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


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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VICTORY: Jacksonville City Council Passes LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • February 14, 2017, 6:58 pm Today, February 14, the City Council in Jacksonville, Florida passed the #JaxHRO, which updates the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance to ensure that LGBT people are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Several Anti-LGBT Bills Are Withdrawn While More Positive Legislation is Filed

By Adam Polaski • February 3, 2017, 5:12 pm Every Friday of this year’s legislative session for the next few months, Freedom for All Americans will be recapping what happened in states across the country with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination. Here’s our second 2017 entry – a look at the landscape for LGBT non-discrimination in these six states:
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Jacksonville Steps Closer to LGBT Protections, While Some States Defeat Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 5:35 pm Every Friday of this year's legislative session for the next few months, Freedom for All Americans will be recapping what happened in states across the country with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination. Here’s our second 2017 entry – a look at the landscape for LGBT non-discrimination in these eight states:
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: 2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off With Many LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 13, 2017, 1:18 pm 2017 is off to a wild start already, with dozens of states launching headfirst into their 2017 legislative sessions. At the top of the agenda in many states? LGBT-related bills.
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Jacksonville City Council Introduces Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2017, 4:19 pm Jacksonville is the twelfth largest city in the United States and one of the few top cities where LGBT people are not explicitly protected from discrimination.
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10 Ways Discrimination Against LGBT Americans Was Spotlighted in 2016

By Adam Polaski • December 27, 2016, 1:20 am As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Freedom for All Americans reflects on the biggest LGBT stories in 2016.
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Years After Facing Employment Discrimination, Bisexual Floridian Reflects on Importance of Visibility, Support & Pride

September 18, 2016, 9:12 pm One experience stands out as a particularly stark example of discrimination – years ago in Florida, Jessie was fired from her job because of her sexual orientation.