SFGN’s “Speak OUT” is a weekly feature giving a regular voice to South Florida LGBT leaders.

Name one important LGBT story from 2014 that you’d like to highlight?”

I think the fact that Marriage Equality is spreading like wild fire is THE story of the year! We continue to win.
— Meredith L Ockman, SE Regional Director of NOW; VP Florida NWPC & President of S. Fla Women's Health Foundation

I'd like to remember the Edie Windsor story, how one woman with few connections managed to create the legal case that ultimately overturned DOMA.
— Noah Kitty, Rabbi and Executive Director of Congregation Etz Chaim

 Although the coming out stories of the past year touched me deeply, I was most disturbed by the accelerated campaign of oppression witnessed in the Soviet Union, Egypt, Uganda, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere. The division between the "haves" and the "have nots" includes LGBT people who enjoy enormous freedom and our sisters and brothers who are brutalized and murdered.
— Brian McNaught, noted columnist, author and LGBT activist

It's a non-story, in a way:  after 20 years of proposed versions of ENDA, we still don't have an amendment that protects gay men and lesbians from being fired due to sexual orientation in many states.  Recent interpretations of laws re: gender discrimination may fortunately protect people who are transgender, but that still leaves many of us people who are GLB without protection.  The state of Florida is one where we can be fired for being gay or lesbian. 
— Judy Ireland, Assistant organizer for BLAST Women of WPB

The story of the year for 2014 is Marriage Equality. On Jan 6th, Florida became the 36th State, plus the District of Columbia to allow Gay Marriage. This time last year, there were only 18 States that had legalized Gay Marriage. As we enter 2015, almost 70 percent of LGBT Americans live in a Marriage Equality State."
- Lee Rubin, Blogger and Community Organizer

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