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Every January, people make a whole slew of resolutions, only to forget about them a few weeks later. This year, though, I’m going to make my resolutions matter for women and LGBT persons.

Instead of buying another gym membership to exercise my muscles, I’m going to work on exercising my rights.

One way I will do that is to continue to support, both financially and with my time, Forum For Equality. I currently serve on the Board for the Forum For Equality Louisiana and I am convinced that this organization is one of the best hopes Louisianans have for passing local and statewide LGBT legislation to protect us and our families.

The Forum For Equality is planning for a very busy 2013 Legislative session and that means laying the ground work now with building coalitions, educating lawmakers and cultivating the media. We need for everyone who cares about equality and fairness to become members and to support our efforts.

I’m asking you to go join or renew your membership now. I will be renewing at this time as a sustaining member and increasing the monthly contributions that I paid last year. If at all possible, consider renewing at a higher rate or even making a tax deductible donation to the Forum For Equality Foundation.

You can follow this link to the secure membership form or click from the Forum’s website: http://forumforequality.org/wordpress/membership/become-a-member-2/

Even if you can’t make the financial commitment, we need people to help us pass legislation by lobbying their legislators, testifying at committee hearings and being part of of an effort to increase the political visibility of our community. Contact the Forum’s Managing Director, Sarah Jane Brady, for more information. The office phone number is 504-569-9156.

I will also be continuing to work with the Independent Women’s Organization. This organization is dedicated to promoting the issues and candidates of the Democratic Party. Consider becoming a member and you can use this form: IWO Membership Application.

As Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” I hope you will join me this year in resolving to be that change.

All the best to you and yours in 2013!