Nadine Smith

Lessons from Florida’s Defense of LGBT Rights

Equality Florida Co-founder and CEO Nadine Smith talks about the challenges facing the movement, and how her state has achieved pro-LGBT wins in a tough climate.

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Nadine Smith is co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In this video, the Florida native recalls growing up gay “in a world where I thought I wasn’t supposed to exist.” Citing widespread concerns across the LGBT movement about the current political environment and the possibility of rights getting scaled back, she said Florida’s experience offers hope and a path forward. Watch the video to find out what it’s taken for Equality Florida and its partners to carve out pro-LGBT wins for more than two decades.

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