LGBTQ+ Democrats Thank Jacksonville for Passing HRO


JACKSONVILLE, FL – Today the Jacksonville City Council passed an ordinance that reinstates protections for LGBTQ residents in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The legislation passed on a 15-4 vote.

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the ordinance passing:

“The Jacksonville City Council reaffirmed the principle that every resident should be treated equally and with respect, regardless of who they are or who they love. Without state or federal protections in place, local laws like the one passed today are critical. Jacksonville’s vibrant LGBTQ community can now go about their daily lives without fear of discrimination. We thank the Council for supporting equality.”

Jacksonville resident and Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Communications Director Phil Perry reacted to the news:

“No one should ever be fired from their job or denied housing because of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. I’m grateful the City Council said yes to equality and no to discrimination. As we observe Pride Month, let’s also celebrate that Jacksonville is a welcoming community.”

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