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State Policy Profile - Florida

Quick Facts About Florida

  • Total State Population:18,801,310
  • Total Adult Population:15,315,088
  • Total LGBT Population:536,028
  • LGBT % of State Adult Population:3.5%
  • % of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children:13%

Florida's LGBT Policy Tally

Sexual Orientation Policy Tally:5.5/19
Gender Identity Policy Tally:0.25/15
Overall Tally:5.75/34
See how Florida compares to the rest of the country on the Snapshot page.

Icon Key
  • Indicates state law or policy
  • Indicates local laws or policies and/or partial law
  • Indicates no law or policy
  • Enumeration not applicable

Florida's LGBT Laws and Policies

Click on each issue for more information and to see where the state fits
into the national landscape.

Marriage and Relationship Recognition Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Law Exists? Tally Law Exists? Tally
Marriage for Same-Sex Couples 1/1
Medical Decision-Making Authority for Same-Sex Couples 1/1
State Family Leave Laws Covering Same-Sex Couples 0/1
Negative Law: Ban on Marriage and/or Relationship Recognition for Same-Sex Couples No Negative Law 0/-1
Subtotal 2/3
Marriage and Relationship Recognition Total 2/3
Non-Discrimination Laws Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Law Exists? Tally Law Exists? Tally
Employment Non-Discrimination Laws* 0.5/1 0.5/1
Housing Non-Discrimination Laws* 0.5/1 0.5/1
Public Accommodations Non-Discrimination Laws* 0.5/1 0.5/1
Credit and Lending Non-Discrimination Laws 0/1 0/1
Negative Law: State Religious Exemptions Laws (RFRAs) NEGATIVE LAW -0.5/-0.5 NEGATIVE LAW -0.5/-0.5
Negative Law: State has targeted religious exemption law (child welfare) No Negative Law 0/-0.25 No Negative Law 0/-0.25
Negative Law: State has targeted religious exemption law (marriage licenses) No Negative Law 0/-0.25 No Negative Law 0/-0.25
Negative Law: State has targeted religious exemption law (marriage services) No Negative Law 0/-0.25 No Negative Law 0/-0.25
Negative Law: State Bans Cities and Counties from Passing Non-Discrimination Laws No Negative Law 0/-0.5 No Negative Law 0/-0.5
Subtotal 1/4 1/4
Non-Discrimination Total 2/8
*If state lacks statewide law, the tally looks at local non-discrimination ordinances in employment, housing, and public accommodations and provides partial points based on the percent of LGBT population covered by local laws. Local employment non-discrimination ordinances can be viewed here.
Safe Schools Laws and Policies Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Law Exists? Tally Law Exists? Tally
Non-Discrimination Laws and Policies Covering LGBT Students 0/1 0/1
Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies Covering LGBT Students 0/1 0/1
Negative Law: "Don't Say Gay" Law Barring or Explicitly Restricting Educators From Discussing LGBT People or Issues in Schools No Negative Law 0/-0.5 No Negative Law 0/-0.5
Negative Law: Laws Banning Local Schools and Districts from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination and/or Anti-Bullying Policies No Negative Law 0/-0.5 No Negative Law 0/-0.5
Subtotal 0/2 0/2
Safe Schools Total 0/4
 Tally does not reflect local school district enumerated non-discrimination or anti-bullying laws and policies.
Ability for Transgender People to Correct
the Gender Marker on Identity Documents
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
Law Exists? Tally Law Exists? Tally
Driver's Licenses 0.75/1
Birth Certificates NEGATIVE LAW -1/1
Subtotal -0.25/2
Identity Documents Total -0.25/2
Grand Totals Sexual Orientation
Policy Tally
Gender Identity
Policy Tally
Overall Tally
Totals 5.5/19 0.25/15 5.75/34
Ratings MEDIUM LOW LOW

Local Municipalities & Counties with Non-Discrimination Ordinances Covering Private Employers*

Sexual Orientation

54%

of population
protected

    Legend

  • State
    Protections
  • County
    Protections
  • City
    Protections
  • No
    Protections
  • NDOs
    Banned

City and County Numbers:

10 counties out of 67 have an ordinance prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

22 cities have an ordinance prohibiting private employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.


City and County Listing:

  • City of Atlantic Beach
  • City of Boynton Beach
  • City of Delray Beach
  • City of Dunedin
  • City of Gainesville
  • City of Greenacres
  • City of Gulfport
  • City of Key West
  • City of Lake Worth
  • City of Largo
  • City of Leesburg
  • City of Miami
  • City of Miami Beach
  • City of Oakland Park
  • City of Orlando
  • City of Sarasota
  • City of St. Augustine Beach
  • City of Tampa
  • City of Venice
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • City of Wilton Manors
  • Village of Tequesta
  • Alachua County
  • Broward County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Leon County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Monroe County
  • Orange County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Pinellas County
  • Volusia County

Gender Identity

54%

of population
protected

    Legend

  • State
    Protections
  • County
    Protections
  • City
    Protections
  • No
    Protections
  • NDOs
    Banned

City and County Numbers:

10 counties out of 67 have an ordinance prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity.

22 cities have an ordinance prohibiting private employment discrimination based on gender identity.


City and County Listing:

  • City of Atlantic Beach
  • City of Boynton Beach
  • City of Delray Beach
  • City of Dunedin
  • City of Gainesville
  • City of Greenacres
  • City of Gulfport
  • City of Key West
  • City of Lake Worth
  • City of Largo
  • City of Leesburg
  • City of Miami
  • City of Miami Beach
  • City of Oakland Park
  • City of Orlando
  • City of Sarasota
  • City of St. Augustine Beach
  • City of Tampa
  • City of Venice
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • City of Wilton Manors
  • Village of Tequesta
  • Alachua County
  • Broward County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Leon County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Monroe County
  • Orange County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Pinellas County
  • Volusia County

NOTE: As a result of a 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, has been found to prohibit discrimination based on a worker’s gender identity and gender expression as part of Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. Many workers and private employers are not aware of this ruling, and the protections it offers are still emerging. By contrast, this list reflects state and local laws and ordinances that explicitly enumerate protections for workers based on their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity and expression.

*Only jurisdictions with ordinances that prohibit discrimination in private employment are listed. Other localities may have executive orders that apply to government employees, and these are not listed. The level of enforcement of these ordinances may vary by jurisdiction. This information is constantly changing, and we welcome suggestions for additions or changes. Email us here. This data was collected in collaboration with the Equality Federation and Equality Florida.