See How We're Winning Equality

Because Equality Florida has always existed in a hostile political climate, we know how to carve our victories despite strong opposition. In addition to our work in Tallahassee, we work with our local partners, providing resources and helping to build coalitions that have passed pro-equality laws across the state. We defend against bad bills and introduce pro-LGBTQ legislation every single year. Our efforts continue to expand support for our issues across party lines.

For 8 years, we led a broad-based coalition that secured the 2008 passage of the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that has resulted in protections from anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment for students all across the state.

Equality Florida also played a critical role in bringing an end to Florida’s 33-year-old anti-gay adoption ban. In addition to years of public education on the harm caused by the ban, we successfully lobbied the Governor and the Department of Children and Families to immediately end enforcement of the ban and not pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court once the ban was ruled unconstitutional on September 22, 2010.

Under our watch, marriage equality was won in Florida, the ban on gay and lesbian adoption has been repealed, and more than 200 pro-LGBTQ local policies have been passed. Over 60% of Florida residents have been protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression and over 2/3rds of Florida's 3 million students have been protected from anti-LGBTQ bullying. 

Through our continuous public education campaigns, we are winning the battle of public opinion with a strong majority of Floridians now supporting nearly every one of our pro-equality issues.

We invite you to take a look at the following pages of "Winning Equality" and see how prominently Florida stands on the national stage of LGBTQ equality. Your support makes every one of these victories possible.

 

 

 

 

Contacts

Name Role Title
Anastasia "Annie" Hiotis - St. Petersburg Board Co-Chair Contact
Brian Winfield, MBA Chief Financial Officer Contact
Brittany Link Staff Director of Communications Contact
Dana Roberts Staff Manager - Ops and Planning Contact
Hannah Willard Senior Policy Director Contact
Jon Harris Maurer Staff Public Policy Director Contact
Carlos Guillermo Smith Staff Staff Member Contact
Mark Puskarich Staff Development Director Contact
Michael Farmer Staff Statewide Deputy Director of Development Contact
Paul Wierbonics Staff Staff Accountant Contact