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Causes: Bullying, Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Celebrating its 20th year, Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Programs: Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Florida formed in 1997, following the lopsided passage of a state law that banned the recognition of marriages for same sex couples. Our first commitment was to defeat all future anti-LGBT legislation filed in Tallahassee, and for 20 years in a row we’ve kept that promise, despite repeated efforts by the legislature to roll back our progress. Under our watch, marriage equality was won in Florida, the ban on gay and lesbian adoption has been repealed, and more than 170 local policies have been passed.

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82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equality Florida has assisted in awareness, education and protections for the LGBT community. Their work on legislative issues has stopped discrimination and created awareness within the legislature. They have done amazing work for the LGBT community throughout all of Florida.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I just attended the marvelous annual Gala at The Gardens Hotel. The setting was cool and relaxed under the lush vegetation. The food as always was elegant from oysters and a caviar pie to satay on a stick and stir fry in a little Chinese take out container. And there was plenty of it! The desssert table was lovely to look at and the pastries were gobbled up right away. A warm and caring community feeling permeated the entire garden. One factor that played a big part was that the whole event was free and open to the public. No one was turned away and the festivities were open to everyone in the gay and straight community. We had a wonderful time.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I'm impressed with Equality Florida's track record -- 20 years of success in battling attempts to chip away at equality, pushing justice forward in areas not usually friendly to such efforts, responding speedily (and with great success) to current events and taking the initiative on issues like school bullying. My dollars are being used well.

As an occasional volunteer, I'm gratified at the professionalism throughout the organization, from senior staff to local organizers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is highly-professional, responsive and collegial with other advocacy organizations. Sero Project has had an excellent relationship working with Equality Florida on HIV criminalization reform in Florida.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is such an amazing organization. I love that they stand up for the Equal rights that every person deserves!! Well done Equality Florida

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been happy to volunteer with Equality Florida for the past few years. I got involved as a host committee member because of Evie Evers Kling. Her passion for this organization is astounding. I fully appreciate the good work that is done on behalf of the LGBT community and will continue to support them both as a volunteer and with a donation.
Thanks,
Joan Shea

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an LCSW who specializes in addressing the mental health needs of transgender youth, I am so grateful for the work Equality Florida does in attacking issues on the macro level. Policy can play a critical role, for better or worse, in the mental health and overall well-being of LGBTQ people. Equality Florida works tirelessly to not only neutralize the pervasive atmosphere of hostility experienced by many LGBTQ people as a result of discriminatory public policy but also to create an atmosphere of affirmation and support by advocating for overtly LGBTQ-positive public policy. When I volunteer for Equality Florida as a citizen lobbyist, I know it is perhaps one of the most important long term ways I can help my clients. I cannot overstate the importance of their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is an organization that is very active in protecting LGBTQ individuals in the State of Fl. Most recently, I had the opportunity to witness the leadership at Equality Florida and Mark Puskarich go up in front of Tampa City Council to support a City wide ban on conversion therapy. The organization was prepared with facts and testimony of health professionals supporting the bas and warning about the risks that such treatment has on young ones.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An extremely inclusive and impactful nonprofit. I'm glad a friend got me involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern with Equality Florida, I've had the distinct opportunity to directly impact change within my community and across the state. Equality Florida works hard everyday to fight for equality for all, no matter gender identity, age, race, sexual orientation, etc. Equality Florida lobby's, helps communities, and does so much for the LGBTQ population in Florida. When the Massacre at Pulse happened, Equality Florida was there to rally, protest, and raise money for the city of Orlando as well as the families who lost their loved ones.