“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Those words, written over 30 years ago by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remind us that indifference can never bridge the divide of hate. And, today, they should serve as a call to action to all of us, and to the Movement for LGBTQ equality.
Posted on 2020-05-29 by Brittany.
Posted on 2020-05-26 by michaelw.
Last week, we continued the conversation about the transgender experience in our virtual town hall series, TransChat. The conversation took us across the state as we heard from transgender and nonbinary community leaders discussing challenges, victories, and their own inspirational personal stories! Check out the full segments below and stay tuned for future installments!
Posted on 2020-04-27 by Brittany.
Equality LIVE Reaches Audience of 20,000 and Raises A Remarkable $56,817 During The Live Broadcast Written By: Nadine Smith, Executive Director
Posted on 2020-04-23 by Brittany.
Grammy-Winning Artists, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to Appear on Equality Florida’s “Equality LIVE,” A Daylong Virtual Variety Show in Support of LGBTQ Equality
Posted on 2020-04-09 by Brittany.
We have great news to share as we near the end of the week! Last night, the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously enacted protections against "conversion therapy". Tallahassee is now leading the state with the MOST inclusive policy on this issue to date. This is a big victory for our LGBTQ community and an important message to end this barbaric practice of psychologically torturing young people.
Posted on 2020-03-18 by Brittany.
(We will continue updating this page as we receive additional information and resources.) As COVID-19, also referred to as novel coronavirus, continues to spread across our state, our country and the globe, it is important to be informed and prepared - especially if you are a member of our transgender and nonbinary community.
Posted on 2020-03-16 by Brittany.
Today is Election Day for Florida’s Presidential Primary and this is your guide to protecting your health and democracy. Polls will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM for you to cast your ballot. Your voice in this election is critical.
Posted on 2020-03-12 by Brittany.
(We will update this page regularly) (Update: March 18, 2020) Equality Florida has decided to cancel or postpone additional public events for April/May, including: April 25: Equality Florida Tallahassee Gala May 9: Equality Florida St. Pete Gala (Update: March 13, 2020)
Posted on 2020-02-26 by michaelw.
We’ve now passed the midpoint of the 2020 Legislative Session in Tallahassee and, with a fantastic Lobby Days at the Capitol under our belts, there are some early successes, remaining threats, and clear missed opportunities by the GOP leade
Posted on 2020-02-24 by Brittany.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Hundreds of school district leaders from 39 Florida school districts and Florida Virtual Schools are gathering today for two days of intensive LGBTQ-inclusive trainings in St. Petersburg at the at-capacity sixth annual All Together Now Conference. Attendees represent 90% of Florida’s public school population.
Posted on 2020-02-03 by Brittany.
Families of Transgender Youth Fight Back Against Attacks from Florida Legislature Jeannette Jennings and other parents testify in workshop on anti-trans bill
Posted on 2020-02-03 by Brittany.
Posted on 2020-01-31 by Brittany.
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature has doubled down on its attacks on LGBTQ Floridians by advancing a draconian bill that threatens doctors with 15 years in prison for providing life-saving care to transgender youth. The “Transgender Medical Care Ban” bill (HB 1365) has been scheduled for a vote in the Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee on Monday, February 3 at 3:00pm ET. The only other state to move this dangerous legislation forward is South Dakota.
Posted on 2020-01-28 by Brittany.
TALLAHASSEE — Today Florida Legislators advanced a bill which would have dangerous effects on local LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in employment across the state. Despite strong opposition from Equality Florida and advocates, the Florida House Subcommittee on Local, Federal, and Veterans Affairs voted 10-5 on a party line to move State Representative Bob Rommel’s HB 305 to its final committee. As filed, the bill would roll back local LGBTQ protections that currently cover nearly 60% of the state’s population.
Posted on 2020-01-27 by Brittany.
Posted on 2020-01-17 by Brittany.
Executive Summary “Astonishing. That is the first word that comes to mind as I reflect on the enormous work showcased in this 2019 recap.
Posted on 2020-01-14 by michaelw.
UPDATE as of 1/16/2020: Equality Florida has eliminated House Bill 3’s risk to local protections against conversion therapy. We hit the ground running in the Capitol this week for a series of rapid response meetings and worked with the sponsor of HB 3 — one of the “Slate of 8” bills — to secure this amendment! The quick action was even more critical because HB 3 is being fast-tracked through the House. We’re not out of the woods yet. Next, we’re working to fix the Senate bill.
Posted on 2020-01-13 by michaelw.
Posted on 2019-12-17 by Brittany.
Equality Florida, Impact Fund, NCLR Lead Civil Rights Groups Brief in Florida Appeals Court Fight to Protect Local Human Rights Ordinances Broad coalition of civil rights groups and nonprofit organizations explain that HROs in FL are vital for providing protections against many forms of discrimination
Posted on 2019-11-21 by michaelw.
Equality Florida is proud to announce our Fall 2019 intern cohort! We have representation from all over the state, including cities such as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miami, Boca Raton, Orlando and many more! As they wrap up this semester, learn a little about our interns and show them some love: