Equality Florida launched TransAction Florida, a statewide initiative created to increase awareness of and to educate and promote complete equality for the transgender community, in December of 2014.

The launch of the initiative was announced soon after Miami-Dade County added gender identity or expression to their Human Rights Ordinance (HRO). The update to the HRO created a tipping point, and now just over 50% of Florida's population are currently protected from gender identity and expression discrimination via local policies. The launch also came at a time when a statewide bill was introduced in Tallahassee that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the state’s nondiscrimination law.

“This is an important moment for the transgender community, one that has been too often the silent T in the LGBT movement,” said Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director. “This project reflects Equality Florida’s longstanding commitment to trans inclusion, and it recognizes the need for visible trans leadership at the forefront of this work.”

TransAction Florida’s goals include:

  • Develop transgender leadership across the state.
  • Educate lawmakers to help pass gender identity inclusive local and statewide equality legislation.
  • Provide resources on transgender issues in the workplace and in the classroom.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the transgender community through statewide advocacy, events and visibility.
  • Develop a statewide Transgender Resource Guide.

The program evolved from Equality Florida’s partnership with TransAction Florida, an organization founded in the Tampa Bay area by Michael Keeffe from its predecessor called FORGE.

The group’s board voted to join with Equality Florida, and the project is now guided by the TransAction Florida Advisory Board, comprised of influential transgender leaders from all parts of the state. These individuals are highly respected for their commitment to creating safe and inclusive communities for all transgender residents and are strong voices for social change. TransAction will work to advance our emerging community in the areas of education, advocacy and public policy so that all Floridians are treated fairly.