Currently, there are no legally guaranteed protections for victims of hate crimes based on gender identity or expression in the state of Florida, leaving a large portion of the LGBT community unprotected.
The conversations and work being done on the ground in Jacksonville today will help inform and build GLAAD's partnership with local leaders and advocacy organizations to accelerate acceptance across Florida and the U.S. South as a whole.
Out of respect for the tragedy and in order to keep our resources focused on supporting victims, survivors, families and the organizations supporting them, GLAAD is postponing our previously scheduled Southern Stories Summer Tour of Florida.
In response to the recent tragedy in Orlando, new and existing services have emerged in an effort to help victims, survivors, and their families who have been directly impacted by the mass shooting.
"Having a gun pointed at you is an awful experience. Praying you will make it. Fearing you will not see your loved ones again. Knowing this is it, you are going to die."
Today, GLAAD announced its second Southern Stories Summer Tour, a summer-long campaign aimed at accelerating LGBT acceptance across the U.S. South. We invite you to get on board.
On Tuesday morning, India Clarke, a 25 year old Black trans woman, was found murdered outside a community center in Tampa, Florida.
GLAAD embarked on the Southern Stories Summer Tour on June 12th, traveling through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, F