Gary believes that the United States Constitution provides equal protection under the law, for all people within the borders of the United States.
He believes that members of the LGBTQ+ community should unequivocally be afforded the same protections as any other person in the United States. The rise of LGBTQ+ prejudice across the United States is deeply concerning. With the passage of the Don’t Say Gay Bill in Florida, the rise in trans hate spurred by Governor Abbott in Texas, and the recent submission of a Don’t Say Gay Bill in the Lousiana House is deeply concerning and showcases the continued need for advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ individuals on the national, state, and local stages.
Furthermore, Gary is deeply concerned about the disproportionate killings of Black Trans and Non-Gender Conforming people in the United States. Brayla Stone, Merci Mack, Shakiie Peters, Draya McCary, Tatiana Hall, and Bree Black’s lives mattered. Gary will support and vote for any legislation that classifies persons of the LBGTQ community as a protected class of citizens.
There are approximately 165,000 LGBTQ+ individuals living in Louisiana and Gary intends to ensure they get the support they need.
Gary is committed to advocating for and passing legislation for the following priorities:
- Working to pass the Equality Act to codify the protections initiated by the Biden Bostock Executive Order and fill in gaps in existing civil rights law. The Equality Act would codify the Bostock decision by explicitly including sexual orientation and gender identity in our nation’s civil rights laws. This would make it much more difficult for opponents of equality in future administrations to refuse to enforce the Bostock decision and strip away LGBTQ civil rights protections in the future.
- Working with the Human Rights Campaign to support the legislation they identify and support that will have a direct impact on ending the stigma and persecution faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community every day.