MESSAGE FROM RAND HOCH, PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
November 5, 2014
Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council’s activists – all volunteers – have been screening candidates for public office, making endorsements, educating public officials and taking action with the sole purpose of changing laws and policies to provide equal treatment and equal benefits for the local LGBT community.
Working to elect LGBT-supportive public officials has resulted in the enactment of more than 70 local laws and policies which now provide Palm Beach County’s LGBT residents and visitors with both equal protection and equal family benefits.
Once again this year, we endorsed candidates in many races, and we ran successful voter identification, early voting, absentee ballot and get-out-the vote campaigns. As a result of our efforts, members of Palm Beach County’s LGBT community – and our allies – turned out in record numbers for the 2014 elections.
Thanks to your efforts, almost all of the candidates endorsed by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance in 2014 were elected (or re-elected) to office. After 26 years of educating and turning out LGBT and allied voters, we are very proud of our successes.
The candidates endorsed by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance who were elected (or re-elected) in 2014 include:
In keeping with PBCHRC’s commitment to promoting equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation and community outreach, PBCHRC Vice Chair Jess Blackman and I co-presented a seminar on discrimination at “Out of the Closet and In Your Office” -- an education conference held in Fort Lauderdale in October. (PBCHRC was also a sponsor of the conference).
The Council's current projects include persuading:
Judge Rand Hoch (retired),
President and Founder