In an environment of increased anti-transgender hysteria and hateful rhetoric, it gives me a great deal of pride to announce the growth of TransAction Florida, Equality Florida's Transgender Inclusion Initiative.
TransAction Florida denounces the unfounded attacks on transgender Floridians. We are growing our advisory council to counter the orchestrated discrimination against the transgender community emerging in the areas of school board policy, human rights ordinances, transgender violence, and the most recent attacks centered around bathroom issues.
|Tristan Byrnes, St. Petersburg||Aryah Lester, Miami|
|Tricia Russell, Jacksonville||Ashley Brundage, Tampa|
|Amy Garbati, West Palm Beach||Nathan S. Bruemmer, Largo|
|Bishop Makalani-MaHee, Ft. Lauderdale||Devin Cole, Pensacola|
|Cindy Sullivan, Sarasota||Grant Drain, Tampa|
|Deborah Johnson, Pensacola||Gina Duncan, Orlando|
|Harmony Weisbart, Orlando||SueZie Hawkes, Brandon|
|Samuel Thayer, Dundee||Jessica Lam, Ft. Lauderdale|
|Kaitlin Legg, Jacksonville||Morgan Laisch, Orlando|
|Synthia Roy, Jacksonville||Tobias Packer, Ft. Lauderdale|
|Tracy Schmidt, Cocoa||Margeaux Mutz, Tallahassee|
|Petra Doan, Tallahassee|
It has never been more important for us to be visible and engaged. It is time to be pro-active in pushing back against the hateful rhetoric being promoted by organizations, such as the Liberty Counsel, in all areas of our state and country.
Currently, a petition is circulating calling on Liberty Counsel to repudiate a tweet sent out by their president, Anita Staver, that advocates people arm themselves and confront transgender people in restrooms as bathroom vigilantes. You can sign the petition and let Liberty Counsel know their actions are reprehensible and must not go unchallenged by clicking here.
In the coming weeks, we hope to provide increased education, media, and messaging training to increase the number of experienced spokespeople in our Transgender Speakers Bureau. Our goal is to expand the scope and bandwidth of our statewide council to effectively address any issues encountered across the state.
You can also find transgender health resources at eqfl.org/transactionfl.