The mission of the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC) is to promote business and economic opportunities for the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community. To be an advocate and resource for all member businesses that promote equality. To promote tourism with a unified approach by working with appropriate and related organizations.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
GFLGLCC and Equality Florida Join Forces in Broward County for "Another Business for Equality" Partnership
For Immediate Release THE GFLGLCC ANNOUNCES ANOTHER BUSINESS FOR EQUALITY PARTNERSHIP WITH EQUALITY FLORIDA
On the heels of the huge victory in the Supreme Court last
week, we must all take time to congratulate our community for all of their hard
work and dedication. Everyone made a contribution, but the momentum really
built when our allies and corporate America joined in. Together, we turned the tide and at the end, the majority of Americans were behind us.
The NGLCC – National Gay
and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, along with our chamber and 41 other LGBT
chamber affiliates, Equality Florida and countless other organizations have all worked
hard to make this happen.
In March of this year, the GFLGLCC joined the NGLCC and 379
organizations to become part of the Amicus Brief, which urged the Supreme Court
to support marriage equality on the basis that “Employers are better served by a uniform marriage rule that
gives equal dignity to employee relationships,” reads the brief, filed by
global law firm Morgan Lewis. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves
employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful
administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law treatment.”
Our work isn’t over yet. In Florida and 27 other States, it
is still legal to fire someone because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or
transgender.In addition, we face legal
discrimination in housing and in many cases; we can be refused goods and
services because of who we are. This is obviously unacceptable and must change.
What amazes me is that many people don’t realize this. In recent polls, 80% of
Americans believe that it is illegal to fire someone because they are LGBT.
ENDA, the Employment Non Discrimination Act would provide
basic protections from job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity. It must become law.While
there have been multiple versions, none have been approved by our congress. In
the latest version, passed by the US Senate almost 2 years ago, small business
with less than 15 employees, military and religious organizations were
We need ENDA to become law, without any exceptions. As it
stands now, anyone in America can get married in the morning and if they live
and work in one of the 28 states without protections (Including Florida), they
can be fired that same day. That doesn’t sound very American, does it?We must join together, using the momentum we've gained to ensure that this injustice ends with equality for all.
The GFLGLCC is proud to announce a new partnership with Equality Florida's Another Business For Equality initiative, which spotlights pro-equality businesses that maintain and promote LGBT inclusive nondiscrimination policies and that support local and statewide nondiscrimination laws. By doing so we will improve Florida's reputation as a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and visit. All GFLGLCC members will have the $50 administration fee waived when they participate in the program.
The GFLGLCC is a 501 C (6) Non Profit organization, which promotes business and economic opportunities for the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community. They are an advocate and resource for all member businesses that promote equality with a unified approach by working with appropriate organizations. Additional information can be found at GoGayFortLauderdale.com