Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit social and charitable organization located in The Villages, Florida.  Our goal is to provide activities, support, and charity to the community and all those interested in support, respect and a commitment to human rights equality for all.  Please join us at our next meeting or one of our family events.

Upcoming Events

Events Key: Family  Sports  Community  National 

New Location!

 Rainbow Thursday's
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Get together with "Family & Friends"
Featuring Petrina!
6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Breezeway
1033 Pinellas Place
The Villages, FL 32163
352-205-7455
No ID Required!  Please join us!

"GALA IN SHORTS" RAISES $12K
Wow! What a great turn out for our first ever Equality Florida Mixer here in The Villages. Celia and Sue opened up their home for this event and decorated the whole place in Rainbow Colors! 
 
The music was by Petrina, the wonderful food along with beer and wine that never ended added to the success of this time together as "family". The folks from Florida Equality dubbed it a "Gala in Shorts!"  This was a fund raiser for the many efforts on our behalf by Equality Florida. They actually raised over $12,000 at this event with more to come in from those who are going to mail in their
donations.

You can find the picture of our check presentation to Michael "Equality" Farmer from your Rainbow Family & Friends Club on our website. We raised the donation money the weekend before at our "Hot Summer Nights" event.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our wonderful LGBT community!  Additional Donations may be sent to this address:
Equality Florida Institute
P.O. Box 20786
Tampa FL  33622-0786  



IN THE LGBT

    1. USA: Sixth Circuit to Hear Six Marriage Equality Cases From Four States Today
      The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a series of marriage equality cases today from the jurisdiction's four constituent states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

      Details


      USA, Florida: Fourth Marriage Equality Decision - Palm Beach County
      Palm Beach Post

      In the fourth Florida marriage equality decision in about a week, a state judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff.
      Details

      USA, Utah: Marriage Equality Case First to Be Appealed to Supreme Court
      The Washington Blade

      The Utah marriage equality case was the first in the nation to be officially appealed to the US Supreme Court yesterday.
      Details

    Lift stay and let us marry now: 

    Key West bartenders take ...

    MiamiHerald.com ‎- by Steve Rothaus 
    Two Key West bartenders, who last week won permission from a Monroe circuit judge to marry despite Florida's constitutional gay-marriage ... Garcia's original decision that the men should be allowed to marry applies only to ...


The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Post Politics blog (7/21)


USA, Colorado: Another Marriage Equality Ruling Imminent
Various

The Federal Judge who heard testimony yesterday against the state's ban on marriage equality said he will strike it down today.
Details

Current Map, Court Cases, Legislation & Polling: Marriage Equality USA tracks all the current court cases, polls, and bills and initiatives on marriage equality across the USA. Link

SMART QUOTE
"At a critical time for our nation's economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination."
-- Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, discussing President Obama's executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors and the federal government, as quoted by the Washington Post

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