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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Sunshine State.

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Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance

By Shane Stahl • February 14, 2018, 12:35 pm One year ago today, February 14, the City Council in Jacksonville, Florida passed the #JaxHRO, which updated the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance to include protections or LGBTQ people.

On Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate All Couples Equally – Including LGBTQ Couples

February 13, 2018, 5:22 pm

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Freedom For All Americans is spotlighting couples from across the LGBTQ and gender spectrum who talk about not only their personal love stories, but also why it is essential for their state and country to embrace LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Thank you to the National Center for Transgender Equality for partnering with us on many of these stories. Take a look!


“We Still Get Butterflies,” Says Married Couple in Florida

February 13, 2018, 4:05 pm Married couple SueZie & Cheryl Hawkes share their love story, explain how discrimination has affected them, and why comprehensive protections are important.
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Historic Hearings, Bipartisan Support Grows, and Combatting More Bad Bills

By Shane Stahl • February 2, 2018, 5:28 pm The latest news about LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination in the states, from the week of January 29-February 2!
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Legal Action in Florida and Missouri, Virginia Moves Forward, and #TransBillNH Picks Up Steam

By Shane Stahl • January 26, 2018, 3:46 pm A roundup of all the news regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination for the week of January 21.
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Transgender Male Student Files Suit Against Florida School Board, Claiming Discriminatory Policies

By Shane Stahl • January 24, 2018, 3:12 pm A 15-year-old transgender male student has filed suit against his local school board, claiming their policies violate Title IX and the 14th Amendment.
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This Week in LGBTQ Non-Discrimination: Campaigns Launched and Bills Introduced

By Shane Stahl • January 19, 2018, 5:37 pm Legislative news regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination dominated the week, with support growing for comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in Ohio, and campaigns to pass such legislation announcing their official launches in Florida and New Hampshire.
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Historic Trial in Transgender Teen’s Discrimination Case Begins in Florida District Court

By Shane Stahl • December 13, 2017, 10:19 am The discrimination case of Adams v. The School Board of St. John’s County, Florida, centered on a 16-year-old transgender boy in Florida fighting to use the boys’ bathroom in his high school, kicked off Monday with testimony in the Middle District Court of Florida.

Transgender Woman Harassed at Local Grocery Store Thankful for Local Non-Discrimination Protections

December 12, 2017, 9:34 am When you walk into the grocery store to complete your shopping list for the week, the last thing you expect is to be harassed and refused service. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Cassandra Hefton in Miami Beach, Florida this summer.

Conservative Ally Works to Make LGBTQ Protections a Republican Priority in Florida and Beyond

December 6, 2017, 9:57 am Jessica Fernandez, a conservative from Florida who has served as President of Miami Young Republicans, knows the importance of nondiscrimination laws.
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Report: Small Businesses Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • November 18, 2017, 8:56 am On Thursday, November 16, the Small Business Majority released a report detailing polling it had conducted in five different states: North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Overall, the report definitively states that small business believe discriminatory practices against LGBTQ customers is bad for business, and should not be allowed by law.

Same-Sex Couple, Both Navy Veterans, Push for Protections in Florida

August 1, 2017, 2:22 pm As veterans, Jennifer and Jen served to preserve and protect freedom for every American – but until they are fully protected from discrimination in every state, including where they live in Florida, their country is failing to reciprocally ensure their full freedom.
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How the National Conversation on LGBT Non-Discrimination Has Evolved 40 Years After Anita Bryant Campaign

By Adam Polaski • June 7, 2017, 4:05 pm June 7 marks 40 years since voters in Dade County, Florida stampeded to the polls for a special election, one centered on stripping away critical non-discrimination protections from gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
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As Legislative Session Begins, Florida Competitive Workforce Act is Reintroduced with Bipartisan Support

By Adam Polaski • March 7, 2017, 1:53 pm Today, bipartisan support for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (CWA) reached a historic level as lawmakers returned to Tallahassee for the 60-day legislative session.

Transgender Woman in Jacksonville Celebrates Big City Council Victory for LGBT Non-Discrimination

February 17, 2017, 11:32 am "After I transitioned I realized that I didn't just forfeit a lot of living along the way – I also missed so many opportunities to help others, to be a resource for others like me as well as others NOT like me who could benefit from a deeper understanding of transgender people. Now, I want to work on that. Now, I'm making up for lost time."