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A Naples group of "parents, friends, and family" of LGBT community members is celebrating a decade of promoting equality with an interfaith convocation on May 7, aiming to promote acceptance through sharing religious traditions and rituals.

John Davis, WGCU

Members of Southwest Florida’s LGBTQ community and LGBT-friendly business owners celebrated a ribbon cutting Thursday evening for the region’s newest business networking organization: The Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber was created to promote networking within the region’s LGBT friendly businesses and to promote economic opportunities for chamber members.

Chamber members also aim to promote Southwest Florida as an LGBT-welcoming tourist destination.

Performance artist Tim Miller has made a career of mixing one-man performances with activism. The internationally-renowned writer and performer says he combines his work and social values to ask, "what do we want to see our country provide?"

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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