Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll: Apology Accepted
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Florida Lieutenant Governor
Jennifer Carroll

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll: Apology Accepted

    1. Nadine Smith
    2. Petition by

      Nadine Smith

      FL

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July 2012

Victory

BREAKING: Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks I just got off the phone with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology and the Lt. Gov. called to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer. In addition, Carroll expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to communicate her commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. She invited Equality Florida to reach out to her office if she could be of assistance and I offered our organization as a resource as well. On behalf of a EQFL, I want to thank Lt. Gov. Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted. Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step. In FL, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for LGBT residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal. Thanks to all who spoke up. Visit our blog to see the apology note.

Two days after I launched a petition to demand Florida Lt. Governor apologize after she made her anti-gay and sexist comments about Black women and lesbians, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has apologized.

The controversy erupted when a former staffer claimed she was fired after walking in on the Lt. Governor in a sexually “compromising position” with a female aide. In responding to the allegations, Carroll told reporters earlier this month, "Black women who look like me don't engage in relationships like that."

Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology to Equality Florida and the Lt. Governor called me to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer.

Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step.

In Florida, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.

Take a moment to send a note to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll thanking her for showing the strength of character to apologize and taking responsibility for her words by responding to the harm those words inflicted.

To:
Jennifer Carroll, Florida Lieutenant Governor
Thank you for showing the strength of character to apologize and taking responsibility for your words by responding to the harm those words inflicted.

Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare. In Florida, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. BREAKING: Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks

      Nadine Smith
      Petition Organizer

      I just got off the phone with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology and the Lt. Gov. called to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer. In addition, Carroll expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to communicate her commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. She invited Equality Florida to reach out to her office if she could be of assistance and I offered our organization as a resource as well.

      On behalf of a EQFL, I want to thank Lt. Gov. Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted. Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step. In FL, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for LGBT residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.

      Thanks to all who spoke up. Visit our blog to see the apology note.

    2. BREAKING: Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks

      Nadine Smith
      Petition Organizer

      I just got off the phone with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology and the Lt. Gov. called to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer. In addition, Carroll expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to communicate her commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. She invited Equality Florida to reach out to her office if she could be of assistance and I offered our organization as a resource as well.

      On behalf of a EQFL, I want to thank Lt. Gov. Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted. Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step. In FL, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for LGBT residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.

      Thanks to all who spoke up. Visit our blog to see the apology note.

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Kyle Ferreira MEDFORD, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Respect and understanding

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    • Valerie Hilgenfeldt SANTA MONICA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Mentalities like these are partially responsible for my moving away from Florida. It's a shame that I would not enjoy visiting my own home state, nor have I, as I haven't visited it once over the past nine years.

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    • Jazzy Gray-Sadler WATERFORD WORKS, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Accept us Just as We Are

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    • John E Coleman TRILBY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      As a Proud Gay Registered Voter since 1974 .. I applaud you "IF" you are taking an "honest" ( only answered by your own concience ) responsibility for your "human error in judgment" and following up with appropriate actions to correct them.

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    • a n n e Goldbauer JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Come out of the closet.

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