Without a non-discrimination law, LGBT Floridians are vulnerable to being denied healthcare, credit and more.

That’s why the Florida Chambers are calling for the senators to take action to protect LGBT people.

The Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations throughout Florida released a letter urging Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to work on an LGBT non-discrimination law.

“It’s essential to our state economy that all employees, customers, and visitors — and their families — feel safe and welcome in Florida,” the letter reads. “Non-discrimination protections ensure those basic freedoms to earn a living, rent or own a home, and participate fully in the community. LGBTQ people currently do not have these express, enduring, comprehensive non-discrimination protections nationwide, and continue to lack clarity and consistency here in Florida.”

They are not the only ones calling for action. More than 20 major Florida businesses and employers released a letter of their own to make Congress support the passage of the Equality Act.

“Our economy suffers when all employees, customers, and visitors don’t feel safe and welcome in Florida,” said South Tampa Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Flannery, according to a press release. “Including LGBTQ people in our nation’s nondiscrimination protections would deliver real value to local, state and national economies. A federal law would add to Florida’s competitiveness for corporate investment and tourism.”

Research from the U.S. Foundation of Chambers shows that non-discrimination laws boost productivity and reduce employee turnover, and companies that embrace LGBTQ inclusion attract the best talent.

“Businesses benefit from clarity and stability,” Florida Chambers writes. “Dozens of Florida cities have passed their own local non-discrimination ordinances, but we need to put the entire state and country on the same page.”

Recent polling from PRRI finds that 82% of Americans favor laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing (including 67% of Republicans).


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