BREAKING: Jacksonville Moves Toward LGBT Protections

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Posted on April 30, 2012 - 4:04pm by mallory.

Great news! As early as next week the Jacksonville City Council will consider legislation that, if passed, will finally protect the LGBT community from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. 

Show your support by sending a quick note to the Jacksonville City Council encouraging them to pass these critical protections.

Equality Florida and Equality Jax have been working with a coalition of businesses, former elected officials and members of the faith community for over a year to make this change. 

The bill would bring Jacksonville in line with the other major municipalities in Florida by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Jacksonville current protects against discrimination based on race, gender and nationality. 

Council member Warren Jones has agreed to be the sponsor of the legislation and is hoping to file it this week to be on the May 8th Council agenda. 

Join us right NOW, send a note to the city council urging them to support this critical measure. Forward this to your circle of friends. Post it to your social network. Our elected leaders need to see the groundswell of support for equal rights.


Matthew B. Winkel (not verified) says:

April 30, 2012 - 5:32pm

This should have been done 100 years ago! Thank you!!!

Kenneth Benson (not verified) says:

April 30, 2012 - 5:37pm

I am overwhelmed to hear the wonderful news that you will have before you such an important ordinance, to finally protect the thousands of gay and lesbian residents of our city from discrimination and retribution based on who they are as human beings. We do not choose to be different than the majority, we do not choose to love whom we love, these are qualities that make us who we are, each of us unique. Thank you for voting to prevent discrimination against any person for being themselves in our great city.

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Lise Everly (not verified) says:

May 2, 2012 - 2:03pm

As a retired Human Resources executive for a national corporation, I am thrilled to hear that Jacksonville is soon to be included among the cities that ensure non-discrimination for all of its residents. This only makes Jacksonville a more welcoming city for new and prospective workers, giving local employers a greater opportunity to recruit and retain the best employees.

M Nelson (not verified) says:

May 2, 2012 - 4:01pm

I am thrilled to see that Jacksonville is making strides towards equality. I love my city and hopefully this is one small step towards bigger and better things for the LGBT Community in the future!

Mehmet Sadik Hasve (not verified) says:

May 2, 2012 - 4:40pm

i am all for it for support for jacksonville and st augustine

Nick Windsor (not verified) says:

May 3, 2012 - 11:25am

Good Job Jax.... a move in the right direction.

Anonymous (not verified) says:

May 9, 2012 - 4:22am

Thank the Lord!

Anonymous (not verified) says:

May 9, 2012 - 2:34pm

I support this it's a move in the right direction

Cheryl (not verified) says:

May 9, 2012 - 4:55pm

As a business owner of a small business, I moved out of Duval County because the city was not progressive in its thinking. Now there's the chance to get on board with other cities and companies. Jacksonville really can start to compete In the global market. Once they realize everyone must work with a diversity of people, then the city will blossom.

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cityXtra magazine (not verified) says:

August 14, 2012 - 5:34pm

We welcome the progress our city is making. As we entered the magazine market almost 2 years ago in Jacksonville as RCN Magazine, we have seen such a growing number of participants in creating a safe space and equality for all atmosphere in Jacksonville. We thank Jacksonville community members for coming together and effectively bringing about change to the nation's largest city.


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