Dozens rally for gender identity proposal in Miami

Straight ally Allison Grisham of All Souls' Episcopal Church in Miami Beach with her 4-month-old son Kellar speaks at the SAVE Dade rally on Sunday.
Straight ally Allison Grisham of All Souls' Episcopal Church in Miami Beach with her 4-month-old son Kellar speaks at the SAVE Dade rally on Sunday.

About 50 LGBT activists and allies gathered on Sunday at the Torch of Friendship in downtown Miami in support of amending Miami-Dade County’s human rights ordinance to include gender identity and expression.

The TransEquality rally, organized by SAVE Dade, included interfaith speakers Rabbi Tom Heyn of Temple Israel of Greater Miami; Rev. Chris Jackson of Unity on the Bay; straight ally Allison Grisham of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Miami Beach; Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee; ex-Baptist minister Jennifer Taylor; SAVE Dade board member Juan del Hierro; and SAVE Dade Executive Director Tony Lima.

“Transgender rights and this rally here are important today because people matter,” said Taylor, who is transgender.

“There are things such as housing, education and other rights which people take for granted that transgender people are denied.”

A gender identity ordinance was introduced in May by Miami-Dade Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Audrey Edmonson and co-sponsored by Commissioners Barbara Jordan and Sally Heyman.

The plan, which would have amended the county’s existing gay-rights law to ban discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or expression, passed 11-1 on first reading.

Commission Vice Chairwoman Lynda Bell voted against.

The proposal then went to the commission’s Health and Social Services Committee, comprised of chairwoman Edmonson, Bell, Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Jean Monestime and Javier D. Souto.

Co-sponsors pulled the amendment on Aug. 13 when they realized there weren’t enough votes to pass in committee.

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category