Representatives from the Equality Florida Institute are spending about eight weeks in Southwest Florida to help build a solid base to work for an end to discrimination on a local and statewide level.

The group is organizing a local Weekend of Action for May 6 and 7. They are looking for volunteers to help spread the word, canvas the area and help organize efforts locally.

Volunteers and Equality Florida representatives will meet at 11 a.m. on May 6 and 7 at 3859 Beacon Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907. Organizers and volunteers will meet and then go out in groups to meet with people and discuss current laws concerning the LGBTQ community. Volunteers can commit as much time as they would like.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Kevin Correa at 941-759-3442 or kevincorr34@gmail.com or Evelyn Brogden at 386-546-4276 or brogdenes@gmail.com.

For the last 20 years the Equality Florida Institute has worked toward ending statewide discriminatory practices against the LGBTQ community. In the next month, the organization will continue implementing the “Common Ground Project” in the Fort Myers area.

“We will primarily focus on raising awareness about critical issues affecting the LGBTQ community on a local and state level,” said Kevin Correa, Equality Florida Field Organizer. “Not only will our project be integral in garnering support for upcoming measures in the Florida Legislature that seek to implement statewide anti-discrimination policies for gay and transgender individuals, but more importantly it can lay the groundwork for passing a local human rights ordinance here in Lee County.”

Now, more than ever, is a critical time for our community to come together and ensure everyone is afforded equal protection under the law.

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