I just got off the phone with Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology and the Lt. Governor called to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer. In addition, Carroll expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to communicate her commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. She invited Equality Florida to reach out to her office if she could be of assistance and I offered our organization as a resource as well.
On behalf of a Equality Florida, I want to thank Lt. Governor Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted.
Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step.
In Florida, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.
Thank you to everyone who spoke up by sending Lt. Gov. Carroll an email and spreading the word. Special thanks to our friends at GLAAD and theGrio who helped to shine a spotlight on this story from day one.
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