Equality Florida
June 5, 2013
I just left the Hillsborough County commission chambers. Absolute pandemonium broke out as the commission voted 7-0 to repeal the eight year anti-gay pride ban in Hillsborough County. Commissioner Les Miller earned a standing ovation with his passionate rebuttal of the idea that this was anything but discrimination. He described himself as an African-American who has been eyeball to eyeball with bigotry. Someone who has lost jobs and endured the separate and unequal humiliation of Jim Crow laws. He told of the day he had the ugliest racial slur hurled at him as he wore his Air Force uniform and walked along the street with his daughter.