Congratulations to Jason Waguespack and Jeff Morgan and The Forum for Equality, as well as all hosts and sponsors of the very successful fundraising reception honoring Governor & Mrs. John Bel Edwards. Jason and Jeff opened their uptown home for the evening and it could not have been a more present event. It could not be more fitting to say Thank You, and offer our continued support for our Governor. He is literally all that stands between holding on to what small progress we have made in Louisiana and a complete retreat to the dark ages. When you look at most of the statewide elected officials in this state and the rabid religious fanaticism of the people who vote for them there is no way we can turn our backs on this Governor. We may not agree with him on every issue, but he has stood up with us and for us in defending the full measure of our citizenship, his ght for the LGBT Executive Order protections is on the right side of history and the right side of the law.
We are heading into the “home stretch” for this Carnival Season and Mardi Gras, guests from all over are heading in to the city for the fun and frivolity that we do so well. A good time to be had by all. Looking ahead, we are making preparations for the Gay Easter Parade, always a good time and a reason to spend Easter Sunday after-
noon in the Quarter. Easter Bonnets optional!!
We learned this week of yet another death of someone who was a very important part of the “extended family” that has made up the gay community in New Orleans. Johnny Jackson, former State Legislator, former New Orleans City Council member, and a GREAT FRIEND to the LGBT community in New Orleans. He was one of the earliest and most steadfast supporters of the fight for justice for LGBT folks in New Orleans. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family, and our undying gratitude will always be with him. A life well lived and time well spent!!!