The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC)is Florida’s oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We promote equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation and community outreach.
Since 1990, PBCHRC has been responsible for the enactment of more than 160 laws and policies providing equal rights, protections and benefits for the LGBTQ community. Our work never stops. Even during the height of the pandemic, elected officials throughout our county enacted several new LGBTQ+-inclusive municipal civil rights ordinances. For a list of the laws and policies enacted as the result of PBCHRC’s efforts, click here and select "Laws & Policies."
Our success in enacting pro-LGBTQ laws is directly related to our community’s participation in electoral politics.
Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance (PBCHRCVA) members — all volunteers —, have conducted close to 1,000 face-to-face endorsement interviews — and close to 100 interviews via Zoom and phone — of candidates seeking public office. We have done this to educate public officials, make endorsements and take action to elect people who will take steps to change laws and policies to provide equal treatment and equal benefits for the local LGBTQ community.
Throughout the year, PBCHRCVA supporters worked to identify more LGBTQ-supportive residents and get them registered to vote. We also worked on early voting, vote-by-mail and get-out-the-vote campaigns. So, it came as no surprise that LGBTQ and allied voters in Palm Beach County turned out in record numbers in the General Election . Our supporters continue to be "super-voters," as we have been for decades.
Thanks to your votes, the following PBCHRCVA-endorsed candidates were elected or re-elected in the General Election.
Congresswoman Sheila McCormick
Congresswoman Lois Frankel
Congresswman-Elect Jared Moskowitz
State Senator Bobby Powell, Jr.
State Senator Lori Berman
State Senator Tina Polsky
State Representative Jervonte "Tae" Edmonds
State Representative David Silvers
State Representative Joe Casello
State Representative Kelly Skidmore
State Representative-Elect Katherine Waldron
County Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss
Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Blair Ciklin
Port of Palm Beach Commissioner-Elect Deandre Poole
School Board Member Marcia Andrews
PBCHRC welcomes Brad Jackson as our newest member of the Voters Alliance
PBCHRC'S WINTER FÊTE
PBCHRC supporters will celebrate our 35th anniversary of LGBTQ+ advocacy in Palm Beach County at the 2023 Winter Fête. The event will be held the evening of Janaury 14, 2023, at a private home in Palm Beach. Sandy James Fine Food & Catering will provide hors-d'oeuvres, Echo will provide sushi boats. and, as always, there will be a premium open bar.
At this time, we are seeking members of the Host Committee to contribute $1,000 to help underwrite the event and PBCHRC initiatives. Host Committee for the Winter Fête will receive two tickets to the event. To join the Host Committee, please go to PBCHRC.org/events or mail your check, made payable to PBCHRC, to Post Office Box 267, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
Sushi Sponsor: Echo
Wine Sponsor: Table 26
Alexandria Ayala and Rob Long
Paul Bernabeo and David Cohen
Mack and Shawn Bernard
Terry Bowie and William Feldkamp
Pamela Buchmeyer and Shellie Crandall
Shawn Cherry and Vincent Ruisi
Gil Cohen and Paul Gervais
Peter Conn, Jr., and Oscar Garza
David Crespo and Nicholas Coppola
James Curtis and Jason Colin
Joseph Paul Davis
Arlen Dominek and A.J. Young
Brent Feigenbaum and Frank Morgan
Mark Foley and Ryan Ruark
Dr. James Goad
Edith Hall Friedheim and Peter Cruise
Lawrence Jacobs and Steven Snapp
Keith and Lorna James
Gerald Jarosinski, Jr.
Michael Judd and Ben Small
Wood Kinnard and Alberto Arias
Christina and Monte Lambert
Wayne Lewis and David Edmonds
Sheila Cherfilus McCormick
Joseph Marino, Jr. and Anthony Sibilia
Dr. David Mittleman and Michael Duquette Fowler
Joe and Erin Peduzzi
Scott Rixford and Jose Mena
SandyJames Fine Food & Productions
W. Trent Steele and Douglas B. Andrews
James Swope and Scott Robertson
Don Todorich - Corcoran Group R.E.
Richard Triggs and William Jennings
Scott Velozo and Stephen Mooney
A.J. Wasson and Randy Christensen
Dr. Donald Watren and Anthony Jaggi
Gregg and Rebecca Weiss
IN OTHER NEWS
PBCHRC congratulates the Village of Wellington for hosting the Inaugural Florida LGBTQ+ Liaison Summit in October. The event, sponsored by Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, drew dozens of people from across the state who serve their communities as LGBTQ+ liaisons. Thanks go out to Nathan Bruemmer, Commissioner Fried’s LGBTQ+ liaison who ran the event. Special thanks go out to Wellington Village Manager and CEO Jim Barnes and Kim Gibbons, the Village's LGBTQ+ liaison, for their work in pulling everything together.
PBCHRC is currently working to persuade:
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County to provide trans-specific healthcare services to indigent patients.
The School District of Palm Beach County to adopt a resolution opposing conversion therapy on students.
The School District of Palm Beach County to cease doing business with Chick-fil-A and other companies that discriminate against LGBTQ people and other minorities.
For close to thirty-five years, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently on behalf of the LGBTQ community. With your support, we will continue to do so in the years to come. As always, we will keep you posted on our progress.
Judge Rand Hoch (retired),
President and Founder
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. PBCHRC'S Registration Number is CH46486. To obtain registration information, you may consult the website or call 800-435-7352.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President and Founder
JANIECE N. DAVIS
MICHAEL DUQUETTE FOWLER
G. JOSEPH GARCIA
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC)
is Florida's oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
We promote equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach. Over the years, PBCHRC has been responsible for the implementation of more than 160 laws and policies providing equal protections, rights, and benefits for the LGBTQ community.
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, Inc. is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The Council promotes equality, through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach.