Equality Florida's Pinellas County Reception
Intro: Last night Equality Florida, based in St. Petersburg, held a fundraiser reception at the Historic Rutland Estate. Speakers included Executive Director Nadine Smith and Susan Stanton, former Largo City Manager. Brandon Martin reports.
Members of Equality Florida were able to relax last night as they and potential donors rehashed recent events affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida was especially involved in protesting the firing of Steve Stanton in March and organized vigils statewide for the murder of Ryan Skipper, a murder seen as a homophobic hate crime. Everyone present also looked forward to future endeavors for the LGBT community, including overturning the current ban against gays and lesbians to adopt.
Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, spoke to WMNF about those endeavors.
Equality Florida was created ten years ago as part educational organization and part political action and advocacy force. They seek to prevent the creation of anti-LGBT legislation, to hold purported pro-gay lawmakers to their word, and to promote legislation that is fair for all.
Jim Harper, a board member of Equality Florida, gave an example of why they exist.
In talking with WMNF, Nadine Smith spoke about her arrest for handing out flyers at the first Steve Stanton hearing and for allegedly "resisting arrest".
In her speech she mentioned Charles Deppish, who she jokingly said, "got her arrested."
Later on former Largo City Manager Susan Stanton gave an impromptu speech about the past three months, which includes her current transition from male to female. She also spoke about workplace discrimination that occurs all over the country and yet goes unrecognized.
Stanton told WMNF that her time off from work has not been restful.
She also spoke about the media's handling of her situation
and her recent consideration for city manager of Sarasota.
For WMNF, this is Brandon Martin.
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