INDIVISIBLE GAINESVILLE: UNITED FOR PRIDE AND ARMED WITH DAILY ACTIONS WE CAN ALL TAKE

Indivisible Gainesville is proud to participate in the Gainesville Area Equality March for Unity and Pride. Our mission explicitly states that we resist any and all regressive movements—which includes codifying discrimination in our laws, ordinances, and statutes. We march to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community, communities of color, and all who are marginalized and disenfranchised by this administration.

We demonstrate our support not only by showing up/participating in today’s event but also by action. We must mobilize. We have over 1800 members in our group and together we can effect change in our government. Our group has created nine distinct action items to help you call upon your Representative or Senator to prevent discrimination against people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. We urge our members, friends, and family members to use these action cards as a starting point for pressing your member of congress. We’re sharing them all with you here, and we’ll also be posting one per day on our social media throughout Pride Month to serve as a reminder that action can be taken by all of us.

ACTION 1: Speak up for LGBTQ rights in FL-3!

At a Town Hall earlier this year, Congressman Ted Yoho of FL District 3 was asked questions about his stance on LGBTQ issues. In response, he pledged to form an advisory council within his office to address the unique issues which are important to our community.

Let’s make sure he follows through!

Call the congressman’s local or DC office and inquire about the creation of this council. Then, text a friend and ask they do the same. Recruit friends to keep calling until the council is formed and made up of members of the LGBTQ community. Together, let’s ensure he is representing the best interests of the FL-3 LGBTQ community at the federal level. Bonus points for anyone who volunteers to be on the council!

Rep. Ted Yoho

DC Office: (202) 225-5744
Gainesville Office: (352) 505-0838

ACTION 2: LGBTQAI+ Adoption
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2640- The Every Child Deserves a Family Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2640- the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. This bipartisan bill has broad support from countless medical groups like the AMA. Child welfare agencies which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status in their adoption decisions should NOT receive federal funding. It is heartless to leave children in the foster system when qualified couples or individuals are eager to welcome them into their families. I urge [MoC] to vote YES on this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2640

ACTION 3: LGBTQAI+ Discrimination
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2282 – The Equality Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2282, the Equality Act. Currently, many states lack basic protections for LGBTQ citizens, putting those who live in or travel to these states at risk. HR 2282 will ensure these basic protections will be in place nationwide. Failing to pass this bill will impact the safety and quality of life of millions of American families. I urge you to support and vote YES on the Equality Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2282

ACTION 4: LGBTQAI+ Discrimination
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 38 – The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] vote NO to HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Gun violence is a rampant problem in America, as evidenced by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Gun safety laws are in place within each state to protect the state’s citizens. However, policies of other states should not overrule Florida’s laws. I know the congressman respects states’ rights and the safety of [his/her] constituents, so I urge [him/her] to vote NO on this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/38

ACTION 5: HIV Advocacy
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 1739 – The REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is __ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 1739, the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act. This law calls for a review of federal and state laws which impose criminal liability on individuals living with HIV. According to the HRC, perceived HIV exposure is criminalized in 32 states. These laws were intended to address the intentional spreading HIV, but have been abused far beyond that purpose. Through this review, we can ensure evidence-based, medically accurate public health policies. I urge them to vote YES on the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1739

ACTION 6: Bullying
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 1957 – The Safe Schools Improvement Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support bipartisan bill HR 1957, the Safe Schools Improvement Act. This bill requires schools receiving federal funding to develop codes of conduct that explicitly prohibit bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ youth are 2 times as likely to experience abuse at school and 4 times more likely to commit suicide. This bill could play a role in reducing these staggering statistics. Any school receiving federal funding must protect ALL of its students. I urge [MoC] to actively support this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1957

ACTION 7: Conversion Therapy
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2119 – The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is __ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2119, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which defines advertising of Conversion Therapy as consumer fraud. The American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and every other mainstream medical organization agree that Conversion Therapy is fraudulent and dangerous. Allowing these services to be advertised legitimizes this damaging, dehumanizing practice. I urge them to vote YES on the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2119

ACTION 8: International Human Rights
Call your senator about S.302 – The International Human Rights Defense Act

Senator Bill Nelson: 202-224-5274

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that Sen. Nelson help to reintroduce S.302 – The International Human Rights Defense Act. Many LGBTQ people face horrific discrimination & abuse in countries around the world and the US should be a global leader advocating for human rights. This position helps prevent and respond to discrimination & violence against the LGBTQ community worldwide. We must continue to build on Secretary Kerry’s historic creation of the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ Persons by making this position permanent in law to prevent its elimination by future administrations. I ask that Senator Nelson please work to re-introduce this bill.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/302

ACTION 9: Trans Rights
Educate your representative!

Currently, more than 15 states have proposed bills restricting bathroom access for transgender people. When asked by a courageous constituent about this issue at a recent town hall, Rep. Ted Yoho stated he believes bathrooms should be, “Male, female, and other.” The use of the term “other” is disrespectful to the dignity of our trans brothers and sisters.

The National Center for Transgender Equality explains that while private bathroom access may comfort some, forcing trans people to use separate bathrooms is isolating & dehumanizing. It also reinforces a false narrative of danger to the public which has been widely debunked by law enforcement & sexual assault advocates.

Your challenge is to work together with a trans member of your community and amplify their voice to help educate Rep. Yoho. Some ways include: writing a letter, mailing literature, or scheduling an in-person meeting. Remember, when acting as an ally, listen and then work to lift the voice of the under-represented.

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho:
(202) 225-5744
(352) 505-0838

We here at Indivisible Gainesville  hope these pre-set actions help you follow through!
We encourage you to pass these actions on. Share them with friends and family. We stand with YOU and with our LGBTQAI+ brothers and sisters, ALWAYS.

 

In Solidarity,
~The Indivisible Gainesville Team

 

 

 

 

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