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OPINION: April 15th Stirs Up Even More Frustration for Gay Couples: “The Federal Government Tells Us to Lie”

Release Date: 
April 2, 2012

It's tax season, and once again gay married couples are caught between the truth and the law.

Each year the federal government demands that thousands of gay married couples sign an IRS Form 1040 with this stern warning. "Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true and complete."

But how do you answer in good conscience when the IRS tells you to lie?

Equality Florida Joins Call for FAMU Board to Add LGBT Protections; Rally to Take Place Thursday, February 23

Release Date: 
February 14, 2012

In the wake of the hazing murder of Robert Champion, a gay student at Florida A & M University, Equality Florida has joined with students and community leaders to call upon the university to adopt a strong anti-discrimination/bullying policy.

Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida, spoke to FAMU President James Ammons and the legal counsel for the university in advance of a meeting to call for the policy change. The administration agreed to bring the proposal to the board.
 

Senator Rich Announces Bid for Governor

Last night Senator Nan Rich announced she is running for Governor in 2014.

To a room full of applauding Democrats, Nan Rich announced she will challenge Governor Rick Scott in 2014. Rumors have been flying for months that Rich would jump in the race. Rich is currently the Minority Leader in the Florida Senate and will be leaving due to term limits. During her time in the Florida legislature she has been a champion for many progressive causes, including LGBT equality and women's issues. 

When The Federal Government Tells Us to Lie

It's tax season, and once again gay married couples are caught between the truth and the law.

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BIG NEWS: Proposed U.S. Customs Policy Would Respect Gay Couples

Big news for gay couples returning from travel abroad.  The days of being being humiliated at the border may soon be over.

Bayard Rustin’s 100th Birthday . 1912-2012

 

 

 

Saturday, March 17, 2012, that marks the 100th birthday of the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin

Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement.

His most noteworthy achievements include serving as chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington

Bayard Rustin’s 100th Birthday . 1912-2012

 

 

 

Saturday, March 17, 2012, that marks the 100th birthday of the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin

Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement.

His most noteworthy achievements include serving as chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington

What would you do?

Friends of mine who are also members of Equality Florida were up North late last year visiting family when they stopped for a meal at a roadside diner.

Behind their booth they could hear a woman berating her child for identifying as transgender.

Betsy and Ron are also PFLAGers who couldn't sit by in silence as the teenager sobbed beneath the mother's abuse.

They spoke up and engaged them both, comforting the teen and educating the mom.

Equality Means Business Welcomes CSX

Great news!

CSX, one of the largest companies in the country, has signed on as the newest advisory board member of Equality Means Business.

Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer Talks Marriage Equality with the Paul & Matty Show

Our Deputy Director, Stratton Pollitzer, talks marriage equality with Paul of the Paul and Matty Show.  Listen as Stratton lays out the roadmap ahead for winning equality in here in Florida. 

Click here to listen online.