Our Fund, the Fort Lauderdale-based philanthropic foundation to benefit the local LGBT community, held its second annual roundtable discussion on Monday, this year titled, Road to Equality After Election Day.
Featured speakers: Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Leslie J. Gabel-Brett, Lambda Legal's education and public affairs director; Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida; and Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Institute. The discussion was moderated by attorney Paul Smith, whose cases included the landmark Lawrence vs. Texas gay-rights case, which in 2003 threw out Texas' sodomy statute as unconstitutional. Our Fund CEO/President Anthony Timiraos introduced Smith and the panel.
Hundreds filled the Horvitz Auditorium adjacent to the downtown Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale.
"This is a very happy time for the movement," Smith said at the beginning of the discussion. "We just had a truly remarkably historic election. We saw the reelection of the most pro-equality president by leaps and bounds that we have had. We have had the election of the first out lesbian a United States Senator. Witness progress in the House in terms of LGBT candidates and allies. And victories four for four in statewide marriage votes by the people of four different states, the first four we ever won. This war really remarkable. Let's give a round of applause to the American people."
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