The Florida Commission on Human Rights (FCHR) has issued a ruling, which was introduced by former SAVE Board Member Monica Cepero, to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination. The FCHR will begin to investigate complaints about sex-based discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations that includes gender identity and sexual orientation. This huge news comes after President Biden issued an Executive Order in January directing the federal government to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation under Title VII. You can read FCHR’s full notice here.
While this is great news and offers immediate pathways for victims of discrimination to lodge complaints, we know that the battle is not over. Unfortunately, Executive Orders can be easily overturned by future administrations. To ensure LGBTQ people are permanently protected from discrimination we need to codify them into Florida law by passing a statewide non-discrimination policy that includes protections for the LGBTQ community. In 2021 and beyond, here at SAVE we will not rest until we achieve full equality. But we need your support to do it. From now until April, all donations made to SAVE through the AIDS Healthcare Foundations Florida AIDS Walk will be DOUBLED. Chip in today to keep the momentum going. Double your gift today at www.save.lgbt/faw.