In much of Florida, LGBT people live without basic civil rights protections, and can and do lose their jobs, housing, or can be refused service in public accommodations based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.  And across much of Florida, including here in Manatee County, that kind of discrimination remains perfectly legal.

The Manatee LGBTA Democratic Caucus is a leading sponsor of the Manatee HRO Committee, a non-partisan effort working to enact a human rights ordinance (HRO) that would provide basic civil rights anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations for all of Manatee County based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, or veteran status.