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Activists, political leaders criticize Scott on LGBTQ issues

Release Date: 
June 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Officials with Equality Florida and the Florida Democratic Party are criticizing Gov. Rick Scott for failing to issue an executive order protecting LGBTQ individuals from employment and housing discrimination.

Leon County Democratic Party Chairman Andy Janecek said the Legislature as a whole has failed the LGBTQ community when it comes to protecting employment rights.

Equality Florida Responds To Governor Scott's Statement on LGBTQ Protections For State Employees

Equality Florida Responds To Governor Scott's Statement on LGBTQ Protections For State Employees
 

Pulse mom to Rick Scott: Prove LGBTQ hate has no place in Florida

Release Date: 
June 22, 2017

On June 12, 2016, my son Christopher Leinonen was murdered because of who he was. Christopher and his boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero, were at an LGBTQ nightclub, a safe space for their community — a place that, until that horrific night, was free from the fear and discrimination found in so many other aspects of their lives. But a deranged gunman fueled by hatred and armed with an assault rifle killed Christopher, Juan and 47 other innocent, loving people.

Fla. Dems, Equality Florida say Rick Scott ‘broke promise’ to protect LGBTQ employees

Release Date: 
June 21, 2017

Equality Florida is accusing Gov. Rick Scott of breaking a promise made last year to the organization that he would issue an executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination in hiring and contracting.

Now the Florida Democratic Party is piling on.

Democratic Lawmaker Says Florida Gov. Scott Used Zika, Hurricane as Excuses to Not Sign Promised LGBT Protections

Release Date: 
June 21, 2017

Activists Say Rick Scott Promised an Executive Order After Pulse. It's Been a Year, but No Action.

LGBTQ activists say Rick Scott promised to ban discrimination and never delivered

Release Date: 
June 21, 2017

In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, Gov. Rick Scott’s staff told LGBTQ rights activists in backroom meetings that he would sign an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in state hiring and contracting.

One year later, it’s a promise Scott hasn’t kept, says state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat and former lobbyist for Equality Florida, which advocates on behalf of Florida’s LGBTQ community.

Advocates call out Rick Scott for failing to sign LGBTQ anti-discrimination order after Pulse

Release Date: 
June 21, 2017

A year after a gunman targeted the gay nightclub Pulse on "Latin Night" and murdered 49 people, LGBTQ advocates say Gov. Rick Scott broke his promise by failing to sign an order that would protect state employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Frustration mounts over Gov. Scott's failure to sign order protecting LGBTQ public employees

Release Date: 
June 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In the days and months after the June 12, 2016, Pulse nightclub attack, support for the LGBTQ community in Florida was at an all-time high.

As that support peaked, groups such as Equality Florida and individuals including state Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith were assured that Gov. Rick Scott would be signing an executive order to protect state employees and government contractors from discrimination.

One Year Later: Governor Scott Refuses To Protect LGBTQ Floridians From Discrimination

 
One Year Later: Governor Scott Refuses To Protect LGBTQ People From Discrimination
 

Equality Florida Intern Reflects On 'Orlando Love' Event & #HonorThemWithAction

Written By: Kenzie Helmick, Orlando-Based Intern