Column: Equality Florida’s Top Stories of 2014

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  1. Moving Closer to Marriage Equality

    35 states now have same-sex marriage, and five Florida judges have declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
  2. Greater Protections For the LGBT Community

    As more municipalities throughout Florida have enacted legislation adding protections for LGBT residents and employees, 50 percent of the state now have gender identity protections, and 53 percent are covered by sexual orientation protections (Source: LGBTmaps.org)
  3. Growing Support From the Business Community

    2014 marked a sharp increase in the number of companies supporting the Florida Competitive Workforce Act and the launch of Florida Business Coalition for Competitive Workforce, expanding the number of Florida’s largest employers supporting FCWA. There is also increased bipartisan support for FCWA, with 10 republicans signing on in the 2014 legislative session and a lead republican sponsor heading into the 2015 legislative session.
  4. Protections at the Federal level

    Specifically, President Obama’s executive order, mandating LGBT protections for federal contract employees. This is the first time since the 1970s that the federal government has expanded the definition of protected groups for federal contractors. One-quarter of the American workforce works for a company that seeks out federal contracts.
  5. Trans Visibility

    With increased awareness and protections based on gender identity and expression, and Equality Florida’s launch of TransAction Florida. This is evidenced by the cover stories on Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, the groundbreaking TV series Transparent and our own Jazz Jennings making national headlines and being named one of Time Magazine’s most influential teens of 2014.

 


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