Join EQFL & the ACLU for a Town Hall & Spokesperson Training on Adoption

If you're in Tampa Bay next Friday and Saturday please join us for two important events hosted by Equality Florida & the ACLU

We're also looking for a handful of enthusiastic volunteers who can help us ensure these events are a success.

Click here if you're interested in signing up to volunteer.

Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19th
Join Equality Florida and the ACLU for a Town Hall & Spokesperson Training to
Take a Stand Against Florida's Adoption Ban

When: Friday, June 18th, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: King of Peace MCC Church
(3150 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida)

Panel Discussion Featuring: Shelbi Day, (ACLU-FL LGBT Advocacy Project Staff Attorney), Martin Gill (ACLU plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn adoption ban), and Nadine Smith (Equality Florida Executive Director). ACLU-FL Director of Communications Brandon Hensler will moderate a panel discussion about Florida's adoption ban, the ACLU's legal challenge, and past and current legislative efforts to overturn the ban. Q&A to follow.

Free and open to the public. Registration not required, but those who register by close of business on June 4, 2010 will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to Target (must attend the event to be eligible). Click here to register.


When: Saturday, June 19th, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: King of Peace MCC Church
(3150 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida)

**A light lunch will be provided**


Adult Training

Learn the basic skills and information necessary to take a stand against Florida's ban on adoption by gays and lesbians. You will learn how to support the lawsuit challenging Florida's ban on gay adoption by changing the hearts and minds of your friends, neighbors, and communities. Learn more about the training and register here.

While adults are learning to speak out on the adoption ban, children can take part in meaningful activities, too:


Youth Programming

Family Equality Council will provide programming for youth ages 9-13, which focuses on increasing self-esteem, building community, and developing leadership skills in the context of age-specific issues such as responding to bullying and engaging social media. In addition to providing a platform of support, this training is intended to prepare youth to tell their personal stories in support of efforts to repeal Florida's adoption ban.

Children's Programming

Family Equality Council will provide programming designed for children 3 to 8. The children's programming focuses on celebrating LGBT and all loving families through arts & crafts, games, stories, and more!

**Registration for Adult Training and Youth and Children's Programming is required, so be sure to register yourself and your child(ren) - space is limited! Please note, only adults 18 years of age or older will be permitted in the adult trainings.

Register now.

Presented by Equality Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Family Equality Council and St. Pete Pride.


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