NEWS RELEASE: Historic Event Marks First Time Florida Legislators -- Host An Official Town Hall On Lgbt Legislative Issues

Representative Perry E. Thurston and Senator Maria Lorts Sachs

Lead Town Hall in conjunction with LGBT History Month:  Monday, October 28


Florida House Democratic Leader Perry E. Thurston and Florida Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Maria Lorts Sachs will host a Legislative Town Hall at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 28 at Wilton Manors City Commission Chambers.

Taking place during LGBT History Month, this is an historic moment in Florida legislative history, as it is the first timethat Florida state legislators are hosting an official town hall on LGBT legislative issuesthat uniquely affect Florida’s LGBT community.

During the 2013 Florida legislative session, Rep. Thurston, Sen. Sachs, along with members of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, were strong advocates for legislative efforts to protect the ability for local governments to adopt protections providing for equity for LGBTFloridians.

In the 2014 session, legislators will work in a bipartisan effort to advance equal protections in employment, housing and public accommodation for LGBT Floridians, to ensure Florida maintains its competitive workforce, to enact a statewide domestic partnership registry, to provide protections for unmarried couples and to address other issues uniquely affecting the lives of LGBT Floridians.

Broward County Human Rights Section will provide a brief overview of the Broward County Human Rights Act that provides some protections for LGBT people. Representative Thurston and Senator Sachs encourage all to attend and help formulate and influence policy for the upcoming session.

“We commend Representative Thurston and Senator Sachs for their longstanding support and ongoing advocacy to protect Florida’s LGBT citizens,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's LGBT community.  “With more than 100 municipalities having LGBT protections in place, and one-third of people now living in states that recognize marriage equality, Florida is poised to be a leader in achieving LGBT equality in southern states.”

Founded in 1997, Equality Florida has worked with local and state legislators to help introduce and obtain legislative hearings and workshops on many issues affecting Florida’s LGBT citizens, including anti-bullying, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act and Families First legislation.

Members of the community are invited to attend the Legislative Town Hall on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 PM at Wilton Manors City Commission Chambers, 2020 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.  



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