison to the Orleans Parish School Board. Guidry also mentioned a few upcoming events.
Kenny Tucker, Chair of the Forum’s PAC (Political Action committee), then gave a brief report before the membership elected Board Officers. Elected or reelected were Randy Evans, Ryan McNeely, Chris Otten, Glenn Reames, Brandon Robb, Carlos Rodriguez, and Dylan Waguespack. Kate Geiss and Mary Tucker were elected to a separate Board that governs the Forum Foundation. After the elections, Guidry awarded Kenny Tucker, naming him Board Member of the Year.