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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

#HonorThemWithAction Reaches 147 Million; Campaign Continues with 49 Days of Action

#HonorThemWithAction Reaches 147 Million

Equality Florida Commemorates One Year Mark of Pulse Massacre And Continues to #HonorThemWithAction


Note from Equality Florida's Nadine Smith:

You weren't at Pulse. You live hundreds, even thousands of miles away. You donated to the victims fund and attended vigils. Your social media post uses the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction. You are sending thoughts and prayers and love to the families of those killed, to those wounded, and those who escaped whose injuries are not visible.