Florida Together holds state LGBT Conference

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Florida Together, a non-profit LGBT organization, held its fourth statewide LGBT Leadership Conference in Orlando on July 24. Political candidates and non-profit leaders discussed priorities and strategies for strengthening the LGBT community.

FLTogether2010Conf_773062401.jpgSpeakers included Karin Quimby, Regional Field Director for HRC; David Aronberg, candidate for Florida Attorney General; openly gay Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and openly gay Congressman Jared Polis, who spoke to conference attendees via Skype.

The speakers addressed more than 100 non-profit leaders from around the state.

Florida Together’s mission is to be dedicated to achieving equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians.

“I was inspired by how far this organization has come in such a short time,” said Aronberg. “It shows that the LGBT community has a motivated group of new leaders ready to help bring real change to Florida. Florida Together is about action and not just talk.”

A wide spectrum of groups were in attendance, including Stand Up Florida, Out & Equal Tampa Bay, St. Pete Pride, ACLU of Florida, Metropolitan Community Church Tampa, GaYBOR District Coalition, Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association, Orlando Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Orlando Human Rights Committee, Log Cabin Republicans and PFLAG.

“It was so nice to get a chance to have so many different groups together and see the common threads among us,” said Michael Kenny, executive director of Florida Together. 
Next year’s Statewide LGBT Leadership Conference has already been schedule for January in Miami.

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