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Equality Florida records

Identifier: MS-2008-09

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection of records is primarily comprised of documents relating to the day-to-day operations of Equality Florida, formerly known as the Human Rights Task Force, as well as documents regarding projects conducted by Equality Florida. Also in the collection are research articles on a variety of topics related to the LGBT community, including the several Human Rights Ordinances put forth in the Tampa Bay area, Youth Lobby Days, the 1999 LGBT Rights Rally held in Tallahasee, Safe Schools Summits and Equality Florida's work on the SAVE Dade project.  The collection also contains miscellaneous documents such as news articles dealing with Equality Florida's many projects and press releases, photographs, scrapbooks, and audio/visual materials.


  • Created: 1994 - 2008
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2012


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Biographical or Historical Information

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) community. Utilizing lobbying, grassroots organizing, education and coalition building, Equality Florida is helping to change Florida to ensure that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Equality Florida was formed in 1997 and has defeated every piece of anti-LBGT legislation filed in Tallahassee for 14 years in a row. Equality Florida consists of two organizations: Equality Florida, Inc., which focuses on advocating for and against new laws that impact lives of LBGT Floridians and mobilizing pro-equality voters; and Equality Florida Institute, Inc. which  focuses on educating the public, elected officials, and businesses about issues of importance to the LGBT community. Website:

Note written by Kevin Arms, 2013


13.72 Linear Feet

32 boxes

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A collection of documents concerning the work of Equality Florida, including projects, corporate documents and research.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by material type: 1. Corporate Documents 2. Projects 3. Research 4. Audio/Visual Materials 5. Miscellaneous

Source of Acquisition

Equality Florida

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Donald L. Bentz collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. National Center for Lesbian Rights [St. Petersburg Office] Collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Jan K. Platt Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Bobby Smith photograph collection, Special Collections Department,  Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Related Publications

Gozemba, Patricia A, and Karen Kahn. Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007. Print. Smith, Lance S. The Effects of Homophobia, Legislation, and Local Policies on Heterosexual Pupil Services Professionals' Likelihood of Incorporating Gay Affirming Behaviors in Their Professional Work with Sexual Minority Youths in Public Schools. Tampa, Fla.: University of South Florida, 2007. Internet resource.

Processing Information


Equality Florida records
Kevin Arms, 2013
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US