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Posted on 2015-04-14 by Brittany.
In a bipartisan vote, the Florida Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill designed to help more foster children find permanent homes. The bill also removes an outdated and unconstitutional ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Former Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, spoke eloquently in urging his colleagues not to be swayed by objections that the measure might go against the religious principles of some private, taxpayer-supported adoption agencies.
Posted on 2015-04-10 by hannah.
Pride has finally returned to Tampa, and what an amazing return it was! On March 28th, the Pride festival filled the streets of the Tampa Bay area for the first time in 13 years! The residents of Tampa demonstrated their excitement of this return through their exuberant willingness to volunteer with Equality Florida.
Posted on 2015-04-09 by tyler.
Conversion Therapy - The Quiet Killer Written By: Gina Duncan, Director of Transgender Inclusion
Posted on 2015-04-09 by Brittany.
Florida House votes for discrimination Adoption bill is unlikely to become law, but it still hurts Florida's reputation In an ugly symbolic move, the Florida House on Thursday approved an Indiana-style discrimination bill that gives taxpayer-funded adoption agencies a “license to discriminate” against gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt.
Posted on 2015-04-08 by Brittany.
Former Senate President Rallies Lawmakers, Blocks Discriminatory Amendment Vote follows fiery debate as Indiana-style measure moved forward in House
Posted on 2015-04-08 by Brittany.
Florida Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Enabling Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Is Dangerously Close To Passing The discriminatory bill puts anti-LGBT bias above best interest of children Equality Florida and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on lawmakers today to abandon an anti-LGBT bill that will enable discrimination -- with taxpayer dollars -- against prospective LGBT foster and adoptive parents, and place children seeking a permanent home at continued risk.
Posted on 2015-04-06 by Brittany.
Civic activist Jim VanRiper to be honored at annual Tallahassee Gala Equality Florida’s event will bring together leaders in politics, business and the community A need to protect his family brought Jim VanRiper into gay activism. He hasn’t stopped since. Since moving to Tallahassee in 2003, VanRiper has been a leader in almost every aspect of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Posted on 2015-04-02 by amber.
Equality Florida had an awesome time at PrideFest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches! The entire event was buzzing with energy! Our weekend started off with an exciting training Friday before the event- where each volunteer got excited to get to work, while gathering important information about the Florida Competitive Workforce Act!
Posted on 2015-04-02 by Brittany.
Shameful Indiana-Style Bill Passed by Florida House Committee Would Delay Adoption For Many Vulnerable Children April 2, 2015 Contact: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Public Policy Specialist, [email protected] Jim Harper, Media/Communications, [email protected]
Posted on 2015-04-02 by Brittany.
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Posted on 2015-04-01 by Brittany.
Florida House committee will consider Indiana-style adoption bill Thursday Meanwhile, lawmakers are blocking a bill that would ban LGBT discrimination April 1, 2015 Contact: Carlos Guillermo Smith, Public Policy Specialist, [email protected] Jim Harper, Media/Communications, [email protected]
Posted on 2015-03-31 by tyler.
Michael Keeffe TransAction Advisory Board Spotlight "Last year, Equality Florida launched its statewide transgender inclusion initiative in support of the Transgender Community. With the creation of TransAction Florida's Advisory Board, we now have a statewide scope and reach to provide advocacy, awareness and education of the transgender journey. We are very pleased to highlight one of our Advisory Board Members each month in 2015. This month, I am honored to spotlight the awesome, Michael Keefe."
Posted on 2015-03-27 by tyler.
Morgan Baker (Media Intern - Jacksonville Office) 1. Tell us a little about yourself…
Posted on 2015-03-26 by Brittany.
81% of Floridians are just fine with same-sex marriage New poll comes two months after nuptials began statewide March 26, 2015 Contact: Jim Harper, Media/Communications, 727-388-3636, [email protected] A new poll shows that a vast majority of Floridians are content that same-sex couples can now marry in their state.
Posted on 2015-03-25 by amber.
It’s been a little over a week since Lobby Days, but the energy of those two powerful days is still here! During the event incredible volunteers from across the state engaged with over 80 Representatives and Senators to continue the momentum behind pro-equality legislation. The event was dynamic and inspiring for all who attended.
Posted on 2015-03-19 by Brittany.
Adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funds could discriminate as they wish Bill is proposed soon after state House voted to increase payments to private agencies (March 19, 2015) A bill that would allow private adoption agencies to take state money while continuing to discriminate against groups of prospective parents was approved by a Florida House committee Thursday. Twelve Republicans voted for it; six Democrats opposed it.