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May 4, 2011Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County Commend
St. Petersburg College on LGBT InclusivenessSt. Petersburg, FL – Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County commend the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees and President William D. Law, Jr. on their LGBT inclusiveness.
The Board of Trustees recently amended the language to the Commitment to Diversity portion of the St. Pete College Mission Statement to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity.
“This is a positive and important decision that was made by St. Petersburg College” said Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County President Rick Boylan, “LGBT individuals, especially students and employees, can now be assured that St. Petersburg College will not tolerate discrimination based on either sexual orientation or gender identity.” “The terms Gender Identity are often left out of the equation, it’s refreshing to see such an important and strong statement from St. Petersburg College.”
According to the proposal, the new wording of the non-discrimination policy is:“The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College affirms its equal opportunity policy in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations. The College will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the College will not tolerate such conduct.” “It’s important that organizations, especially educational institutions, specifically state that they prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression” says Boylan, “we need more organizations to take such an instrumental step toward inclusiveness and equality to recognize the value of all citizens.” The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County is a not-for-profit political committee that is organized as an affiliated Chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) and as chartered Chapter of the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Democratic Caucus.
St. Petersburg, FL – On February 17, 2011, the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County elected their new officers and committee chairs. The 2011 leadership for the Democratic organization includes:
President, Rick Boylan
Vice President, Susan McGrath
Secretary, Sharon Janis
Treasurer, Gail Caldwell
Membership Committee Chair, Beth Fountain
Media/Marketing/Website Committee Chair, Bobby Poth
Program Committee Chair, Steve Wroblewski
Special Events Committee Chair, Robin Rowland
National Stonewall Democrats Leadership Council Representative, Joe Carp
“I am excited about the incoming leadership team for the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County” says President Rick Boylan, “I believe this team will bring new and exciting ideas to our organization and help us to become better than ever.”
Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County is devoted to advancing equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As a Democratic organization, SDPC works with the Democratic Party and supports fair-minded Democratic leaders and candidates who support our mission. Our organization’s strength comes from Pinellas County lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and allied Democrats working together.
Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County is currently looking for individuals interested in participating on committees. For more information about Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County, visit www.stonewallpinellas.org.
The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County is a not-for-profit political committee that is organized as an affiliated Chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) and as chartered Chapter of the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Democratic Caucus.
Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County Elect 2011 Officers