LGBT Community Honors Concilwoman LaToya Cantrell
from the NOLA City Council blog
December 13, 2013
The LGBT Community Center of New Orleans bestowed the organization’s 2013 Allies Award to District “B” Councilmember LaToya Cantrell. The center made its choice because of Councilmember Cantrell’s support of New Orleans’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, December 12.
Councilmember Cantrell introduced the first-ever resolution this summer recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month in the City of New Orleans and held a reception for local LGBT residents and their allies to mark the occasion. Her commitment to fairness includes addressing issues important to LGBT residents, including better access to local health services and support for inclusive public policies.
Councilmember Cantrell said, “I have always believed that all people, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, are deserving of the same threshold of respect and dignity that I would want afforded to me and those closest to me,” Councilmember Cantrell said. “For me, this is not only a principle of faith, but truly a principle of human values. I am grateful for this recognition and look forward to serving all District ‘B’ residents.”
The event is part of the LGBT Community Center’s annual Founders Day celebration, recognizing trailblazers in the city’s LGBT community, like the handful of dedicated activists who founded the community center in the 1970s, and celebrating the commitment of local allies to LGBT residents.