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Equality Florida launches ‘Unete a Nosotros’ Spanish-language campaign for LGBT rights

Cindy Brown, Iris Garcia and Susanna Taddei at the Equality Florida ‘Unete a Nosotros’ presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Cubaocho Art & Research Center on Southwest Eighth Street in Miami.
Cindy Brown, Iris Garcia and Susanna Taddei at the Equality Florida ‘Unete a Nosotros’ presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Cubaocho Art & Research Center on Southwest Eighth Street in Miami. Via Facebook

Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT-rights group, has launched ‘Unete a Nosotros,’ a Spanish-language project dealing with family issues, religion, transgender rights, and housing and workplace discrimination.

“It’s important because we have realized that most of the Hispanic or Spanish-speaking LGBT community is not aware that much more has to be done to be treated equally,” said Susanna Taddei, Equality Florida’s spokeswoman for the Spanish-speaking community. “That’s why we need an educational campaign to reach out to them.”

Equality Florida launched the campaign Wednesday night with a reception at Cubaocho Art & Research Center on Southwest Eighth Street in Miami.

Here are six public-service announcements part of the campaign:

Equality Florida news release:

The campaign consists of several 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and a five-minute video which are already being shared on social media networks. Each segment explores one or more problems of discrimination that our community still confronts both in Florida and in many other states. Broadly speaking, the topics are:

▪ Family and adoption

▪ Religious conflicts

▪ Transgender harassment and public services

▪ Bullying and suicide

▪ Employment and housing discrimination

▪ Retirement

The project was conceived by Susanna Taddei, director of the Girasol Foundation, in conjunction with Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. It was brought to reality by Ibetti Pérez Larralde, executive producer and Jesús Acosta, director and editor. Sean Lund of the Movement Advancement Project and Monica Trasandes of GLAAD provided essential assistance.

“Equality Florida is all about inclusion,” Smith said. “So it’s entirely appropriate that we reach out to Floridians whose first language is not English. The issues facing LGBT people -- and their solutions — are the same in any language.”

“Nadine Smith helped us understand how much work still needs to be done and the importance of having the participation of the Hispanic community to achieve equality in our state.” said Taddei. “That’s the reason my wife and I immediately undertook this project, to transform those needs into easy to share images for social media.”

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Click here to view a Facebook album from Wednesday’s presentation at Cubaocho.

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