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.  
Posted on 2011-12-12 by nadine.
Words cannot fully express how great this story truly.  Enjoy this excerpt: 
Posted on 2011-12-11 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 2011-12-07 by mallory.
Governor Rick Scott's press conference today on his proposed budget was a little more exciting than usual. Assif Mandvi, a Daily Show correspondent, showed up to ask the Governor a very important question. Mandvi stood up and asked the governor if he would be willing to pee in a cup since tax payer money is going toward his job. The Governor responded, "I've done it plenty of times."
Posted on 2011-12-07 by Sue.
A big "thank you" to everyone on Facebook who helped us reach our goal! Last week Florida businesswoman Amy Mandel challenged us to find 500 new Facebook fans and commited to donate $5 for every person who joined the conversation.  
Posted on 2011-12-07 by mallory.
Rick Perry recently came out with a new ad touting his faith and attacking gay soldiers. Watch:   Perry also did an interview with ABC News' Christine Amanpour saying he would feel comfortable reinstating DADT. Here's the transcript (pulled from the Washington Blade) from that interview:
Posted on 2011-12-06 by mallory.
The Obama Administration came out today with more bold steps for LGBT equality, this time aimed at LGBT people abroad.  The three page memorandum, directs agencies that are engaged abroad, "to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons." The memorandum directs agencies to:
Posted on 2011-12-05 by mallory.
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. Interesting note, all of the commissioners and Mayor Dyer are all wearing red today in support of the registry. 
Posted on 2011-12-02 by mallory.
Hoorah for Senator Nancy Detert! I've always liked Nancy Detert, I think she tells it like it is and thinks for herself. Today the Florida Independent released a story about one more reason why we should like Senator Nancy Detert. See the story below.  
Posted on 2011-12-02 by mallory.
The day after World AIDS Day, the Florida Department of Health announced a dramatic reduction of the number of people on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) wait list. According to an announcement yesterday by the Department, the wait list has been cut by 80%.
Posted on 2011-12-01 by nadine.
Florida businesswoman Amy Mandel has pledged to donate $5 for every person who "likes" Equality Florida's facebook page. Amy will match up to $2500 so we need to get 500 or more people to join.
Posted on 2011-12-01 by mallory.
Today is World AIDS day. The Obama Administration has released a fact sheet entitled "The Beginning of the End of AIDS". Read to see what the President has done, and is doing on HIV/AIDS. Most importantly, know your status. To find out more about getting tested visit    
Posted on 2011-12-01 by equality florida.
This enrty was originally posted at The Bilerico Project by Voice for Equality Award Honoree Michael Emannel Rajner
Posted on 2011-11-30 by mallory.
Politicos and data nerds everywhere have had an exciting week. On Monday the Florida Senate released it's proposal for new Congressional and state Senate maps. Much is being said on both sides of the aisle about the maps, the Republicans saying they stuck to Amendments 5 & 6 and hailing the process as the most transparent yet. Democrats are saying the maps are still gerrymandered to favor Republicans. Rather than even attempting to analyze all the data, I'm going to let the fine folks at the St. Petersburg Times do it. Check out this article posted today. 
Posted on 2011-11-29 by Anonymous.
Exciting news! We just received confirmation from the White House Office of Public Engagement that their LGBT liaison, Gautam Raghavan will join our Telephone Town Hall next Monday, December 5th, 2011.
Posted on 2011-11-28 by joe.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has scheduled the domestic partnership registry for public hearings on Monday December 5th and Monday December 12th at 2:00pm.
Posted on 2011-11-28 by mallory.
Later today, Congressman Barney Frank will announce he is not running for re-election. Frank, the 16-term Congressman from Massachusetts, became the first openly LGBT member of congress when he came out publicly in 1987. He is the former chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, although perhaps he is better known for his quips.  Watch his press conference at 1:00pm here.