Waymon Hudson

Leon County FL Commissioners approve "Human Relations Advisory Committee"

Filed By Waymon Hudson | July 17, 2009 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Bob Rackleff, Human Relations Advisory Committee, John Dailey, Leon County, LGBT rights

Leon County commissioners gave approval on Tuesday to create a human relations advisory committee, whose goal is to "to provide commissioners suggestions for people who may be under represented before the governing body." The Commissioners will now nominate names to serve on the board.

The LGBT community turned out in force to support the committee, which was suggested and motioned by Commissioner John Dailey. The commissioners did point out that the committee will extend its reach beyond just the LGBT community to other minorities and underrepresented communities.

Jeff Peters, a local attorney who works within the LGBT community, was extremely pleased by the formation of the committee:

This advisory board would be an important step in giving a voice to a significant number of people in this country who do not have a voice.

Commissioner Bob Rackleff, whose son is gay, was moved by the formation of the committee, saying it was something very personal and important to him. He also said that this committee is just the beginning. Rackleff described why this meant so much to him and his son:

It pains me to know that he [my son] is a second-class citizen in Florida, and in this community. I would like to make sure he does not have to suffer long from discrimination.

This board is a great first step for Leon County. Having a voice and connection to the commissioners to raise the concerns of the LGBT community and other minorities can only help progress equality.

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bonnie hyde | April 25, 2010 9:29 PM

Vote NO on the "Human Rights Ordinance!"