We have seen promise of a more cordial and productive relationship with our current Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission. We believe that making sure all city and county anti-discrimination policies include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression should be our first project as it will have the broadest reach and will set a foundation that all future initiatives can be built upon.
The recent rash of anti-gay bullying has demonstrated more than ever the need for GSA clubs. Until recently, the Escambia County School Board has had policies and/or practices that thwarted all attempts to establish these clubs. Realizing an important opening in their obstructive measures we are now moving forward with enlisting adults who would like to be a sponsor for an individual.
At the University of West Florida, the GSA has changed their name to the Lambda Coalition.
The American Civil Liberties Union is a positive advocate for every LGBT person. They have helped out with same-sex marriage and are already helping with transgender rights. Transgender persons are still victims of negative stereotypes and widespread, violence persists — notably attacks on black and Hispanic transgender women. Another problem is that many transgender people have difficulty getting needed health care.
Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services is simple: To prevent the spread of HIV and support those affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival highlights the artistic contributions both nationally and internationally of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. The unique ability of film to transcend stereotypes and relate to the viewer opens the door to a dialogue about the LGBT experience, building a stronger and more open Pensacola.
TransReality is a non-profit that will attempt to provide monetary funds to transgender people in need of emergency housing, necessary medications, emergency healthcare, and living basics.
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