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 Under our watch, marriage equality was won in Florida, the ban on gay and lesbian adoption has been repealed, and more than 170 local policies have been passed.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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Benjamin Jam S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have grown up alongside this organization and it has always been in my life. The staff are the most spectacular from the top down. The safe schools program, the transaction program and the political program are all absolutely phenomenal. I love this organization.

1 William Ide P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my wife to an Equality Florida rally almost 20 years ago in a park in Pinellas. Not that many people, but friends and some food. A guy stood up on the other side of the park and starting quoting from the Bible how we were so wrong and would go to hell. I looked around and my wife was missing. She was standing in front of the man yelling back, “you have no concept of what the Bible says. We are to love everyone. You are not representing the Bible!”

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is a highly effective education (c-3) and advocacy (c-4) organization representing and defending the interests of Florida’s LGBTQ community. As a the organization’s former Communications Director (2001-2010), Managing Director (2011-2014) and CFO (2015-2016), I intimately know the extraordinary quality of the senior management team, their dedication to stretching every donor dollar, and their commitment to achieving the organization mission while contributing to a broader vision of diversity throughout the state and nation. Equality Florida is a Great Nonprofit and deserving of your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My philosophy has always been to think globally and act locally. When I first moved to Florida I was extremely pleased to be introduced to the great work and history of EQFL. EQFL draws support across Florida thru their efforts and success in securing human and civil rights for our LGBT communities. I don’t know of any group that is as strong and effective in squelching the efforts of oppressive legislation that endeavors strip away LGBT rights.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is a remarkable organization​, that's been in existence for twenty years, and I am proud to be a part of it​. It serves several important functions for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Floridians​, and I volunteer to help raise funds for that important work​. Everyone was touched by the massacre at Pulse Nightclub. ​Equality Florida was the first to recognize the need to meet the needs of the victims' ​families and the survivors ​in the aftermath of the attack. ​There was a​n inter​​nation​al​​ ​response to the GoFundMe Pulse Victim's fund set up by Equality Florida. In three months almost $10 million dollars was raised, all of ​which were given to ​directly ​benefit victims and their families.
E​quality Florida was praised for the integrity and transparancy with which they managed the fund, for which they received no fee.​

This year, ​I participated in Equality Florida's ​annual ​lobby days in Tallahassee where the EF staff organized an extensive schedule of meetings to reach out to ​state level Senators and Representatives to explain the importance of protecting the rights of LGBT individuals​ in the workplace, housing and public accommodations, as well as limiting bills that promote religion-based discrimination​. EF ​also ​works with school​ districts​ and organizations to ​promote safe schools for all students​. This year they launched the pioneering Safe and Healthy Schools Project that is developing the resources for all districts in Florida, as well as the tools by which to measure success and require accountability. ​

Equality Florida is an important and effective organization​, that I believe provides good value​.​ It gets high ratings from non-profit rating organizations, too.​

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida has made so many things possible for LGBT Floridians. The work they do with youth, the Pulse Fund and so much more has made the state a better place for LGBT people. I was amazed at the outpouring of support at the Tampa gala and was honored to be a volunteer and steering committee member.

Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida promotes equal human rights for the LGBTQ communities in Florida. Through lobbying the state legislature, working with cities and counties across the state, developing programs for LBGTQ students in public schools throughout the state, Equality Florida has improved the lives of all Florida citizens. Its lobbying efforts extend to issues important to all citizens of the state. It has worked diligently to restrain the legislature from denying women control over their own bodies. It has worked to promote reasonable, responsible gun control. Most important, it alerts its members to actions they as individuals can take to promote human rights for all people. As a nonprofit, Equality Florida can always be counted upon to use their donations efficiently and effectively to advance its mission. I know the money I give Equality Florida each month is money well spent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is by far my favorite LGBQT nonprofit. As a member of the LGBQT community, I can count on Equality Florida for current information regarding legislative action across the state. As a volunteer, I am valued and appreciated. As a donor, I know my contributions are used wisely. The staff members of Equality Florida are passionate, dedicated, and professional. Not only do they care about the LGBTQ community as a group, they deeply care for the individual. Their work on behalf of the LGBTQ community has resulted in local ordinances for LGBTQ protections for sixty percent of the citizens of Florida. They are continuing to work for passage of a statewide Florida Competitive Workforce Act which will grant protections statewide. Their efforts raised millions of dollars for the victims of the Pulse shooting. Their dedication, diligence, and perseverance have raised awareness throughout the state of the needs of the LGBTQ community. Florida is a more humane state for all its citizens through the work of Equality Florida.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have been a volunteer with Equality Florida in Key West for the past 3 years. I believe in their mission to help the LGBTQ community throughout the state of Florida fight discrimination and to reduce hate crimes. Their Safe and Healthy School Program is a project that aims to end LGBTQ bias. I have also been a donor.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

1 csfisher

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.

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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.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored and privileged to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Equality Florida and can very honestly say I am not aware of a nonprofit organization that can accomplish more with fewer resources than Equality Florida (I can only imagine what they can accomplish with more resources!).

Within the focus area of its work Equality Florida is so highly regarded nationally that much of what it does and how it goes about doing it becomes a template for what and how other nonprofit organizations with a similar focus go about their business.

From the top of the organization - beginning with CEO Nadine Smith and Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer - and throughout the rest of the organization, Equality Florida is absolutely top notch: intellectual capital, thought leadership, business strategy, passion, tireless dedication, will power, staying power, heart, organization, attention to detail.

No one does it better. Period.

regards,
Tricia Russell
EQFL, Statewide Board of Directors
VP, Bank of America Global Risk Divison

1 sbruemmer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served on many non profit boards, volunteered thousands of hours, worked for nonprofits as an employee and as a consultant - Equality Florida is the gold standard all the way around! I could not be more proud to support this organization with my time, my energy, my money, or my passion. The important work they do leads to actual accomplishments that improves the lives for so many. I've watched this organization grow from its infancy to what it is today and they have always stayed true to their mission, grown their organizational capacity, accomplished the goals they set for themselves and the community demands of them, and found a way to keep the community energized when tackling some of the most critical and emotionally draining work around to ensure equality and justice for all LGBTQ Floridians.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each and every staff member that I encountered as we worked toward the expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville to include the LGBT citizens of our community was professional, engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate. There are many individuals and organizations who are responsible for the passage of the HRO expansion, and it is evident that Equality Florida played a pivotal role toward that end.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is a non profit that truly cares about people and always does it's best to learn and grow. As a young professional, they have helped to guide me in the field of professional advocacy. They also value their volunteers and always look to help them in any way possible. I was looking for a way to get into professional advocacy after volunteering with Equality Florida. Their field director, Amber, continuiously let me know of opportunities and helped me get to where I am today. I couldn't say enough about this non-profit. They are amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered, and donated to this organization because they have created measurable change over the last 20 years in Florida. Before I get involved with any non-profit, I do my research, and this organization passes my "forensics" with flying colors. Until all LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination and harassment, the work continues. Please donate and volunteer to this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in the mission of this non-profit. About 15 years ago, I had two gay friends who were foster parents to two young boys. These boys had been tossed from foster home to foster home. No one wanted them because they were biracial, had emotional and physical handicaps, and were hard to handle. At the time, the state of Florida would not let these men adopt the children together, only one of them were allowed to adopt the kids. After about a year of living with these two guys (one a teacher, the other a lawyer) these two children thrived! Their lives had completely turned around! Today these two children are grown men. One became a Marine, the other is in college doing great. Now that the adoption laws in Florida allow gay adoption, thanks to Equality Florida, it will save so many children from being lost in the system! Please contribute to this very worthy non-profit. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is a great organization with helpful employees who are thorough and knowledgeable about LGBT conflicts. The Tampa officer was kind enough to speak to my club, the Gay straight alliance, in the high school that I teach. Students were excited about his presentation, and he clearly answered their questions. I enthusiastically look forward to working with him in the near future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida, even though its mission is to support issues related to the LGBT community, the services they offer and the commitment to equal rights for all is a benefit to all people.

2 Dorothy20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not begin to imagine the last two years of my life without Equality Florida. My involvement started simply with my son asking me to sign up for their emails when we attended the first Manatee Pride. I started reading the materials sent to me. Something touched my soul in those emails and it became clear that as a straight ally, I had to become active in the movement to facilitate change. I witnessed the first legal same-sex marriage held on the lawn on the Manatee County Courthouse on January 6th, 2015, knowing Equality Florida was the legal force behind that day becoming a reality. I have volunteered at Pride events across the state to gather signatures to present to politicians to ensure equality in the workplace, housing and public space. June 12, 2016, Equality Florida took on a new role after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando. They became the voice of the LGBTQ heard across the nation and around the world. In an time when hate and vengeance could have been seen as a justified reaction to such a loss, they spoke out unified with a message of love, hope and change. In a time of grief and sorrow, they collectively showed strength and courage. They have put love into action. Since my introduction to the organization, my son has come out as gay. I could not think of better role models for him than the individuals I have met as staff, interns and volunteers at Equality Florida.

Terry98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work of this group is amazing. My experience has been in Broward County where the energy and results are particularly impressive. It's a first class organization with passion and focus.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Equality Florida (EQFL) since June, 2005, when it was 8 years old. At that time, a Hillsborough County Commissioner pushed an extremely discriminatory policy, one I thought to be unconstitutional, through the Commission banning county employees from recognizing any and all activities of Gay Pride Month even during their own, private time. Needless to say, this caused a huge amount of anger in the LGBT community along with all of those of us who stand with our fellow citizens.

EQFL and some other organizations called an emergency town hall to help ease the tensions. This was my introduction, and it was awe-inspiring.

I watched as the wonderfully well-educated, well-spoken, intelligent and thinking CEO of EQFL, Ms. Nadine Smith, heard our rage and desire for revenge of the something like 700 people in attendance that night and still convinced us to channel it toward positive energy, positive steps, the Michelle Obama’s “going high” approach, and gave us group exercises to do right then to bring everyone along so that we all moved forward together. I repeat: awe-inspiring.

Nadine did this, and continues always to do this, as does EQFL, because she knew that the only way really to win a struggle is by the long-term changing of hearts and minds. Revenge might feel good at the moment, but it does dreadful harm to changing hearts and minds; positive interaction might take longer, but it is the only thing that actually works in the end. That’s what EQFL showed this huge group of angry people, and they found a way to become positive and move forward with some terrific ideas.

I became a member that night in 2005 and have been a member ever since.

Over the years, EQFL has grown in size—I’m not sure of the full number of members, but I believe it is now something like a couple hundred thousand, and it started back in 1997 with about 15—in stature, in capability, in knowledge—legal, personal, personnel,technical, and you-name-it—but it has never changed its focus on changing hearts and minds. It has fought against bad bills all over the state, including Tallahassee, and for good bills; it has spoken in front of almost every legislative or county/city board you can name in support of the LGBT adults and children; it has been everywhere 365/24 to do what it can to help make the lives of our fellow citizens better, safer, fairer, and what they should be: equal. During all of this tremendous work, their focus has remained to change hearts and minds.

I’ve been so impressed by all the work and all the growth I’ve seen both in the organization as a whole and in each of the leaders individually. Some I’ve seen start as fairly young, just out of college, grow into mature, capable leaders and speakers ready to take on the future of this country. That’s come from working with EQFL, and our country benefits from it.

Again, I’ve been so impressed by the work, the growth, the people, and the organization as a whole and recommend Equality Florida for as many awards as there are available to it.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida has enabled and empowered my wife and myself to get involved in critical issues facing the Florida LGBT Community (i.e. Marriage , Housing, Employment.) The organizers encourage all Floridians (gay, lesbian, transgender & straight) to feel involved and that each all of our voices are important and will be heard. We have met so many wonderful people through EQ FL events (political and social) that we consider dear friends. The quick response with aid to Pulse victims and their families was amazing in terms of money raised and speed of providing the aid. Thank you Equality Florida (Ro, Nate, & Nadine) for encouraging and providing avenues for so many people to get involved and learn about the past and latest issues, and feel like each one of us can make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida does outstanding work in Broward (where we live) and the entire state of Florida. Their outreach to the Community through hosted evening events provide updates on the political activities underway at the local and State level. The enthusiastic and competitive staff makes this non-profit a 5 star organization in my book!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved since the beginning of this Organization when they organized in Key West. The commitment and drive to provide a safe space for all LGBTQ persons in Florida is evident in everything that EQFL does.
Their team has the utmost leadership abilities and everything they do is transparent and ethical.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the past Chair of EQFL and have been involved in the organization since 1997. This group has done MORE for LGBTQ rights on the statewide level than any other organization in Florida. There is full transparency in everything EQFL does. EQFL is an outstanding organization dedicated to bringing Florida into the 21st Century.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is passionate, compassionate and focused. Their leadership is always forward-thinking and a step ahead. Proud to have been a donor for almost 10 years.

1 Victor14

Board Member

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is leading the fight for equality throughout the state. From marriage equality and family recognition to trans action and workplace equality, EQFL has been and will continue fighting against discrimination whenever and however it presents itself. I am especially thankful for the work their doing to create safe schools for LGBTQ youth. I am also thankful for the support they have provided to victims and their families who were affected by the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at Equality Florida is visionary, capable and competent. They have fought tirelessly since 1997 to protect the rights of LGB&T people and children in Florida in all 67 counties. Nadine & Stratton work well together in concert as they drive the vision forward beyond Marriage Equality. Florida still has much work to be done at the city, county, school district and state level. Their "Equality Means Business" program really inspires me and is a testament to their efforts to make our great state even better.

I cannot endorse Equality Florida enough. I know that my donation always goes to good use and am happy to be a volunteer and supporter.

1 Linda446

Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida took immediate action after the tragic events at Pulse and took a strong stance of advocacy for LGBTQ rights and common sense gun control. Equality Florida served as a bridge between religious faiths, ethnic groups, and and conservative groups to provide education and become a positive change agent for human rights for all. Equality Florida has taken steps towards blocking the passage of anti-LGBT legislation, including the detrimental motion for conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. This is, arguably, one of the most important nonprofits in Florida.

Christopher86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equality Florida is an organization I became acquainted with because of the energy and charisma of individuals within the organization. At first I simply attended the annual gala but as I began to meet more people who shared a special part of themselves with me--I knew this was an organization I would want to spend more time with, and I did. I work in higher education and over the last couple of years we have had guest speakers from the community talk with our students. This year I was so very pleased when I reached out to Equality Florida and pitched the idea of having all of our speakers be from EQFL; that the organization obliged and once again very special people from the organization are sharing a piece of themselves. Except this time these hardworking people are sharing their stories with undergraduates and the college community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to every elected Official in Largo due to a man who had attacked me several times and the only help I had was the Largo police. The next door neighbor and even the HOA of the condo I was renting but discriminated against me after the attack fro the neighbor (2 counts of aggravated assault) he tried to kill me and I almost had to shoot him, The HOA tried to evict me the victim, I went to state Reps to Senators offices I called the Governor the Mayor , the City commsiioner who helped me largo police, I called the FBI as the neighbor would stand on his lawn and scream curse threaten to kill use the "N" word and call me derogatory names. I was being attacked from every which way including flying the Gay flag during the month of June right after the Orlando massacre . Even though there were ZERO rules regarding this. Finally I heard about Equality Florida who listen to my story, let me volunteer in such a crucial time, I had just moved to Florida and didn't know any Gay people and was so alone during this crisis. I went to all the candle light vigils in Tampa thanks to Equality Florida telling me about them I went also to Hillsborough County Commissioners meeting to raise the flag and even spoke before them . Finally I was told by Equality Florida about Pinellas County Human Rights in Clearwater and to go and file charges and than and only than did my story and my pain and suffering change because I filed charged against the HOA and was able to connect the story to my attacker including I won 30 year Injunction against hime as well. Up till than the HOA and my victim were successful in terrorizing me and I moved here not knowing anyone. I had a great weekend volunteering with Equality Florida during the Gay Pride event in St. Petes. I felt alive again and proud to be me. Thank you Equality Florida. I hope I have the opportunity to volunteer again every year. I also volunteer for Suncoast Hospice and St 'Cecilia's as well. Thank you John Bibby

2 Dwan L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a field organizer with the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, my experience working with Equality Florida has been amazing. I first became involved with Eq Fl as a volunteer, helping to raise awareness to the HRO issue in jacksonville. From then on, my experiences with this organization has grown and has been amazing.

2 ambernoel1214

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and intern with Equality Florida and now work full time for them. They truly care about their employees, donors, supporters, volunteers, and partners. One thing I especially like about EQFL is their commitment to transparency! It's easy to see what work we are doing and where our donations are being spent. I feel honored to work for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization, great people! Loved volunteering!

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2 Eileen31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proud to have been involved with this great organization for years. It's fills me with awe that in a few short years our nations restrictions and prejudices and most importantly our laws have become so much more inclusive. Marriage equality is something I've been supporting my whole adult life. As a straight woman, I've been privileged to witness so so many loving unions between my lgbt friends. There's still a lot of work to be done so I will remain involved for as long as necessary!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for several of their events. They work diligently to educate the public to end discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was not familiar with Equality Florida until my then 18 year old son told us he was gay. Looking for resources to help him have a better life, I found Equality Florida. The most accepting, transparent and action taking group in our state. Grateful for the work they do, so that all Floridians have a fair and equal chance !

4 Frank55

Donor

Rating: 5

My spouse and I have been part of and supported Equality Florida since the early 2000s when we moved to Florida. It has been a constant champion of equal rights for LGBTQ people and was instrumental in changing Florida's anti-gay adoption laws and also securing the right to equal access to civil marriage in this state.

5 Ovidio P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Equality Florida in the past for Gay Days of 2014 and I loved my experience volunteering with them. We in fact were signing up people on a petition for marriage Equality here in the state of Florida which we now got. It makes me happy knowing that I was a part of something bigger in life that I played a part in it. That Equality Florida goes above and beyond with the work they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Equality Florida fights for the rights of an historically maltreated population with great vigor and earnestness. They have helped many smaller (and larger) organizations, extending their reach from the Statewide all the way to County, City and neighborhood campaigns. Their reach is not limited to the political realm, as they have helped outreach and counselling organizations as well. Their staff is unfailingly professional and energetic. I am proud to have supported them since I became aware of them. They are highly deserving of any accolades available to them.

6 Robert163

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter, volunteer and donor of Equality Florida. Key West became one of the first cities and Monroe County one of the first counties to pass comprehensive LGBT legislation through the efforts of Equality Florida. Having seen their good works I have joined their Key West Host committee and each year have increased my donations. I believe they do an outstanding job and results are being seen through the state in local protections, marriage equality and adoption rights. The cause, however is not complete, until we can have housing and employment protection extended throughout the state and anti- bullying policies in every school.

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