Building Momentum in South Florida!
Human Rights Organizations Press to Permanently Protect
Miami-Dade Residents from the Discriminatory "Transsexual" Ordinance
Call on ordinance sponsors to sign CFC Anti-Discrimination Challenge
and make sure the "Transsexual" ordinance never returns!
MIAMI, FL -Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premiere human rights and social justice advocacy organization, plus seventeen (17) other prominent civil and human rights organizations held a press conference at Miami-Dade County Hall to make permanent the discriminatory "Transsexual" ordinance's defeat.
Sponsored by Commissioners Audrey Edmonson and Bruno Barreiro, the "Transsexual" ordinance would allow men dressed up as women or pretending to be women to use women's bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and showers. Furthermore, in the area of employment, it would legalize the firing of anyone disagreeing with this policy simply because of who they are and what they believe.
"We must make sure that this discriminatory 'Transsexual' ordinance never returns," said Nathaniel J. Wilcox, director of PULSE, People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, a highly respected South Florida civil rights organization.
Even though the ordinance was never approved, it claimed its first victim when Commission Vice-Chair Lynda Bellwas threatened and dehumanized by the extremists pushing the ordinance.
"I am truly grateful to Miami-Dade Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell for doing her duty as a public servant and voting against a proposed ordinance on its first reading," Teresita "Tessie" Miglio said at Monday's press conference. "Unfortunately, she became a victim of discrimination and hate by the very group that was trying to force this discriminatory law on every Miami-Dade County resident. Commissioner Bell, please know that there are numerous human rights organizations that proudly stand by you."
"Today, we are calling on Commissioners, Edmonson, Barreiro, Jordan and Heyman to sign the CFC Anti-Discrimination Challenge to make sure this discriminatory ordinance never returns to Miami-Dade County," stated Anthon Verdugo, CFC Founder and Executive Director.
The "transsexual" proposal, passed 11-1 on first reading. Commission Vice Chairwoman Lynda Bell casting the lone vote against it. The proposal then went to the commission’s Health and Social Services Committee, comprised of chairwoman Edmonson, Bell, Commissioners Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Jean Monestime and Javier D. Souto.
After intense lobbying by the CFC and a broad coalition of human rights organizations, ordinance co-sponsors withdrew it on Aug. 13, when they realized they did not have the votes to pass it in committee.
Now, Miami-Dade residents and human rights activists are asking all four ordinance sponsors to lead by example by signing the NO to Discrimination Challenge.
Read more in article: