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Posted on 2012-02-08 by stratton.
Four of the most powerful mayors in Miami-Dade County will meet Thursday for lunch with the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political and business activists.
Posted on 2012-02-07 by brian.
Equality Florida released the following statement, by Managing Director Brian Winfield, regarding today's Federal Appeals Court ruling that found California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional: "Today's decision is a wonderful victory, not only for same-sex couples, but also for everyone who knows the value of love and fairness.
Posted on 2012-02-07 by mallory.
At this very moment, dozens of citizen lobbyists from across Florida are working the halls of the capitol and telling their stories as part of Equality Florida's 2012 Lobby Days. By sending a message to your state Representative and Senator right now, you'll double the impact our team can have on those who make the laws that effect our lives.
Posted on 2012-02-03 by brian.
EQFL NOTE: Like Utah, Florida does not currently have statewide non-discriminations protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. While it is difficult to quantify the financial impact of this lack of protections, we know that major employers consider a state's reputation when deciding to relocate or expand. He's an article in which officials at EBay explain their hesitation to expand in Utah, a state without these protections.
Posted on 2012-01-26 by brian.
EQFL NOTE: Below is a just-issued press release from our colleagues at  ACLU National. It's always good to see that shcool districts are being held accountable when they do not protect all of their students.   Former Student Gains Major Settlement after Enduring Years of Harassment
Posted on 2012-01-25 by nadine.
Last week Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith was invited by the White House to meet the President and attend his speech at Disney World on increasing Tourism and Jobs.
Posted on 2012-01-23 by mallory.
Call To Action! Three anti-choice bills will be up the House Health and Human Services Access committee tomorrow. Call the committee now and let them know they should be focusing on the economy, not playing politics with women's lives. Equality Florida will be in the committee tomorrow speaking out against these bills, but lawmakers need to hear from you today. The complete committee list is below, but if you can only make a few calls, please focus on Chair Baxley and Vice Chair Roberson. 
Posted on 2012-01-15 by joe.
In the last month there’s been a whirlwind of organizing and activity to create Orlando and Orange County domestic partnership registries. It’s been an emotional and intense effort that’s activated LGBT advocates, community leaders, faith leaders, business owners, elected officials and the media around a singular goal – providing legal recognition and meaningful protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families in Orange County, FL.
Posted on 2012-01-13 by mallory.
  This was the first week of the 2012 Florida legislative session and a busy week it was. Here are some highlights from Week 1 of the Florida legislature: First Day: Pomp and circumstance. Awake the State.
Posted on 2012-01-13 by brian.
In a landmark decision hailed by conservative Christians and advocates for religious liberty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a Redford Township church's firing of a teacher.
Posted on 2012-01-12 by brian.
EQFL NOTE: Equality Florida continues to be in contact with numerous students and officials at FAMU to ensure Robert's death is investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you have information to share, please contact the Central Florida Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or contact Equality Florida at 813-870-3735.  
Posted on 2012-01-12 by joe.
  Media Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Jan. 11, 2012) Contact: Joe Saunders, Field Director, (407) 497-4986 Brian Winfield, Communications Director (727) 488-7799     Media Statement by Equality Florida Field Director Joe Saunders who is based in Orlando   Domestic Partnership Registries Provide Strongest Protections
Posted on 2011-12-21 by mallory.
Yesterday, Newt Gingrich had an encounter with a gay Iowa voter and did something unusual: told him to vote for the other guy. Professor Scott Arnold approached Gingrich and asked how he plans to engage voters who support LGBT rights and specifically marriage equality. Gingrich acknowledges that he won't get the support of those voters.
Posted on 2011-12-20 by joe.
Last week I visited Orlando's NPR Station (WMFE - 90.7FM) to record a short segment about our campaign for domestic partnership protections in Orange County. My contribution to WMFE's very popular "My Voice" program celebrates the City of Orlando for it's creation of Central Florida's first domestic partnership registry and calls on Orange County government to follow suit. 
Posted on 2011-12-14 by mallory.
Big news out of Tallahassee today. Leon County Judge Terry Lewis has removed Amendment 7 from the 2012 ballot. The amendment, put on the ballot by the Republican controlled legislature, would have lifted the prohibition on state money going to religious institutions. 
Posted on 2011-12-12 by joe.
I've just left Orlando City Hall where moments ago Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Commission have voted unanimously to create Central Florida's first domestic partnership registry!
Posted on 2011-12-12 by Anonymous.
Today the Orlando City Commission will hold it's first hearing on enacting a domestic partnership registry in the city. The commission meeting is currently underway and the room is packed with supporters wearing red in support of the registry.  Last week the Commission voted unanimously to move the registry forward.