The community of people living with HIV and those who love and care for them is once again being threatened by a global pandemic. This time our community is ready for action based on the lessons we learned from the HIV epidemic in the early 1980s. Policymakers whose decisions directly affect the lives of persons living with HIV (PLWH) have a special responsibility to consider the potentially adverse impacts stemming from a complex system of public policy which often fails to adequately address our needs.
Posted on 2020-08-31 by Brittany.
Posted on 2020-08-20 by michaelw.
In the age of the Coronavirus global pandemic, another pandemic quietly continues to sweep our nation with deadly consistency - the killing of Transgender Americans.
Posted on 2020-08-18 by Brittany.
A Note By Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida: The results are (mostly) in, and I couldn’t wait another second to share the news. This has been a big, big night with history-making wins by Black LGBTQ candidates and voters tossing out anti-LGBTQ incumbents all across the state.
Posted on 2020-07-30 by michaelw.
With less than 100 days left until General Election Day, Equality Florida Action PAC is advancing the largest pro-equality voter mobilization program in it's 23 year history.
Posted on 2020-07-24 by Brittany.
TALLAHASSEE - Florida House District 2 candidate Cris Dosev recently released a false and transphobic ad attacking the incumbent office holder, State Representative Alex Andrade. The ad makes demonstrably false claims rooted in transphobia and levels other vague, unverified allegations about Andrade “bully[ing] mothers and grandmothers.” Equality Florida unequivocally condemns the rampant bigotry by Dosev.
Posted on 2020-07-08 by michaelw.
In April, Broward Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Bennett was exposed to COVID-19 on the job and tragically lost his life.
Posted on 2020-07-07 by michaelw.
Civil Rights Groups and Thousands of County Residents Call for Civilian Oversight of Miami-Dade Police
Posted on 2020-07-02 by Brittany.
Jeff Delmay, who served as a plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to the first same-sex marriages in Florida, has been named Co-Chair of Equality Florida’s Board of Directors. Jeff has served on the board since 2016 and accepted the new leadership role during their board meeting in April of this year. His 3-year term begins immediately.
Posted on 2020-06-30 by Brittany.
Florida’s Largest LGBTQ Civil Rights Organization, Equality Florida Action PAC, endorsed Michele Rayner for State House District 70 in the Democratic Primary.
Posted on 2020-06-18 by Brittany.
Today we recognize Juneteenth - a celebration marking the day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free, two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Posted on 2020-06-17 by Brittany.
Black people have been killed, Black people are dying at the hands of police, our country is in crisis, and we all need to take action. We cannot sit on the sidelines, we cannot acquiesce, and we cannot assign responsibility to others. We, as leaders in the LGBTQ movement, must rise up and call for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities, and for long-term transformational change. Now is the time to take action, and this letter amplifies our strong calls for urgent and immediate action to be taken.
Posted on 2020-06-15 by Brittany.
Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that firing someone for being LGBTQ is a VIOLATION of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act! You can read the full opinion at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf Statement on today’s ruling by Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith:
Posted on 2020-06-11 by Brittany.
ORLANDO, FL - As the nation marks four years since the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub that left 49 mostly LGBTQ people of color dead, Equality Florida, in its ongoing commitment to honor the victims with action, is announcing the launch of its largest election program in the organization’s history. The efforts will target 500,000 pro-equality voters in the state of Florida with the goal of ensuring they have updated registrations, resources to educate themselves on where candidates stand on equality, and sign up to receive their ballots by mail.
Posted on 2020-06-02 by Brittany.
Equality Florida Convenes LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter Town Hall; Black LGBTQ Leaders Speak Out To Combat Racial Violence
Posted on 2020-05-29 by Brittany.
“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 2020-05-26 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.