Beth Tuura picked up an endorsement Tuesday from the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus in the race for House District 47, in a move that “highlights the importance of this historic election,” she says.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is proud to announce the endorsement of Beth Tuura for State House District 47,” they said. “Beth Tuura would be the first openly lesbian member of the State House, a much needed voice in the legislature.”

Tuura, as a longtime member of the LGBT community, is committed to protecting the rights of LGBT individuals and families. She wants to expand hate crime legislation, stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and fight against legislation like the Pastor Protection Act to protect marriage equality.

“This election means a lot for my community,” Tuura said. “My friends can still be fired for being gay. My marriage can be undermined by our State legislature. For me it’s personal, and I will go to Tallahassee to fight for my community and for equal rights and protections under the law.”

The endorsement comes on the heels of other similar ones for Tuura from Equality Florida on the state level and the National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and the Lesbian Political Power PAC on the national stage.

“This last legislative session we saw very real backlash to the gains our community has fought so hard to win,” Equality Florida Action PAC stated to their members. “As a newly emboldened opposition continues to attack our families, it’s more critical than ever we elect more LGBT people to the Florida Legislature.”

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