Posted on May 1, 2015 - 1:57pm by brittany.
Our 2015 Florida Legislative Scorecard
Equality Florida celebrates the defeat of two bills
and the passage of another
As this year’s regular legislative session draws to a close, Equality Florida is thankful that two...
Posted on April 30, 2015 - 11:50am by brittany.
Supporters of Freedom to Marry Launch Ad
Showing Strong Support in Florida
Equality Florida and Freedom to Marry join to produce the ad,
which will begin airing this week
Following oral arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme...
The Opening of the Beaches festival in Jacksonville was a big success! The annual festival celebrates the opening of the summer season for Jacksonville Beach businesses and landmarks. The Jacksonville Coalition for...
Posted on April 28, 2015 - 2:10pm by brittany.
Todd and Jeffrey Delmay, a pioneering Florida gay couple,
go to Washington
They crossed the threshold;
let couples nationwide do the same, they say
Florida marriage plaintiffs Todd and Jeffrey Delmay are at the turning...
Posted on April 24, 2015 - 8:24pm by amber.
Equality Florida had a wonderful time at Tallahassee Pridefest this weekend! The event kicked off with a volunteer training on Friday in the beautiful Kleman Plaza. Our volunteers heard about Equality Florida’s work...
Written by: Morgan Baker, Jacksonville Media Intern
Jacksonville’s Annual One Spark Crowdfunding festival has ended but the team is still revelling in their success after gaining a whopping 6,700...
Posted on April 24, 2015 - 1:19pm by brittany.
Sumter County Clerk Honored to Perform Weddings
Written by: Andrew Caplan
When Citrus, Pasco, Marion and Lake County refused to perform ceremonies to newly wed couples after Florida uplifted the ban on same-sex marriages...
Posted on April 23, 2015 - 3:36pm by brittany.
Republican support for the freedom to marry continues to grow
People from across the state join Equality Florida’s social media campaign
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on marriage for...
Posted on April 20, 2015 - 4:26pm by brittany.
Senate leaders derail controversial adoption proposal
Letting tax-funded agencies discriminate on religious grounds raised too many questions
April 20, 2015
Florida Senate leaders decided Monday not to vote on a...
Posted on April 17, 2015 - 2:59pm by brittany.
Adoption experts urge Florida Senate to
reject discriminatory adoption bill
Fewer children will be adopted if bias replaces
the best interest of each child
April 17, 2015
Jim Harper, Media/Communications, jim@...
Posted on April 16, 2015 - 5:39pm by amber.
Equality Florida had a spectacular time at Miami Beach Gay Pride this weekend! The event started off with two informational volunteer orientations on Thursday and Friday, hosted by PrideLines Youth Services. Between the two...
Posted on April 15, 2015 - 10:18am by tyler.
Written By: Dr. David Baker-Hargrove
Last Saturday, my door bell was ringing, yet again, by people walking my neighborhood in the hopes of converting us to their religion. I thought about the irony of this situation: There...
Posted on April 14, 2015 - 1:34pm by brittany.
In a bipartisan vote, the Florida Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill designed to help more foster children find permanent homes. The bill also removes an outdated and unconstitutional ban on gays and lesbians...
Posted on April 10, 2015 - 12:09pm by hannah.
Pride has finally returned to Tampa, and what an amazing return it was! On March 28th, the Pride festival filled the streets of the Tampa Bay area for the first time in 13 years! The residents of Tampa demonstrated their...
Posted on April 9, 2015 - 4:54pm by tyler.
Conversion Therapy - The Quiet Killer
Written By: Gina Duncan, Director of Transgender Inclusion
Leelah Alcorn, after being subjected to constant bullying and harassment, was then subjected to so called "...
Posted on April 9, 2015 - 4:08pm by brittany.
Florida House votes for discrimination
Adoption bill is unlikely to become law, but it still hurts Florida's reputation
In an ugly symbolic move, the Florida House on Thursday approved an Indiana-style discrimination...
Posted on April 8, 2015 - 7:49pm by brittany.
Former Senate President Rallies Lawmakers,
Blocks Discriminatory Amendment
Vote follows fiery debate as Indiana-style measure moved forward in House
In a stunning turnaround late this afternoon, the Florida Senate blocked...
Posted on April 8, 2015 - 4:38pm by brittany.
Florida Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Enabling Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Is Dangerously Close To Passing
The discriminatory bill puts anti-LGBT bias above best interest of children
Equality Florida and the Human Rights...
Posted on April 6, 2015 - 9:22am by brittany.
Civic activist Jim VanRiper to be honored at
annual Tallahassee Gala
Equality Florida’s event will bring together leaders
in politics, business and the community
A need to protect his family brought Jim VanRiper...
Posted on April 2, 2015 - 4:35pm by amber.
Equality Florida had an awesome time at PrideFest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches! The entire event was buzzing with energy! Our weekend started off with an exciting training Friday before the event- where each volunteer got...
Posted on April 2, 2015 - 1:55pm by brittany.
Shameful Indiana-Style Bill Passed by Florida House Committee
Would Delay Adoption For Many Vulnerable Children
April 2, 2015
Carlos Guillermo Smith, Public Policy Specialist, [email protected]
Posted on April 2, 2015 - 10:00am by brittany.
Stay tuned for more information...
Posted on April 1, 2015 - 3:56pm by brittany.
Florida House committee will consider
Indiana-style adoption bill Thursday
Meanwhile, lawmakers are blocking a bill
that would ban LGBT discrimination
April 1, 2015
Carlos Guillermo Smith, Public Policy...
Posted on March 31, 2015 - 9:58am by tyler.
TransAction Advisory Board Spotlight
"Last year, Equality Florida launched its statewide transgender inclusion initiative in support of the Transgender Community. With the creation of TransAction Florida...
Posted on March 27, 2015 - 10:27am by tyler.
(Media Intern - Jacksonville Office)
1. Tell us a little about yourself…
Hello! I am Morgan Baker. I am a student at the University of North Florida, studying Marketing and Advertising. I am not a...
Posted on March 26, 2015 - 5:04pm by brittany.
81% of Floridians are just fine with same-sex marriage
New poll comes two months after nuptials began statewide
March 26, 2015
Jim Harper, Media/Communications, 727-388-3636, [email protected]
A new poll shows that a...
Posted on March 26, 2015 - 10:56am by tyler.
On Tuesday March, 24th 2015, UCF Career Services in partnership with LGBTQ+ Services hosted a panel of seven employers in the LGBTQ+ community to share their individual and professional experiences about being out in the...
Posted on March 25, 2015 - 12:00pm by amber.
It’s been a little over a week since Lobby Days, but the energy of those two powerful days is still here! During the event incredible volunteers from across the state engaged with over 80 Representatives and Senators to...
Posted on March 25, 2015 - 11:20am by brittany.
Discrimination Costs Florida Businesses $362-Million a Year
New report makes the economic case for nondiscrimination protections
Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees in Florida...
Posted on March 19, 2015 - 3:51pm by brittany.
Adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funds could discriminate as they wish
Bill is proposed soon after state House voted to increase payments to private agencies
(March 19, 2015) A bill that would allow private adoption...
Posted on March 19, 2015 - 3:41pm by tyler.
Meet the Interns
This Spring semester, two journalism students from University of South Florida St. Petersburg are interning with Equality Florida as writers and storytellers. They are focused on marriage related stories...
Posted on March 18, 2015 - 1:05pm by tyler.
Tomorrow, a committee in the Florida House of Representatives will vote on a bill that allows private agencies to use their religious or moral convictions to discriminate against qualified parents looking to adopt a child....
Posted on March 17, 2015 - 5:50pm by brittany.
Questions, opposition grow as transgender discrimination bill moves ahead
Criticism comes from both parties
While the Transgender Discrimination Bill (H.B. 583) passed another hurdle in the Florida House Tuesday, even...
Posted on March 17, 2015 - 3:35pm by brittany.
Unfortunately, the Transgender Discrimination Bill (HB 583) advanced through its second of three committees in the Florida House of Representatives today.
We are at a critical moment in the fight for full equality in...
Posted on March 16, 2015 - 5:02pm by brittany.
Transgender Discrimination Bill to be heard again early Tuesday
Opponents and proponents are in both in town to lobby legislators
(March A bill that would discriminate against transgender Floridians and force employers and...
Posted on March 16, 2015 - 1:15pm by brittany.
The Transgender Discrimination Bill (HB 583) has been scheduled for a vote in its next committee of reference TOMORROW - Tuesday, March 17. We need everyone's help to stop this dangerous bill. Please call the State...
Posted on March 16, 2015 - 12:24pm by brittany.
Marriage pioneers Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones to be honored
Will receive award at Equality Florida’s Annual Key West Gala, March 28
(Photo by Kenne' Tucker)
(March 16, 2015) Key West is...
Posted on March 12, 2015 - 3:04pm by tyler.
To a capacity crowd, On March 10th, the first annual Central Florida Transgender Allies Summit was held at the Orlando City Hall. The goal of this unprecedented summit was for LGBT organizations to share resources and support...
Posted on March 11, 2015 - 6:02pm by brittany.
House bill would remove unconstitutional adoption ban from Florida law
The Florida House of Representatives voted Wednesday to remove a statutory ban on lesbian and gay parents that was enacted in 1977 but declared...
Posted on March 9, 2015 - 2:25pm by hannah.
Our Communications intern, Samira Obeid, attended the Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference with Field Organizer Hannah Willard and Transgender Inclusion Director Gina Duncan. Here's her summary of her experience...