More equality for Broward, NGLCC honors U.S. Secretary of Labor and Wells Fargo

Broward Commission Passes Rights Benefits

Just as we go to press, the Broward County Commission is passing an ordinance, which will become Florida’s first countywide Equal Benefits Ordinance (EBO). The impact of the measure is that it will require the county’s vendors to provide employees’ domestic partners with benefits equal to those offered to spouses of married employees.

The ordinance places Broward County’s domestic partnership policies among the strongest in the country.  In recent years EBOs have been adopted as a state law in California.  The ordinance was introduced by Mayor Sue Gunzburger and was co-sponsored by all members of the commission.

Speaking of laws, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers’ Network has added to its Executive Board Monica Salis, a well-respected Family Law attorney practicing in Wilton Manors. An intriguing talk last Thursday to the group on ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ by Michael Kasten, on ways to deal with stress, other than by yelling and screaming, which is so much more satisfying, right?

We want to welcome a local neighbor as an advertiser. Lipton Toyota is not only the first place I ever bought a car in South Florida 30 years ago, they are a great community oriented business as well. I have seen firsthand their participation in the American Cancer Society and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Their dealership, located just west of I-95, on Oakland Park Boulevard, also sells the popular Scion brand.

National Notes

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will honor the work of U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis with the NGLCC/American Airlines ExtrAA Mile Award for her tireless commitment to promoting equal employment laws for LGBT people at their annual conference on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Secretary Solis, NGLCC will honor Wells Fargo and Company with its Pinnacle Award and Ernst & Young as the ‘corporation of the Year.’  The event brings together more than 900 LGBT entrepreneurs, business owners; affiliate leaders, and corporate allies from around the globe, including representatives from Fortune 500 companies.