Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis said he will attend the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast next week.
“It’s important that I attend this event,” Trantalis told SFGN in a telephone conversation.
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, now in its 55th year, is April 28 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. One of the scheduled speakers is Jim Daly, Chief Executive Officer of the conservative Christian policy institute Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family has a documented history of anti-LGBT positions. Daly is the author of a new book titled “Marriage Done Right: One Man, One Woman.”
Daly’s presence at the prayer breakfast has sparked outrage from local LGBT activists. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler maintains he had no hand in organizing the event.
Trantalis, Fort Lauderdale’s Vice Mayor, is openly gay. He has served three terms on the city commission, representing district two, and has attended past prayer breakfasts.
“Some people even bristled when I entered the room,” Trantalis recalled.
Trantalis is well aware of Focus on the Family’s history. As a community leader, he said he stands ready to confront opposing views instead of protesting or skipping the event all together.
“This is our home,” Trantalis said. “I’m going to hear what he (Daly) has to say. It’s amazing that in this day and age there are still people that espouse anti-gay hate and discrimination continues to rear its ugly head. We still have work cut out for us.”