Expanding and protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) community strengthens the quality of life for all Tampanians. Straz, a longtime supporter of equality and the LGBTQA community, has a previous history of supporting the work of nonprofits, including financially sponsoring organizations like Tampa Pride. Supporting minority and LGBTQ small businesses and expanding city employment protections for LGBTQ people in Tampa is essential to the success of a city.
David Straz will initiate that focus on police sensitivity training, combating HIV/AIDS, preventing bullying, and giving voice to those who identify as transgender. Keeping an open dialogue between the mayor’s office and LGBTQA residents in Tampa is crucial to moving forward this community and their issues.