The group fighting the repeal of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents in Gainesville, Florida has taken their cause to the web! Equality is Gainesville's Business has launched a website: http://equalitygainesville.com.
Our readers have been following this case since we first posted about it here on Bilerico. In January, commissioners voted to include the phrase "gender identity" in the anti-discrimination ordinance that guarantees equal access to housing, employment, public accommodation and credit. The rightwing group, Citizens for Good Public Policy, then launched a disturbing campaign to repeal the protection clause in Gainesville, Florida.
The group launched a fear-mongering campaign which seeks to repeal not only the gender identity protections but sexual orientation by linking the city's human rights law to the protections offered by the state. Florida state law does not include either gender identity or sexual orientation in the categories that are protected. Citizens for Good Public Policy said that the main concern is the use of restrooms by transpeople in restaurants and other places, which will "allow sexual predators into public restrooms." They even created a disturbing commercial that rightfully got all of our Projectors up in arms.
Well now we can all get involved. The LGBT community in Gainesville needs our help. Please go to their website and make a donation to help them in this tough battle to keep the much-needed protections for our community!
Cross-posted at Bilerico-Florida.