6/2/2023 Foundry Giving Friday: Equality Florida

6/2/2023 Foundry Giving Friday: Equality Florida

Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods contributes 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. In honor of Pride Month, all of our Foundry Giving Friday recipients for the month of June will be honoring the good work of LGBTQIA+ focused organizations... next up: Equality Florida.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

Formed in 1997, Equality Florida's strong presence in the Capitol since their founding over 25 years ago has allowed them to defeat or neutralize dozens of anti-LGBTQ bills since 1997. These bills included efforts to: overturn all local anti-discrimination policies, repeal all safe schools policies, expand Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban, and prohibit domestic partnership benefits and protections.

Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, Equality Florida is working to change Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Despite the presence of 225 Equality Florida volunteers standing in protest on the steps of the Capitol during this year's March-May legislative session, six anti-LGBTQ bills were passed and nearly all have been signed into law. In the wake of Florida’s most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in history, Equality Florida stands steadfast on the frontlines, resolute in their commitment to create an inclusive and secure Florida that embraces and safeguards the rights of all residents. As Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director says: "If you come to Florida, join us in this fight. If you decide to leave or avoid the state, don't abandon this fight. Florida is the frontline but this is a national battle for freedom."

If you don't need anything from us, please consider donating directly to Equality Florida here. If you do find yourself in need of anything from us know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.

Thanks to Scott for the nomination!

If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.



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