VIDEO: Osceola County Unanimously Passes LGBT-Inclusive Human Rights Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • August 18, 2015 • 12:00 pm

Last night, August 17, 2015, the Osceola County Commission voted unanimously to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT residents. The vote adds Osceola County to the 11 total counties and 22 counties in the state of Florida that explicitly protect LGBT Floridians from discrimination, adding momentum to a statewide push for a comprehensive non-discrimination law in Florida – and the national effort to win non-discrimination protections at the federal level.

Equality Florida, which fought for the ordinance this week, said: “Thank you to the incredibly brave residents who shared their stories of LGBT discrimination, and to the Commissioners for their tremendous leadership.”

The vote also comes just a few days after the introduction of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across the state of Florida. Florida Competes is the grassroots effort that includes business leaders, lawmakers, faith leaders, members of the LGBT community and concerned residents who have come together across party lines with a single goal: to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. Learn more about Florida Competes here.

And watch some public discussion from Equality Florida staffers below:

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