Right now, there is no Florida state law or local law in Jacksonville that protects individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. That means hardworking LGBT people in Jacksonville can be fired from a job or be denied housing or basic services because of who they are or who they love.
But together, we’re working to change that. On February 14th, the Jacksonville City Council is expected to vote on whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to our existing Human Rights Ordinance. That would ensure that no LGBT person who lives in, works in, or visits Jacksonville can be discriminated against in housing or employment, or refused service at a local business.
We believe all people in our community should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families, regardless of who they are or who they love. If you agree, join us by signing our pledge urging members of the City Council to pass this much-needed ordinance:
We, the undersigned, believe that everyone deserves to live and work in their community free from the threat of discrimination, regardless of who they are or who they love. We’re calling on members of the Jacksonville City Council to support updates to our local Human Rights Ordinance that would protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Already, 33 towns, cities and counties in Florida have local ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination; let’s make Jacksonville number 34.