Louisianans come out against LGBT discrimination

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A recent poll conducted by Louisiana State University (LSU) in November 2013 found that nine out of ten Louisiana residents oppose discrimination against the LGBT community when it comes to bullying, housing and employment.

Louisiana, well known for its traditional values, has always been stereotyped and expected to be less than accepting to same-sex couples and families.

However, the poll showed that 89.3 percent of Louisiana residents agree that nobody should be fired from their job based on sexual orientation and gender identity, 93.7 percent believe nobody should be evicted from their home or denied housing for being LGBT, and 89.5 percent say schools should protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment.

The three questions in the poll addressing LGBT issues were commissioned by a coalition of political and gay rights advocates, including Louisiana Progress, Equality Louisiana and Capital City Alliance.

Equality Louisiana intends to use the poll results to push for legislation against LGBT discrimination in 2014.

Specifically, they hope to focus on job and housing security regardless of being gay and transgender as well as addressing school bullying towards LGBT children.

The LSU survey included 1,280 respondents from all over the state.

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