- July 19 -
Who: The Federation
of Statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)Advocacy Organizations
What: Annual Summer Meeting
Where: Miami (South Beach)
When: August 1-4, 2002
Why: The Summer Meeting draws activist from across the country for
four days of training and strategizing.
The Federation is a network of autonomous state/territory organizations committed
to working with each other and with national and local groups to strengthen statewide
LGBT advocacy organizing and to secure full civil rights in every U.S. state and
The meeting in Miami Beach comes as the attacks and advances at the state and
local level continue to increase dramatically. More than 300 LGBT-related bills
addressing civil rights, domestic partnerships and safe schools were introduced
in state capitals across the country; 195 favorable and 113 unfavorable.
The Summer meeting is hosted by a different state each year and participants
look for opportunities to assist local efforts to promote fairness and equality.
Federation members plan to help efforts to protect Miami¹s human rights ordinance.
Miami has drawn national attention as community organizers push to keep "sexual
orientation" in the Miami-Dade non-discrimination ordinance despite a repeal
effort on the ballot Sept 10.