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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.

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.