The Orange County School Board is set to vote on Dec. 11 on whether to update its nondiscrimination policy for teachers to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Local LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida is encouraging people to contact board members and urge them to pass the LGBT workplace rights.
“OCPS should update this policy right away, not only because it’s the right thing to do but also because it’s the best thing they can do to attract the best and brightest teachers and staff to our school district,” wrote Michael Farmer, Equality Florida statewide field coordinator.
“Our students deserve teachers and staff who can can bring 100% of themselves to work without fear of discrimination and everyone deserves the security of knowing that they won’t be fired from their jobs just because of who they are.”
Orange County encompasses Orlando and other parts of Central Florida.
Last year the county joined the list of Florida municipalities to extend same-sex benefits to workers' partners.
From Equality Florida:
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Show up and show your support for OCPS teachers and staff. Join our team along with your friends and neighbors for the vote at the Orange County School Board on Tuesday, December 11th. Arrive by 5:00 p.m. to sign up to speak during the public discussion period that begins at 5:30 p.m.Wear your best red shirt to show the school board that Orange County residents support the protection of ALL our teachers and staff.