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Tea Time with the Jackson Center: Nadine Smith, Equality Florida

May 27 @ 4:00 pm

Our 2021 programming theme is The Work Left to Do, and within that theme, we’ll explore a different focus each month. In the first Tea of the month, we will look at a topic from a broader perspective to understand the universal and legal challenges. For the second Tea of the month, we will speak with someone who is doing the work to educate and/or advance change so we can understand the continuing challenges and how we contribute to change in our own communities. For the month of May, our programming will address equity gaps facing LGBTQ+ individuals.

Our May 27 Tea features a conversation with Nadine Smith, co-founder, and CEO of Equality FloridaPlease note the later start time of this Tea Time program, which will begin at 4:00 pm EST.


Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Nadine is a former award-winning journalist turned organizer, one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then-President Clinton – the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization founding board, which celebrated 30 years in 2014.

She is a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee, board member for Green Florida, and served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee. In 2013, was named one of the state’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter’s Woman of Distinction Award earlier this year. She currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan.

If you have a Facebook account, follow RHJC’s page and Kristan’s page to be notified when we go live. You can interact with us by commenting on the video during the live stream. Share the video link with your friends on Facebook and other social media accounts using the hashtag #TeawithRHJC.

If you don’t have a Facebook account, click here at 4pm to view the Tea on the Center’s public Facebook page. You can catch up on previous Teas on our website or YouTube channel.


May 27
4:00 pm
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