Supporting gay pride events has been banned by the Hillsborough County government for several years, but that is about to change. For eight years, the local gay community has been blocked out of official recognition by the commission. Some say the county's policy on LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender events has cost the county conventions and new business. In a meeting, commissioners, led by Ronda Storms, voted 5-to-1 to not support, promote or participate in gay pride events. Overturning the ban will require a supermajority, meaning Beckner will need yes votes from a majority of the commissioners - plus one.
Commissioner Les Miller: 'It is Time to Repeal This Ugly Ordinance'
Commissioner Les Miller: 'It is Time to Repeal This Ugly Ordinance' | Lutz, FL Patch
DP Registries, like the one recently passed in neighboring Pinellas County, allow participants to register their relationships in order to receive a half dozen or so legal protections, including: being notified when a partner has an emergency, gaining access to a partner in the hospital, making medical decisions for a partner who is incapacitated, among other protections. This is the second time in recent years that commissioners have brought disgrace to Hillsborough County. In , Hillsborough gained national notoriety when a majority of commissioners voted in support of a discriminatory countywide ban on the recognition of gay pride. Commissioners must understand that we aren't going away.
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Tampa’s Hillsborough County Repeals Ban on Recognition of Gay Pride in 7-0 Vote
Contact Subscribe. This is an edited version of a posting from the blog World Observations. One minute and forty-four seconds. Eight years ago, that is all the time it took for the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to pass an ordinance that put Tampa in the international spotlight. Back in , a gay-related display in the children's section of a public library prompted former commissioner Rhonda Storm to champion a ban on Gay Pride-related activities.
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