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Same-Sex Couples Ask Federal Court to Order Florida State Officials to Treat Them Equally and List Both Parents on their Children’s Birth Certificates
Posted on September 16, 2015 - 1:52pm by Brittany.
Michael Donald Edwards of Asolo Rep will
receive ‘Voice for Equality’ award
Equality Florida honors him for his theater’s
programming and community support
SARASOTA -- Michael Donald Edwards uses musicals and plays to stir up big ideas -- as well as to create new connections among his audiences.
On August 13, 2015, Debbie and Kari Chin - along with two other married same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute - filed a federal lawsuit challenging Florida's refusal to list both same-sex spouses on their children's birth certificates.
Watch their video and read their interview to learn more about this brave couple who are heading to court to fight for Florida's LGBT families.
LAWSUIT: Florida is Breaking the Law By Refusing To Acknowledge
Married Same-Sex Couples As Parents on Birth Certificates
(Tallahassee, FL, August 13, 2015)—Just days ago, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello—the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida—celebrated the birth of their twin son and daughter. But the couple’s joy was soon mixed with fear and frustration when the hospital denied Cathy the right to add her name to the children’s birth certificates.
Legislators push for statewide LGBT nondiscrimination protections
As cases show, real discrimination persists
despite gains in some areas
August 11, 2015
The assistant manager of a hospital department in Kissimmee was commended often and promoted twice. But in November he was fired, after what he described as months of teasing about his sexual orientation from a new boss.
Mark Puskarich is Equality Florida's new
Tampa Development Officer
Bullied in middle school, he wants to help other youth
As Equality Florida gears up for its next challenge, a new person has joined its Tampa Bay development team.
Equality Florida is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood. For years we have fought side-by-side to ensure quality healthcare & reproductive freedom for women, comprehensive sex education for teens, and equality for all LGBT people. We condemn the smear tactics used against this wonderful organization that serves so many in our state.
Posted on December 19, 2014 - 9:51am by row iliescu.
It was a picture perfect evening at the beautiful and bedazzled Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center as over 200 friends, old and new, turned out in tuxedos, feather boas, rainbow bowties and sequined gowns to the Inaugural Black and White Ball of Lee County to celebrate our champions, progress, diversity and equality and to raise funds for and awareness of Equality Florida’s important work.
Nationally-recognized author, speaker, and openly gay Episcopal priest Robert V. Taylor will speak Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 PM on Faith and the LGBT Community at the USF Marshall Student Center’s Oval Theater.
Taylor’s newly released book, A New Way to be Human, offers a path to an integrated life of purposeand has been highly acclaimed by such notables as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, MD and others.
Equality Florida Instrumental in First-Ever LGBT Staff Event in a Federal Prison
In a groundbreaking move, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has announced that every federal prison in the U.S. will appoint an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representative to their long-standing Affirmative Employment Program. The BOP employs approximately 40,000 nationwide, and until now, the LGBT staff did not have a designated representative in the program.
Posted on December 11, 2011 - 4:16pm by Anonymous.
The world united against gender, racial and religious discrimination -- well, for the most part. But now, it's time to overcome another hurdle on inequality affecting millions of LGBT people. And if it's going to have any chance to succeed, removing this level of discrimination is going to take a global effort.
Posted on September 23, 2011 - 10:38am by mallory.
Today is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. First celebrated in 1999, it's a day to recognize and celebrate what is often times an invisible community. Bisexuals often experience judgement from both the gay community and the straight community, and this day serves as a reminder that bisexuals need to come out and be visible to help take the stigma out of bisexuality.
Check out this piece written by Brian McNaught about the challenges bisexuals face and calls for bisexuals to come out and be visible.
- Your Resident Bisexual, Mallory