FLORIDA

I. Background:

Florida has no "sodomy law," per se; rather, it has a lewd and lascivious law that is often applied to gay sex in public places. It just got its firstly out gay mayor in Feb. 1996.

The State Legislatureís Home Page is

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/

There you may follow a billís progress and find your legislatorís address, fax number and email address if s/he has one. The list of Senatorsí email addresses is at

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/senate/members/email.html

and House membersí email addresses are at

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/house/members/email.html

The Governorís Home Page is

http://fcn.state.fl.us/eog/

II. Education Specific Information:

N.B. FLORIDA IS ONE OF THE STATES WHICH DID NOT REPLY TO ANY OF OUR MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION. The State Board of Education governs only k-12 education, with two separate governing bodies for Florida's community colleges and state universities.

IN 1992, FLORIDA ADDED SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO THE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S CODE OF ETHICS ("PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE")! Yet, in most jurisdictions, little or nothing is being done by administrators to implement this policy, which prohibits discrimination by teachers and students against STUDENTS. This policy is a VERY powerful tool which could be used to advocate for inclusive curricula.

You may locate any school or school district in your state by going to the following search engine:

American School Directory

http://www.asd.com/

Florida maintains a terrific web site chock full of information. USE IT!

FLORIDA DEPT OF ED HOME PAGE

http://www.firn.edu/doe/doehome.htm

AN EXTENSIVE LISTS OF FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS CAN ALSO BE OBTAINEDAT THE WEB SITE.

The associations listed in this section are organizations not affiliated with the Department of Education, but whose activities are related to the field of education and may have members who are employees of the department. These groups MAY be allies or may contain allies...they certainly should be surveyed to ascertain their organization's official position on LGBT inclusion. They also should be put on your mailing list...allies to receive information about action alerts and resources, and nonallies to receive educational resources to enlighten them. Meetings could be requested with the heads of nonallied groups to try to learn what the obstacles are to their becoming allies.

LIKEWISE A LIST OF FLORIDA'S APPOINTED BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND COUNCILS IS AVAILABLE AT THE STATE'S WEB SITE.

The listing includes Boards, Committees, Commissions and Councils appointed by the Department of Education or the Florida Legislature. A contact person, who can provide more information or a list of members, is indicated. Contact them to get explanations of exactly what their organizations do, and then scrutinize their mission statements for points of access for advocating for LGBT inclusion in public educational systems.

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Last updated 10/14/98 by Jean Richter, richter@eecs.Berkeley.EDU