Florida SBDC conducts study on the impact of COVID-19

2020 has been a turbulent year. From illness and natural disasters to unemployment and economic instability. Everyone has experienced loss and hardship, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will have a longstanding impact.

To read more, go to: http://floridasbdc.org/covidstories/

Virtual Town Hall Series, TransChat, continues important dialogue

Last week, we continued the conversation about the transgender experience in our virtual town hall series, TransChat. The conversation took us across the state as we heard from transgender and nonbinary community leaders discussing challenges, victories, and their own inspirational personal stories! Check out the full segments below and stay tuned for future installments! The Trans-Masculine Experience

U.S. Supreme Court Makes Major Decision on LGBTQ Civil Rights

You can read the full opinion at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf

Statement on today’s ruling by Equality Florida’s Executive Director, Nadine Smith:

‘In the clearest language possible, the U.S Supreme Court has affirmed that discrimination against LGBTQ people is sex discrimination. It is time for Florida to make explicit in our state statutes what the highest court in the land has said is already the law.

LGBTQ Organizations Unite in Calling for Transformational Change in Policing

Black people have been killed, Black people are dying at the hands of police, our country is in crisis, and we all need to take action. We cannot sit on the sidelines, we cannot acquiesce, and we cannot assign responsibility to others. We, as leaders in the LGBTQ movement, must rise up and call for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities, and for long-term transformational change. Now is the time to take action, and this letter amplifies our strong calls for urgent and immediate action to be taken.

Celebrate Juneteenth By Supporting Black Trans-Led Organizations

Today we recognize Juneteenth - a celebration marking the day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free, two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth traditions focus on celebrating Black lives through music, art, history, food, and family gatherings. It’s a time to connect and uplift one another through community.