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DEMOCRATIC EQUALITY CAUCUS OF CITRUS COUNTY JOINS THE FLORIDA HATE CRIME COALITION (FHCC)




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nathan Sharp, President Phone: (954) 706-1144 Email: president@citrusequalitycaucus.com


DEMOCRATIC EQUALITY CAUCUS OF CITRUS COUNTY JOINS THE FLORIDA HATE CRIME COALITION (FHCC)


Lecanto, Florida. January 12, 2022 - The Citrus Equality Caucus announced today that they have joined the Florida Hate Crimes Coalition (FHCC). Citrus Equality Caucus joins the ranks of over 340 organizations which includes representation from municipalities, law enforcement agencies and social welfare groups across the state.


The key initiative for this year’s legislative session is the passage of SB-308 which has been filed by Sen. Lori Berman and HB-111 which has been filed by Rep. Joseph Geller.


Compared to other states, Florida has a relatively strong hate crimes law. However, it has multiple gaps that need to be addressed. The legislation will address these issues by doing the following:


  • It would include physical disability by providing a more expansive definition of disability, which is based on the Florida Civil Rights Act;

  • It would add the category of gender;

  • It would add the category of gender identity;

  • It would add coverage for “association with” hate crimes, where for example a person is victimized for being at a restaurant with African American or Hispanic friends; and

  • It would allow for prosecution of “mixed-motive” hate crimes. (Under current law, if there is a secondary motive for a crime, it is very difficult to prosecute a criminal act as a hate crime.) So for example, a hate crime cannot be charged if a perpetrator involved in a fender-bender assaults the other driver while yelling both racial epithets and angry remarks about the accident at the victim.s.

Hate Crime Statistics from 2020




About the Democratic Equality Caucus of Citrus County:

The Democratic Equality Caucus of Citrus County represents the LGBTQ+ community to the Democratic Party, encourages voter registration, promotes an active interest in politics, and supports Democratic candidates who are committed to the principle that all persons deserve equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


We value diversity and welcome anyone who shares our vision.


About Florida Hate Crimes Coalition

FHCC Background: ADL Florida formed and leads the Florida Hate Crimes Coalition (FHCC), which has been advocating for years to provide hate crime protections to all Floridians by making the State’s laws comprehensive and fully inclusive. With over 300 members, spanning from elected officials, government bodies, and law enforcement agencies, to community, multicultural, LGBTQ+, and humans rights advocacy groups, the FHCC is the largest coalition in Florida pushing for legislative changes to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups from hate crimes.

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