URGENT - Don't let their lies go unanswered

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Posted on June 5, 2012 - 4:31pm by Anonymous.

Our team in Jacksonville needs your help. Anti-equality extremists are flooding the city council with phone calls and emails.

Don't let their lies go unanswered! Send an email to the Jacksonville City Council NOW.

Business leaders and faith leaders are standing with us. Our community of LGBT people and allies came out in overwhelming numbers to the public hearing last week, and the city council heard from 80 people who spoke of their desire for a welcoming and accepting city,and of the truths about living with discrimination in Jacksonville.

While momentum is on our side and it's incredible to see how far we've come, far-right extremists have have turned up the heat.

Over the weekend the Florida Family Policy Council put out a call to a large network and the Jacksonville city council members are being flooded with thousands of phone calls. The Florida Family Association has resorted to telling the same ugly lies, using harmful terms like "special rights" and comparing LGBT people to sexual predators. Don't let their lies go unanswered.

Please take time right now to call and email the council members to ask for their support. Your personal comments make this outreach even more meaningful.

The truth and common sense are on our side. We are winning votes by telling our personal stories in respectful ways. Let us not be distracted by the voices in our community who use inflammatory language. We won't win by being drawn into pointless arguments with people whose minds are already made up. We will win by keeping the focus on fairness and jobs!

 

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Geoffrey ShelleyAnonymous (not verified) says:

June 5, 2012 - 8:26pm

I am from Jacksonville. I support equal rights for gays. I am proud that this day to
Show that Jax. Is as progressive as the other cuties in Fla. has finally arrived.
Thank you, Geoff Shelley



Rachel Cameron (not verified) says:

June 5, 2012 - 8:50pm

Hey Folks,

I appreciate the chance to help straighten a few misunderstandings out. I am a male to female transwoman. I have three jobs: I work preparing exhibitions at a prominent local museum. I work in television sound, doing shows like Modern Marvels, COPS, and and other popular shows we've all seen. I also work at a large international events center for University of South Florida, in Tampa.

I'm also a caregiver to an elderly little old man. I am a hard working member of the culture. I contribute to the March of Dimes, and to the Disabled American Veterans. I vote. I drive safely and courteously. I love our country, though it needs some elevating in places. I am a worthy member of our culture, I want what's best for it, and truly care for it's people.

I've lived as a transwoman for four years now. At first, it was very difficult. I was terrified, because there are times when someone is outright mean to me, just like the people who are writing you to stop you from signing this bill. I know many, many other transwomen and transmen. We live with the specter of hate and intolerance all around us, all the time. As leaders, we need to recognize this when we see it. I'd say these groups writing you with such intolerance and hatred is a pretty good example.

Please, it's time that Jacksonville do what's right and quell any intolerant groups who espouse morals that don't promote equality for every person in the country. It's important and the right thing to do. Not only is this the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do to keep your city (and country) economically competitive. We (glbt) are a very large percentage of the populous, our money is green, we have businesses, and we work hard to make the economic engine turn. We are just like everyone else: We just want that fair shake, specifically here, safety from witch hunts.

Join us in stopping this narrow-minded bigotry. Do what Tampa and so many other townships and cities are doing all across the land. Create and stand behind policies that level the playing field just a bit.

I urge you to support Bill 2012-296. Major employers, faith, and community leaders are standing up in support of this critical measure, I hope that you will join them.

Rachel Cameron
14506 N. 19th St
Tampa, Fl. 33613
813 978 9506



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