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Faith leaders, LGBTQ community request action from Gov. Scott

Release Date: 
July 10, 2017

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Florida faith leaders and members of the LGBTQ community came together Monday to make one request of Governor Rick Scott:

"To make good on his promise to enact non discrimination protections for LGBTQ workers employed by the state of Florida. It is a simple request," the Rev. Rudolph Cleare said.

It is a promise, the group claims, the governor made when he came to visit Orlando more than year ago and just days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

Orlando faith leaders call on Rick Scott to protect LGBTQ state employees

Release Date: 
July 10, 2017

Under Florida law, it's still legal to deny housing, refuse service and fire people from their jobs because they identify as LGBTQ, says the Rev. Terri Steed Pierce. Equality Florida and other LGBTQ advocates have been asking Scott for months to add "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to anti-discrimination protections for state employees.

Orlando faith leaders call on Rick Scott to sign anti-discrimination order

Release Date: 
July 10, 2017

"Saying he promised to do something after Pulse and the gay community is still waiting, a congregation of Orlando faith leaders Monday called on Gov. Rick Scott to sign an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination in state government.

Faith leaders call on Gov. Rick Scott to honor Pulse victims with executive order

Release Date: 
July 10, 2017

Central Florida’s faith leaders called on Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to honor a pledge his aides reportedly made in the weeks after the Pulse massacre to protect LGBT state employees from discrimination.

Senator Nelson Cosponsors LGBT Equality Day Resolution

The week of June 26, 2017, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) cosponsored a resolution to designate June 26th as LGBT Equality Day! We are thankful for the Senator's continued support for LGBTQ equality!

To view the full resolution, click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTQ activists call for more protection from Scott

Release Date: 
June 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- LBGTQ activists say Governor Rick Scott broke his promise to do more to protect against discrimination after the Pulse night club shootings.

Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the shooting, says even in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent history, little to no progress has been made in the state.

Pulse survivor: Gov. Scott 'cold,' 'out of step with community'

Release Date: 
June 23, 2017

One year ago I witnessed hell. Standing in a dark bathroom at Pulse nightclub, I choked down tears, held onto a dozen trembling bodies, and breathed in gun smoke. We were unarmed; we were under attack.

But the sad reality is, the LGBTQ community is no stranger to attacks. In 2017, it is legal for Floridians to be denied housing, public accommodations, and even fired simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In the 21st century, employers can hand us a pink slip for the person we fall in love with.

Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place

Release Date: 
June 22, 2017

Nadine Smith, co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, has also watched her family evolve.

"When I came out to my family — they found a letter— I was in my teens and it was the last day I lived under their roof. My father and I didn't speak for years after I came out," said the 51-year-old. But he walked her down the aisle in 2009 and even appeared in a commercial advocating gay marriage in 2016.