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500 Jacksonville Employers Call for Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBT People June 21, 2016


June 21, 2016

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JACKSONVILLE, FL — The Jacksonville Coalition for Equality reached a milestone today as the 500th business signed on in support of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance would update the city’s existing non-discrimination laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“The amount of support that we have received from business and nonprofit leaders has been nothing short of amazing,” Dan Merkan, Chairman of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, said.  “This has been a trying time for the LGBT community, and it’s encouraging to know that there are so many people in Jacksonville who truly believe that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be treated equally under the law.”

The Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance would make it illegal to deny anyone employment, housing or public services based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We are proud to be one of the 500 businesses to sign on in support of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people here in Jacksonville,” said Jason Pratt, co-founder, Pratt Guys. “Treating everyone with dignity and respect is what this is about. By supporting this effort, we are not only showing the world that Jacksonville is a great place to do business, but that we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone is treated equally. The right person for the job is the best person for the job, no matter what their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression may happen to be.”

Businesses, non-profits and individuals who would like to join the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality are encouraged to visit