One year ago local LGBT rights activist Michael Rajner caused a furor when he posted on social media that “homophobia is alive and well on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.”
Rajner’s beef? He accused then Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidates Bruce Roberts and Dean Trantalis of not supporting a non-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT residents.
“Fort Lauderdale Commissioners and mayoral candidates Bruce Roberts and Dean Trantalis have lied and broken their promise to bring forward an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance,” Rajner posted on Twitter last February.
One year later and it doesn’t appear any movement has been made on an ordinance.
“I just had hoped there had been a will for the city to move forward on something,” Rajner said. “I am disappointed.”
At the time Trantalis, who is now the gay mayor of Fort Lauderdale, said he did not support an ordinance at the city level because there was already a similar one in place on the county level. However three major LGBT rights groups, SAVE, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, and Equality Florida supported enacting a city ordinance as well.
Then commission candidate Steve Glassman also supported an ordinance. Glassman, who is also gay, now represents District 2.
“Yes, I still support that. I will need to find out from the City Manager why this has not moved forward,” he said.
Fort Lauderdale may not have moved forward with the non-discrimination ordinance but they did enact an Equal Benefits Ordinance late last year that passed unanimously. That ordinance states that any vendor that provides healthcare benefits to its employees and has a contract with the city over a $100,000, must provide those same benefits to domestic partners or a cash equivalent.
Rajner said he worked closely with Vice Mayor Ben Sorensenon the ordinance.