Equality Florida, Inc.

Rating: 4.57 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Bullying

Location: P.O. Box 13184 St. Petersburg FL 33733 USA

Mission: Equality Florida is the state''s largest human rights organization working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians.
Programs: In 2006,Equality Florida launched our Florida GSA Network with catalystfunding from the Collin Higgins and Roblee foundations to hire apart-time organizer.  Our network has grown to over 100 GSAs and  has played a vital role in passing localanti-bullying policies that now protect nearly 56% of Florida's 2.6million students from harassment based on sexual orientation and 29%from harassment based on gender identity. We recognize that GSAs often provide a lifeline to young people struggling against anti-LGBT bias. We plan to build the Florida GSA Network into a permanent, powerful and youth-driven instrument of change.
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Rating: 1 stars  

In-Depth: Equality Florida's Endorsements Under Scrutiny
Inconsistencies found in way state's largest LGBT rights org backs candidates

Please check out this article published in the March 25, 2015 edition of the South Florida Gay News: http://southfloridagaynews.com/Local/in-depth-equality-florida-s-endorsements-under-scrutiny.html

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Rating: 1 stars  

This is hands down thew worst agency advocating for LGBT rights. They primarily serve as a news source, although they collect money under the guise of being advocates. Then they get you on their mailing list and never take you off. They don't follow opt in procedures and they don't remove you when requested. After requesting to be removed several times, they started to call my cell phone. They keep calling my cell phone. Then I call the number back and that voicemail is full. I never gave them permission to use my number for anything. I never opted in to any marketing, telemarking, news, program of theirs. This is non-profit at its worst.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a straight ally, a donor, a volunteer, and a member of Equality Florida. I have been so for many, many years.

Equality Florida has grown from a few to thousands of members over its two decades of life, because it has worked from the trenches—you name a trench, and EQFL is working there—with respect for all and asked for and stood for respect for all, especially, of course, the LGBTQ community. They have worked for and won anti-bullying laws, domestic partnerships—even in some of the most conservative towns—stood with those who were angry about horrendously discriminatory policies while turning that anger into positive actions so that, always, in the end, we are winning the hearts and minds of Floridians, at least those who are part of what is called the “moveable middle.” Their successes go on and on just as does the work still necessary. What is continuous is EQFL’s commitment to respect for all, fair and equal rights for all, and working hard until we reach that point.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a financial supporter, Tampa Gala Steering committee member and volunteer and I'm very proud of the work we are doing in fighting for and incrementally winning equal rights for the LGBT community around the state.

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As a straight ally I am proud to be a donor and volunteer with Florida Equality- a great organization which works hard to guarantee the rights and benefits of LGBT individuals and families. As a mother with two children (now adults) I believe that all couples should have the opportunity to love and parent. I also feel it it is my duty to work to ensure that all people regardless of gender identification or sexual orientation, can live their authentic self while feeling safe and equal in their home, school, work, and community. I endorse Florida Equality for their effectiveness and leadership. They do an excellent job of working to help victims of intolerance and hate, fight for their basic human rights, such as equality in schools and workplaces, marriage equality and the right to adopt.

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2014

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Thank you Equality Florida for being there for me when my wife passed on March 13,2014. They are always ready to fight the fight wherever and whenever they are needed in the state of Florida. I made a call for I knew it was time for Lee County to get with the "Equality for all" program and there was Equality Florida....ready to work with us...It sure it wonderful now that they have a presence in SouthWest Florida.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Equality Florida has been one of the most consistent and successful state LGBT organizations in the history of our movement. In the face of overwhelming bigotry from a state government that lurched hard to the right over the past two decades, it has woven together a tapestry of discrimination protection, partner recognition and more in local jurisdictions around the state, affording protections to the majority of Florida's LGBT people, couples and family. Executive Director Nadine Smith, a real force of nature, leads an outstanding team of professional staff, volunteer leaders and ordinary folk all committed to equality and fairness. Support them!

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Rating: 5 stars  

i have been with my partner for 8 plus yrs and we would like to get married but the state of florida will not allow EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE. hope we get some good people elected in so that this stuff gets over turned

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Rating: 5 stars  

Equality Florida doesn't always take the easy way, nor the most popular---but with steady leadership, inspired vision, and the ability to find the best in a situation or a person, the organization makes inexorable progress toward statewide protections for the entire LGBT community. Not flashy, but effective; great bang for the donated buck!

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Do you wish to be on the right side of issues such as marriage equality, safe schools from bullying, anti-discrimination in the workplace, housing and before our fellow man? Equality Florida, and other statewide Equality orgs will do all this for you and more.

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Advocate for more in-kind donations to further offset the costs of traveling statewide.

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2014

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