Equality Florida brings transgender workplace training to Orlando

By : Melanie Ararat
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ABOVE: Gina Duncan speaking at an Equality Florida event at Orlando City Hall in 2015. Photo by Dana Ng

ORLANDO | Equality Florida will host the organization’s Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace workshop at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16.

The workshop includes a panel discussion with corporate leaders, as well as an appearance from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event looks to educate attendees on transgender workplace issues and concerns, as well as offer ways to improve policies and protocols for transgender employees.

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A toast and a stumble through 2016, the year we will never forget

By : Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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We could go on and on about our gripes with the letter “P” this year, generally circulating around two terms: “Pulse” and “Politics.” So, indeed, that’s what we’ll do. Though we may have seen some wonderful developments in the year that God forgot, for the most part, many of us are grabbing at straws, trying to make sense of how it is that we descended so deeply, that we became the eye of the target of absolute terror.

Some may say that 2016 was the backlash for all of the gifts we were given by 2015, most notably marriage equality in both state and nation. Others might opine that there is something else going on here with the media, with conspiracies, with a new Cold War. We can’t be certain, but we certainly have each other’s backs, as has been proven by the many acts of kindness that rose up to meet the beast of an election year gone awry and a local community cut to its core. We are not a weak people; we have seen trouble before. But this year owns a special place in our hearts, one we hope that heals over without forgetting those who suffered and those who commandeered offenses that none of us could have been prepared for.

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Central Florida Out & Equal Summit brings thousands to town

By : Billy Manes
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Orlando – In a year that has seen huge tragedy, immense recovery, a hurricane, an election that blew much harder than that hurricane, and all of the piecing of our rights back together, it’s been easy to lose sight of our victories, notably in the corporate world. The Out & Equal Summit, which took place on Oct. 4 at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin resorts, is part think tank, part party. Even Lance Bass was a keynote speaker.

At the event, the largest of its kind, nearly 5,000 corporate leaders from the world over stepped forward to find ways to protect workplace rights for the LGBTQ community. This year, the Orlando affiliate took home the prize for Affiliate of the Year. It was no sympathy award for a city in the spotlight, but an award more for the cooperation between several of our larger companies and their respective staffs.

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2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit comes to Orlando for 20-year anniversary

By : Billy Manes
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Tricia Russell - 6.2016ORLANDO – One of the most prestigious conferences for LGBT business people will head to Orlando, Oct. 5-7.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit, hosted at the Disney Swan and Dolphin hotels, has a clear message: “Marriage isn’t the end; we need to be certain that we don’t lose our jobs after our weekend wedding just because we are LGBT.”

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