LGBT

A bill to protect Floridians from discrimination based on their sexual preference or gender identity is making its way through the state legislature.  

It’s not the first time the Competitive Workforce Act has been proposed, but it is the first time the issue has seen bi-partisan support: a coalition of more than 450 businesses support the measure, alongside 36 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors, including Fort Myers’ Republican Rep. Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen and Sarasota Republican Reps. Alex Miller and Joe Gruters.

Florida lawmakers want to add protections in state law for the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community. 

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The Cape Coral City Council unanimously voted to add protections for LGBT city employees to existing anti-discrimination policies last week, making Cape Coral the first municipality in Lee County with such protections.

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Cape Coral City Council members have approved an ordinance adding anti-discrimination protections for LGBT city employees.  Cape Coral is the first municipality in Lee County to provide such protections.

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Hundreds of cases of human trafficking are reported in Florida every year, and a new report from 2016 shows the number of human trafficking cases in the state doubled in the last year.

The vast majority of trafficked persons in Florida are young women, and sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking in the state, according to a report from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families.

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