Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist
Community advocates in Jacksonville, Florida, have created a straight ally ad campaign to raise awareness and encourage support of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s existing Human Rights Ordinance.
In August 2012, after months of hard work by the Jacksonville Committee for Equality, the Jacksonville City Council voted down a bill that would have added these fully-inclusive LGBT protections.
Advocates Chevara Orrin, Dan Bagan and Laura Riggs have spearheaded the new Straight Ally campaign, which has drawn together a diverse group of Jacksonville’s citizens from the education, faith, arts, military, sports, and corporate sectors.
Under the tagline, “We Are Straight Allies…because nothing is more important than our humanity,” members of the Jacksonville community are sharing why promoting LGBT equality is so important for their families, friends, coworkers and neighbors.
Together with the Jacksonville Committee for Equality and Equality Florida, HRC held phone banks and consulted on language and strategy to pass a fully-inclusive ordinance this summer, and we remain committed to working with these groups as the conversation continues in the coming months.