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Equality Florida, Inc.

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Causes: Bullying, Civil Rights, Democracy, 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 Under our watch, marriage equality was won in Florida, the ban on gay and lesbian adoption has been repealed, and more than 170 local policies have been passed.

Community Stories

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great team to work with ...it shows how they genuinely try to help others.

Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is a well-respected expert in the state of Florida and nationally for their programming and advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ community. As a funder, we have found a wonderful party in Equality Florida. Our community is lucky to have them.

Cameron H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Have witnessed firsthand how truly compassionate the staff at EQFL are towards their fight for equality. I always know my donations are being put to an important use.

Nick M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Equality Florida is always a great experience. Everyone on staff is incredibly invested in the progressive work they are doing. They constantly remain up-to-date on our community's issues and needs, and they have a proven track record of political wins for LGBTQ equality.

Brian C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an LGBTQ ally and a friend of Equality Florida. I’ve seen the amazing work they do in the community and across the state.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Tampa resident and the parent of an LGBTQ child I’ve seen the powerful impact Equality Florida has made in my community and across the state. I’m proud to be a member and a donor.

Enrique W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Equality Florida's impact on our community here in Florida, shining throughout the US can not be understated. They carry the torch that enacts organized action, providing lasting and measurable impact.

Katie D.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what Equality Florida is doing for our community members. You can feel the passion in their events and each person involved with the organization gives 100%. I trust them to provide honest and accurate information and they serve as an amazing pillar in the fight for social justice.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is an excellent organization advancing social justice initiatives for the LGBTQ+ community, which is a marginalized population that needs as much support as it can get. I am grateful for all Equality Florida does and strongly believe in their mission. Thank you!

1 Kaitlin L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very engaged and connected with local issues -- love working with the lovely folks at EQFL! They're a trusted resource in our community as leaders in LGBTQ equality.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equality Florida has worked tirelessly with its community partners in Florida to make positive impacts across the lifespans of LGBT people -- from youth to adults to families. Their staff work locally to support regional efforts for policy, advocacy, and cultural change. I truly appreciate their approach to this work, which has been increasingly more intersectional and multi-issues focused, taking into consideration the vast array of issues that LGBT face (reproductive rights, gun control, schools/education). As a LGBT professional working in advocacy and education myself, I am highly critical of LGBT organizations -- EQ FL passes my judgments with flying colors!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have some personal stake in the game..... My son came out at the age of 19. Up until that moment because he was a white privileged male, discrimination or inequality was not something I had ever had to consider in his world. Needless to say my eyes were opened wide... I am at times disappointed in our community that we even need an organization to fight for the simple right of equal treatment and at the same time often wonder where our world as it is today would be without it. Equality Florida is essential, important, and making REAL CHANGE. As a parent ally of the LGBTQ community, I am so appreciative that Equality Florida has my son's back..

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a strait white male. After my son played a college soccer game he let my wife and I know that he was gay. WOW... The first thought that came thru my mind was he lives in a grey world. He can not walk down a street holding his boyfriends hand. A way to create awareness and equality for the LBGTQ community is for the state of Florida to pass a Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) for the state. Currently 60% of the state covered by the local communities. It is time for the state to do the same!!! We will get there...

2 Debbie L.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Equality Florida folks work hard to secure the rights of Florida's LGBTQ community. They have successfully defeated or neutralized every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation filed in Tallahassee since its founding. The staff are dedicated organizers, educators, and lobbyists who get things done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the proud mother of a son who is a member of the LGBTQ community, I sincerely appreciate and support the efforts of Equality Florida to help ensure that housing and employment opportunities are not limited. Despite strides made for marriage equality, more must be done to eliminate inappropriate and hurtful discrimination, especially at the state level. Please consider supporting this worthy endeavor! Angela Morrison

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Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida stands out in the United States as the largest, most independent and most effective statewide human rights organizations. They have built power as lobbyists, coalition builders and advocates during these decades under some of the most craven right wing state governments, protecting the community from attacks on LGBT people in the workplace, in the area of marriage and family law, as parents, transgender individuals, and as students. Their work in partnership with Planned Parenthood on reproductive freedom, on fair districts, on restoring the right of Florida's 1 million+ former felons to vote and defending democracy make them leaders nationally in the intersectional politics that define our world today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Equality Florida is one of the only statewide voices on issues of equality and a critically important organization in our state. Their team organizes folks from around the state to bring our voices collectively to be heard by state and local leaders.

4 Dana F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this nonprofit for more than a decade. My role has been been as a volunteer (fundraising and public policy support). The staff are extremely responsive and responsible to many issues impacting LGBTQ people, as well as partnering around other progressive issues impacting Floridians.

3 revjoeparramore

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with and know their ED for over 20 years. The issues that EQFL engages in is beyond comparison, their heart, their,compassion, their tenacity, and their will to serve is unmatched.

We have long supported their efforts to be a force of change for all humanity. When they raise their voice for change we sing in concert with them.

While they have accomplished many milestones, there is much work left to accomplish. We stand with them in the challenges that lie ahead.

Rev. Joe Parramore, BS, MBA, M.Div.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband Jerry and I have supported Equality FLORIDA for a number of years. The organization has always been on the forefront of issues regarding EQUALITY and social justice for all humanity. As a Pastor, I find that this work is precisely what the work of the Christ within us should be. Their character and integrity goes beyond measure.

Regards,
Rev. Joe Parrarmore, BS, MBA, MDiv.

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Donor

Rating: 5

EQFL is an amazing organization committed to helping LGBTQ citizens in Florida have civil rights. Their work in the Jacksonville area was instrumental in getting a human rights ordinance in place for the city. They also provide a great social network for LGBTQ citizens in the area. I support them yearly in sponsorship and volunteering because of the great work they do!

2 Peter P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is an amazing organization which is dedicated to promoting and protecting civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in Florida. The work that they do it more important than ever. My experience with this organization has been outstanding. I have been involved with various nonprofits my entire life and Equality Florida is without a doubt at the top of the list for their execution of mission and vision. The organization far exceeded my expectations!