Equality Florida Announces Summer Intern Cohort
Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, hires a dynamic cohort of interns for the 2021 Summer term. The internship program includes various cities, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and languages.
"With the LGBTQ intolerance coming from Tallahassee, Equality Florida’s commitment to investing in the future of Florida’s LGBTQ movement is more vital now than ever. With this team, we will be able to meet LGBTQ Floridians where they are,” said Equality Florida Field Director Wes Davis. “This team is the heart of the foundation that will build long-term, sustainable infrastructure to ensure full equality for LGBTQ Floridians.”
This cohort is working on a variety of projects, such as engaging digital supporters, educating the community on trans rights at Pride events, ensuring comprehensive LGBTQ guidelines in school districts, and researching legislative issues.
Logan Libretti, they/him
Logan is a third year student at the University of Central Florida studying Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. They have worked with trailblazing progressives such as Stacey Abrams and Anna Eskamani, and are honored to continue serving Equality Florida this semester.
Field & Advocacy
Brenno Da Mota, he/him
Brenno was born in Brazil, immigrated to the U.S. in 1998, and is proud to call America home. He is currently studying computer programming at University of the People. He loves to engage with the community around him and help amplify voices that usually aren’t heard, especially with immigration issues!
Cheyenne Smith, she/hers
Cheyenne was born in Illinois, raised in South Florida, and is now living in Jacksonville. Cheyenne obtained her degree in psychology with a minor in leadership at the University of North Florida. During her time at UNF, Cheyenne was the Vice President of Pride Club, the lead organizer of queer prom, and an honorable UNF Presidential Envoy. She is also the secretary of JASMYN Jax's Youth Advisory Board and received the Youth Voice for Equality Award at the 2021 Jacksonville Gala. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her kittens, learning new songs on her six different instruments, skateboarding, and enjoying time with her partner.
Dianelda Pulido, she/her
Dianelda is a third-year student at the University of Florida double-majoring in Women’s Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Dianelda aspires to pursue a career in law, with a focus on international law. Through this, she hopes to establish representation as a Latina in the law industry and provide support to the Latinx community.
Halle Mayne, she/her
Halle is a master's student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Florida Atlantic University. Her interests are in feminist intersectionality, gender and race discourse, LGBTQ+ and disability advocacy, and social justice.
Joseph Parr, he/him
Joseph is an Organ Performance Major and Political Science Minor in the Honors Program at Stetson University. He is the Assistant Station Manager of Stetson’s student radio station WHAT Radio, the President of the Stetson College Democrats, and a Program Lead for the Peer Advisory Council on Title IX (PACT). He hosts a podcast called 2024: The Class of Activism that brings on activists, experts, and politicians to discuss various political issues and how to build political power.
Samantha Stockley, she/her
Samantha (a.k.a Sami) is a bisexual, trans female originally from England, but now calls sunny Orlando her home. She is an Executive Board Member at SPEKTRUM Health and also volunteered at LGBTQ+ organizations, such as Trans LifeLine providing support and assistance to her community whenever she can. She continues being an active advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, representing these communities in the workplace and public spheres through educational presentations and representation. She’s honored to be part of this organization and is excited to continue playing her part in the fight for equality!
Taylor Aronson, she/her
Taylor is a political science student at Texas State University who is honored to spend time this summer connecting with her community of LGBTQ Floridians. In addition to her political and activism work, she studies musical theatre. This internship has allowed her the opportunity to put her diverse communication skills to great use.
Kevonte Ford, they/them
Kevonte is pursuing their Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political Science at the illustrious Florida State University. In addition to being a public policy intern, they also serve as an Equality Captain with Equality Florida. They aspire to practice law and support legislation to promote the overall well-being of the LGBTQ community as well as others who are underrepresented in American government.
Safe & Healthy Schools
Isaac Salazar, He/Him/Él
Isaac Salazar is a first-generation college student double majoring in Psychology and English at the University of Central Florida, as well as a proud Latinx Trans Male. Ever since moving to Orlando in 2017, Isaac became an active student leader at UCF working closely with the office of Social Justice and Advocacy to make the campus a more inclusive and equitable place for all students. Now, he serves as the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Zebra Coalition, an Orlando based non-profit working with LGBTQ+ youth. In his free time, he enjoys reading, (re)watching TV shows, and playing with his cat Karma!
Charles Suor, he/him
Charlie is a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with concentrations in History and Women’s & Gender Studies as well as a minor in Queer Studies. His passion is educating others on the LGBTQ+ community’s history with his goal being to become a professor and historian. In his free time, you can catch him listening to Taylor Swift or watching RuPaul’s Drag Race (his favorite queen being Gottmik).