Engaging Your Community
Written By: Connie Siu, Equality Florida Field Intern, Orlando, Florida.
I've always loved the idea of how movements start small, then eventually grow to these big, historical actions that change society and culture. Such movements are apparent in Central Florida. I had the opportunity to speak with the Stonewall group at FAMU College of Law and Delta Lampha Phi at the University of Central Florida about the fight for marriage equality in Florida.
The FAMU Stonewall group was named because of the “Stonewall Riots” which occured in NYC in 1969. The group had about twelve members and four faculty advisors. Orlando has gone leaps and bounds in the fight against discrimination. However, this group expressed the fear that students had when asked about joining the group. They either didn’t want to be outed or didn’t want to be associated with the group. In spite of the fear, this group is determined to make a space for a LGBT and allies community at FAMU. I was delighted to witness the beginning of this movement at FAMU. The Stonewall group is also getting involved with the community by hosting events and helping the homeless.
Since 1986, Delta Lambda Phi (DLP) has offered gay, bisexual, and progressive men across the nation the opportunity to grow in the true spirit of brotherhood -- one that embraces diversity and respects the value of all. This hilarious and endearing group of brothers at UCF were a pleasure to speak to. This group gets actively involved in many events at UCF and in the area. They want their voice to be heard and that’s exactly what’s happening on campus. I can’t wait to see what these guys will offer in the future.
If you have an organization or are an individual who would like us to visit your meeting, please contact me at [email protected]. Also, there are many volunteer opportunities available. Let's join together in the fight for marriage equality in Florida! Check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/getengagedflorida and our website for more information on the campain, www.getengaged.org.