Posted on December 18, 2014 - 9:21am by brittany.
Over the past year, we have seen unprecedent support, both in the business community and in Tallahassee, to pass a statewide bill ending LGBT discrimination in the Sunshine State. Equality Florida has been at the forefront...
Posted on December 17, 2014 - 3:15pm by brittany.
BREAKING: A Broward County Judge has granted a divorce between Heather Brassner and Megan Lade, who were united in a 2002 Civil Union in Vermont, making them the second same-sex couple to be recognized as legally married by the...
Posted on December 16, 2014 - 11:08am by Gina.
The Origins of TransAction Florida
A brief History of FORGE (the Florida Gender Equality Project)
By: Janice Josephine Carney
"Back in 2001, I moved to the Tampa Bay area after having completed my transition from John...
Posted on December 15, 2014 - 6:00pm by brittany.
Florida files U.S. Supreme Court application to stay injunction in federal marriage cases due to take effect in early January. Read the application here: http://bit.ly/1IV56Eg
Make sure to register for our Statewide Marriage...
Posted on December 15, 2014 - 11:52am by brittany.
Seizing on the growing momentum for transgender equality nationwide and across the state, Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida, a statewide initiative created to increase awareness of and to educate and promote...
Posted on December 9, 2014 - 12:29pm by brittany.
Retired police officers, Donna Brown, Kathy McDaris and Mike Strickland, urge fellow first responders to sign on to support the freedom to marry.
A message from Ret. Sgt. Donna Brown:
For 26 years as a police...
Posted on December 8, 2014 - 2:08pm by brittany.
(December 8, 2014) Today, Broward County Judge Cohen ruled in favor of the freedom to marry!
Click here to read Judge Cohen's order.
Stay tuned for more information...
Posted on December 5, 2014 - 3:02pm by brittany.
Equality Florida to Honor Cape Coral Mayor and Four Council Members
With Ally for Equality Award; Arlene Goldberg to Receive Voice for Equality Award
Inaugural Black & White Ball of Lee County: Saturday, December 13
Posted on December 5, 2014 - 10:06am by brittany.
Below is a spotlight on the Florida Competitive Workforce Act from State Representative Holly Raschein's (R) in her latest newsletter.
We're excited to stand behind Rep. Raschein in supporting nondiscrimination in the...
Posted on December 3, 2014 - 2:59pm by brittany.
Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end...
Posted on December 2, 2014 - 2:06pm by brittany.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ADDS GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE
BECOMES 28TH FLORIDA MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE EQUAL PROTECTIONS
(December 2, 2014) – Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 8-3...
Posted on November 26, 2014 - 10:31am by brittany.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans are less likely to have access to the same quality coverage as their straight counterparts.
The new health care law addresses some of these disparities and introduces...
Posted on November 25, 2014 - 9:49am by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Steven Rodriguez Jr.
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
I am Steven Rodriguez Jr. and I am a Senior at Jacksonville University pursuing a duel major of English & Humanities...
Posted on November 24, 2014 - 2:34pm by brittany.
Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit discrimination against...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 5:07pm by brittany.
In the federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the stay issued by Judge Hinkle will expire on January 5th and will only be extended if by action of the 11th Circuit. Today, the State of Florida has filed a motion asking the 11th...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 4:33pm by brittany.
Equality Florida is committed to achieving Marriage Equality in Florida as soon as possible. We may have experienced some disappointments on election night, but our strategy for winning marriage equality is through the...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 1:26pm by brittany.
The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has taken a public stance in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, by voting to sign on to an Amicus Brief that was drafted and filed by a growing list of local...
Posted on November 17, 2014 - 4:19pm by brittany.
Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations, has announced that it has honored Equality with a prestigious “2014 Top-Rated” Award. With more than 170,000 reviews, Great...
Posted on November 11, 2014 - 1:29pm by brittany.
A recent article by Cassondra Fredriksen at Stetson University College of Law found that Florida's discriminatory marriage ban denies 508 state-protections to loving same-sex couples. The harm inflicted on couples and...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 6:01pm by brittany.
Judge Hinkle has denied requests to both immediately lift and extend the stay on his marriage ruling. According to his order, the stay will expire on the original date of January 5th and will only be extended if by action of...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 3:38pm by brittany.
We won’t sugarcoat this. Last night’s elections were very disappointing. We lost some pro-equality heroes in heartbreakingly close contests.
But as we continue to work for full equality, it is important to keep the...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 2:54pm by brittany.
(November 5, 2014) -- In a mid-term election plagued by voter apathy, a strong turnout by pro-equality voters was a key factor in making Florida’s governor’s race an Election Day toss-up.
With a huge financial...
Posted on October 31, 2014 - 7:48pm by brittany.
Joan Rodriguez and Liz Molina are running out of time as they wait for Florida to finally end the ban that prevents the two women from marrying.
Liz, age 35, is losing her battle with cervical cancer and has dwindled to...
Posted on October 28, 2014 - 12:29pm by brittany.
"I am Edith S. Windsor, the plaintiff in Windsor v. United States, the case that won federal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. The two extremely positive decisions in favor of marriage...
Posted on October 23, 2014 - 10:28am by brittany.
She speaks to us with such tremendous clarity, of a truth so incontrovertible, and with just one clarion demand: “see me the way I see myself”. Fourteen year old Jazz Jennings is the Equality Florida “Voice...
Posted on October 22, 2014 - 11:29am by brittany.
PLAYING POLITICS, FLORIDA’S AG BONDI PETITIONS FOR EXTENDED STAY IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY RULING
In a last-minute move today, Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked Judge Robert Hinkle to extend the stay of his decision...
Posted on October 22, 2014 - 10:34am by brittany.
AS FRIDAY DEADLINE NEARS, EQUALITY FLORIDA CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI TO LET MARRIAGE EQUALITY COME TO FLORIDA
Group asks Bondi not to oppose lifting stay in marriage decision
Friday, October 24 is a critical day...
Posted on October 20, 2014 - 4:09pm by brittany.
VIDEO: 59 Seconds Attorney General Bondi Must Watch
Last Friday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne held a press conference to explain why he's not going to fight marriage equality in the state anymore - even though he...
Posted on October 17, 2014 - 2:45pm by brittany.
Next Steps For Florida Marriage Cases?
State Case - Miami / Monroe
(Equality Florida is a plaintiff in this case.)
Where we started: Trial Court (we won!)
Where we are now: 3rd District Court of...
Posted on October 17, 2014 - 8:07am by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Destiny Jones
(St. Pete Office)
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Destiny Jones (soon to be Robey) and I am a 25 year old veteran and one-half of this lesbian mother's power team. Me...
Posted on October 15, 2014 - 3:47pm by brittany.
EQUALITY FLORIDA TO HONOR JAZZ JENNINGS, 14 YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE, ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “25 MOST INFLUENTIAL TEENS OF 2014"
Equality Florida Broward Gala: Sunday, November 16
On Sunday, November...
Posted on October 15, 2014 - 11:56am by brittany.
Over the last two weeks, the Hillsborough County Commission passed two important policies that will make Hillsborough a more fair place to live, work and visit for LGBT people and our families.
The unanimous passage of the...
Posted on October 13, 2014 - 8:09pm by brittany.
On October 13, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been criticized from every corner of the state, filed a Supplemental Response In Support Of Pass-Through Certification, asking the Third District Court of Appeal...
Posted on October 9, 2014 - 3:47pm by brittany.
SAME-SEX COUPLES TO GOVERNOR SCOTT:
“MEET WITH OUR FAMILIES. PLEASE HEAR OUR STORIES.”
(October 9, 2014) -- Today, Terry and Sharon Kant-Rauch requested a meeting with Governor Rick Scott, pleading with him to...
Posted on October 9, 2014 - 2:54pm by brittany.
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Governor Scott & Attorney General Bondi’s Request to Delay Marriage Equality Case
October 9, 2014 - Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit granted the...
Posted on October 8, 2014 - 11:54am by brittany.
MARRIED: FLORIDA RECOGNIZES FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE
Arlene Goldberg officially listed as wife of Carol Goldwasser on death certificate
FORT MYERS, FL – On the heels of a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court...
Posted on October 6, 2014 - 10:17am by brittany.
Send Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi an email urging them to stop the appeals and put an end to Florida's ban on marriage for loving same-sex couples across the state. To send an email,...
Posted on October 1, 2014 - 1:12pm by brittany.
A HUGE victory for Hillsborough County! Moments ago, the Hillsborough County Commission held a final vote and unanimously passed HERO (Hillsborough Equal Rights Ordinance). HERO will ensure that no one in Hillsborough...
Posted on October 1, 2014 - 12:59pm by brittany.
Moments ago, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted 7-0 to move an ordinance creating a county-wide Domestic Partnership Registry forward to a public hearing and final vote on October 15th at 2:00pm. More...
Posted on September 30, 2014 - 3:11pm by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Morgan Smith
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Morgan Smith and I am currently studying Child Psychology at Florida State College of Jacksonville. I have aspirations...