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Rainbow Wave in Orlando Means House will get a LGBTQ Caucus


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He says such a caucus could push through legislation protecting LGBTQ Floridians’ rights, beginning with reintroducing a measure that died in the Senate last March. Photo: Carlos Guillermo Smith Twitter

Photo: Carlos Guillermo Smith Twitter


Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith says the Florida House now has enough LGBTQ members for a caucus.

He says such a caucus could push through legislation protecting LGBTQ Floridians’ rights, beginning with reintroducing a measure that died in the Senate last March.

“People in employment, accommodations and housing.”

Smith says the caucus also could introduce legislation that would ban gay conversion therapy, strengthen protections for transgender people and bolster anti-bullying programs in schools. Other LGBTQ House members include the newly elected Representative Jennifer Webb and veteran Representative Shevrin Jones.

Victory Fund President Anise Parker says this kind of representation is crucial.

“This was a wave everywhere in America. More women, more candidates of color, more LGBTQ candidates who see what is possible. The more our candidates run and win the more people who consider running for office as a violable option.”

She says Victory Fund endorsed almost 300 LGBTQ candidates throughout the country this year.

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