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Leon County, Florida Ordinance Protects LGBT Workers

This piece if from HRC Field Intern Maggie Campbell: Chalk up one more win for equality! As of today, May 20, LGBT citizens of Leon County, Florida no longer have to worry about being harassed or fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  On May 11, the Leon County Commission voted 5-2 in favor of new protections in the county’s Human Rights Ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. The majority vote was a result of more than a year’s hard work and dedication by Equality Florida and other local activists, including EQFL board member Jim VanRiper, chair of the Human Rights Advisory Committee. Congratulations and thank you to EQFL and all the folks in Leon County who worked to make this a reality!   To help extend these workplace protections to LGBT people nationwide, go to www.passENDAnow.org.

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