Several Florida gay rights leaders today announced formation of a "statewide federation" of local groups. They're calling the umbrella group OUT, Organizations United Together.
Here's today's announcement:
OUT's mission will be to connect and empower local organizations to share resources, skills and information in order to forge statewide strength in the pursuit of equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians. OUT intends to work hand-in-hand with other state and national organizations that share similar goals.
A first meeting of local leaders from around the state will be hosted by OUT in Orlando, Florida on January 24, 2009. The meeting will provide additional information on OUT, as well as news on several important projects related to LGBT equality from various parts of the state. If you, or your local LGBT or allied organization, are interested in attending this meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. More detailed information, including starting time and the address for the meeting location, will be provided prior to the date of the meeting.
Also, if you know someone who should be invited to this meeting, please forward this message and ask that person to contact us at the email address above.
Lisa Livezey Comingore, Leon - Impact Tallahassee
Karen Doering, Pinellas
Rand Hoch, Palm Beach - Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
Ted Howard, Hillsborough - Unity Leadership Conferences
Cathy James, Hillsborough - Tampa Bay Family Pride
Michael Kenny, Broward
C.J. Ortuno, Miami-Dade - SAVE Dade
Heddy Pena, Miami-Dade
John Ruffier, Orlando
Michael Shelton, Sarasota - Sarasota Equality Project