The nascent Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee rises again to tackle gun reform

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – “Should OADO do something to eradicate automatic and semi-automatic weapons from American life?” the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee posted on its Facebook page July 3. “Who is up for the challenge?”

It was the first post from the legendary Orlando activist group in almost exactly two years. OADO has a long list of human-rights successes in the Orlando and Orange County areas, ranging from Orlando’s hot-tempered, pro-LGBT Chapter 57 battle in 2002, fair-housing ordinances, human rights ordinances, gender-identity ordinances, domestic partnership registries (the group notoriously argued with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs through 2012 on this issue and its importance, forcing her to eventually, if half-heartedly, acquiesce). To most watching or involved, OADO had managed all that it could on a local level, and it had done so with great results and a lot of volunteer time spent.

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Orlando Mayor publicly supports marriage equality

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, for the first time, officially stated his support for marriage equality during his 2014 State of the City Address.

“Diversity is our greatest strength and a vibrant, welcoming community attracts the kind of industries and talent our cities need. That’s why we were one of the first cities in Florida to adopt a domestic partner registry, and now we have more than 1,200 couples registered,” Dyer said. “I hope that one day we are the city that hosts the state’s first same-sex wedding. Love and commitment should be encouraged, and it should be celebrated and it should be embraced as a constitutional right for all.”

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Orlando issues proclamation for International Transgender Day of Visibility

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Orlando – Leaders of the LGBT and transgender community gathered in Downtown Orlando to celebrate a day of support and awareness for transgender individuals everywhere. A ceremony was held in the Orlando City Hall Rotunda on March 31 to celebrate the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility.

City commissioner Patty Sheehan presented the proclamation and Orlando LGBT organizations present included The GBLT Center of Central Florida, Zebra Coalition and MBA Orlando. Randy Stephens, executive director of The Center, said events like these allow for a better knowledge and understanding of the transgender community for all.

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