LGBT Equality

Courtesy of Visuality, Inc.

Lee County Commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of an updated anti-workplace discrimination policy for county employees.  Despite months of lobbying from advocates, the new policy does not include explicit protections for LGBTQ workers. 

Courtesy of Arlene Goldberg

For the past several months, staff have been working to update Lee County’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.  A local activist who got an early look at the proposal says it still leaves LGBT employees vulnerable to discrimination. 

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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.

Photo: WGCU file

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.

Jessica Meszaros, WGCU-FM

The Laboratory Theater of Florida ends it’s run of the 2014 Tony-nominated Broadway play “Mothers and Sons,” by Terrence McNally, this weekend.  The production tells the story of a woman who visits her late son’s former partner. Her son died from AIDS decades ago. The play’s broader themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are universal, but the backdrop of the fight for LGBT acceptance and the AIDS crisis hit close to home in Florida which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks number one in the nation when it comes to new rates of HIV infection.  Local experts led an interactive audience ‘talk back’ after the Jan. 12 performance.


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