Tallahassee Equality Connection at Fifth and Thomas

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It has been a very difficult few weeks for our community. However, our response collectively since the Pulse Nightclub shooting has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and their response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us to organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Tallahassee Equality Connection at Fifth & Thomas.

RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/connection/tallahassee1

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Tallahassee leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites will be provided, as well as a full cash bar. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Greater Orlando Equality Connection at Aloft Hotel

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It has been a very difficult few weeks for our Orlando community. However, our response collectively since the Pulse Nightclub shooting has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and their response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Greater Orlando Equality Connection in Aloft Hotel Downtown Orlando.

RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016orlando3

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Greater Orlando leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites will be provided, as well as a full cash bar. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Osceola County Equality Connection at 3 Sisters Speakeasy

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It has been a very difficult two weeks for me as an Orlando resident and an Equality Florida staff person. However, our response collectively over the last few days has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and our response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Osceola County Equality Connection at 3 Sisters Speakeasy.

RSVP Here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016orlando4

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Greater Orlando leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Light bites provided by 3 Sisters and a cash bar will be provided, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Greater Orlando Equality Connection at Brevard’s PC Keats!

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It has been a very difficult two weeks for me as an Orlando resident and an Equality Florida staff person. However, our response collectively over the last few days has been nothing short of extraordinary and I couldn’t be prouder of our Equality Florida staff and our response.

In this moment, perhaps more than ever, it is so important for us organize, and recommit to the work of winning full LGBT equality. We need your help. I hope you can join us for our next Greater Orlando Equality Connection in Brevard’s PC Keats.

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016orlando2

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Greater Orlando leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites will be provided, as well as a full cash bar. Guests may also order additional items from PC Keats’ delicious menu. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest. Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Greater Jacksonville Equality Connection at Restaurant Orsay

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It’s been a hard week and I’m guessing that, like me, you’ve been experiencing a powerful mix of emotions from grief, to anger, to overwhelm. A big part of what’s helped me through these long and difficult days has been being together with other people who share my sadness and who share my conviction to continue the fight.

I hope you will join us on July 10 at Orsay to be together and recommit to the work for full LGBT equality. — Michael Farmer.

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We hope you will join us for our next Greater Jax Equality Connection at Restaurant Orsay!

RSVP Here: http://www.eqfl.org/2016jacksonville1

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work here in Jacksonville. We will have complimentary snacks and a cash/credit bar.

We will be joined by Equality Florida’s Jacksonville based leadership team. Equality Florida staff will also give an update on what’s next in the fight for full equality statewide and the latest on the campaign to pass an LGBT inclusive HRO in Jacksonville.

There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

*SAVE THE DATE: EQUALITY FLORIDA GREATER JACKSONVILLE GALA – 10/8/16 AT THE RIVER CLUB*

2016 Equality Florida Greater Jacksonville Steering Committee:
Laura Brown (co-chair), Byron Chandler Rinker, Patrick Douglas (co-chair), Flo Ferris, Jeff Fix, Dawn Hughes, Jonathan Joseph, Brigitte Keener-Robles, Kristy Meeler, Tom Steele, Dan Tice.

Obama encourages LGBT community to push for equality

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Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation has made important strides in providing the LGBT community with equality and justice, but more work is needed.

Obama is speaking at a White House reception in recognition of LGBT pride month, an annual event in his administration.

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Greater Orlando Equality Connection at Enzo’s on the Lake in Seminole County

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We are excited to host our next Greater Orlando Equality Connection at Enzo’s on the Lake in Seminole County!

RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/2016orlando1

This event is open to the public and is designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn how to get engaged in our work.

We’ll be joined by Equality Florida staff and our local Greater Orlando leadership team, who will provide an update on Equality Florida’s work and how you can get involved.

Delicious light bites catered by Enzo’s on the Lake chefs and a cash bar will be provided, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Our Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida.

Philanthropic organizations are rallying for more LGBT donations

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More fundraisers are seeking LGBT funds, and not just from and for our own community.

LGBT people keep coming out, getting involved, marrying and mainstreaming –growing more acceptable in the larger society. Because of this, many fundraisers are reaching out with targeted marketing. It’s a significant shift from once quietly refusing LGBT donations or disregarding us to ones that now actively court our community.

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Don’t mess with “God’s Authority!”: Kentucky clerk defies U.S. Supreme Court ruling, is apparently a glutton for punishment

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Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis speaks to a gathering of supporters during a rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Davis spoke at the rally organized by The Family Foundation of Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The crowd of a few thousand included churchgoers from around the state. Davis has been sued by The American Civil Liberties Union for denying marriage licenses to gay couples. She says her Christian faith prohibits her from signing licenses for same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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If you’ve ever watched a stubborn pet dig its paws into the dirt and refuse to move forward, then you might want to check your pet’s tag and see whether it reads Kim Davis. The apparent pet to the religious-right backlash to marriage equality and the groups that fuel this ridiculous fire, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, is clinging to God’s love and his “authority” by continuing to refuse the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court laughed Davis off with a one-sentence denial of her appeal on the issue, so there was speculation that she would cave. Well, according to our friends at LGBTQ Nation, Davis did just the opposite, hiding in her office behind stylish (ha) blinds at first, and then coming out swinging with the same rhetoric that has captivated audiences nationwide. This one’s really got something! The website reports:

On Tuesday morning, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office denied the licenses to at least two couples. At first, Davis was in her office with the door closed and blinds drawn. But she emerged a few minutes later, telling the couples and the activists gathered there that her office is continuing to deny the licenses “under God’s authority.”

Hillary Thornton with WKYT took video of Davis’ confrontations with couples. Check it out: 

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President George A. Kalogridis and the quiet evolution of LGBT culture at Walt Disney World

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This summer’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality was indeed a watershed moment for the LGBT community. Before the last piece of celebratory confetti had hit the ground, civil rights leaders were quick to point out that the fight for complete equality is not yet over. While gays and lesbians can now legally wed in all 50 states – well, with the exception of that one Kentucky county where the local clerk is dragging her heels in a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – there are still 31 states that lack protections for LGBT workers. Indeed, it’s possible that a Florida lesbian can marry her wife on Saturday, have it announced in Sunday’s newspaper, and be fired on the basis of sexual orientation at work on Monday.

That, most likely, appears to be the movement’s next big fight: securing non-discrimination protections in the workplace throughout the entire country instead of less than half of it.

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A post-marriage primer for ally activism

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JamieHymanHeadshottCongratulations, allies!

Marriage equality is the law of the land, 26 million of us turned our profile pics into a pretty rainbow, we wished a hearty “Mazel Tov!” to our flurry of newly-engaged gay pals, and our work here is done, right?

Nope.

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Atlantic City Beach to consider adding a human rights ordinance

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Atlantic Beach – The fight for LGBT equality has moved to one north Florida beach community, Atlantic Beach, where City Commissioners are considering a Human Rights Ordinance.

A public workshop is scheduled to discuss the issue on Nov. 25.

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