My brother saw these same two things in the same day, separated by 17,000 years
Commissioners in Hillsborough County, Florida voted unanimously this week to move forward with a bill protecting LGBT people from discrimination.
An ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was enacted in the county in 1991, but it was repealed in 1995. Trans people have never had legal protection in Hillsborough. The city of Tampa and nearby Pinellas County have both enacted LGBT protections, but Hillsborough County “developed a reputation that Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith termed ‘screechingly homophobic’ for the 1995 repeal and 2005 commission vote to ban county recognition of gay pride events.”
Wednesday’s vote did not make it illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people in Hillsborough in hiring, housing or public accommodations. Commissioners asked the county attorney to write a draft ordinance that would, and two commissioners remained silent on the issue, which will probably not come back for a vote until fall.
But if Republican Commissioners Ken Hagan or Al Higginbotham intend to vote no, they will have to do so in the face of an array of supporters marshaled by Commissioner Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner, who proposed Wednesday’s discussion.
I’ve been having lots of Florida feelings this week, what with the marriage vote in the Keys and now this, in the county where I grew up! I really never thought I’d see the day when Florida started making things better, but it seems we’re on our way.
Firefighters, right now, are protecting Leavenworth, WA. They are posted every 100 yards looking for hot spots that jump the river.
I am a fucking delight, I whisper to no one as I put something witty in the tags.