Equality Florida is a statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to building astate of equal rights for all Floridians inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
, 2013Statement From Equality Florida Deputy Director, Stratton Pollitzer, to the North Miami CityCommission
As a resident of North Miami I could not remain silent as my city chooses togive its seal of approval to a man who makes life more dangerous for me andmy family and all gay people in this city.As a human rights activist, I am appalled that North Miami would provide aplatform for someone who consistently dehumanizes gay people.This is a man who calls gay people negative and degenerative. Who equates usto pedophiles, calls his critics the "gay mafia" and says my husband and I alongwith all gay couples are "inherent evil".This is the voice North Miami has chosen to amplify? It is outrageous to anyonewho believes in equality and fairness. I live walking distance from this pressconference. By your vote, my taxes are being used to legitimize and assistsomeone who spouts his contempt for gay people openly and frequently.While the 1st amendment gives each of us the right to speak our minds it doesnot compel the city to give hatred a megaphone and legitimize that voice.On behalf of Equality Florida I'm here to call on city council to rescind theinvitation, stop this event from expanding the audience for divisive and hatefulremarks. Live up to the values espoused in our charter and in our policies.Do not amplify the voice of someone who attacks the LGBT community. Bigotry,even when it is cloaked in religious rhetoric is still bigotry.
Stratton PollitzerDeputy Director, Equality Florida954-682-6094 Cell
PO Box 13184St. Petersburg, FL 33733(813) 870-3735