Written by: Jessi Smith
The month of October, now in its 20th year of observation as LGBT History Month, ushered dramatic progress for the LGBT community in the fight for civil rights equality, not only on a national level, but also on the Tampa Bay homefront.
On the national stage, the Supreme Court decided to delegate the resolution of several same-sex marriage cases to the lower courts, which had previously ruled marriage bans unconstitutional. The result? Six states immediately lifted bans, bringing to 30 the number of states that legally recognize same-sex marriage.
Although Florida’s battle for full marriage equality continues, the month of October has seen tremendous triumph for the civil rights movement in Hillsborough County , as two landmark decisions welcome a new era of increased visibility, inclusivity and civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.