September 9, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 129 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
HONORING JULIE CARSON; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 129
(Extensions of Remarks - September 09, 2015)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1241] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING JULIE CARSON ______ HON. LOIS FRANKEL of florida in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Ms. FRANKEL of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Wilton Manors City Commissioner, Julie Carson and her work with the LGBT community. Commissioner Carson is being presented with the ``Community Partner for Equality'' award from Equality Florida for her tireless work for the LGBT community. In 2010, Carson became the first openly lesbian elected official in Broward County. Throughout her tenure as Commissioner, she has focused on helping the homeless, assisting the elderly, advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS, and supporting the Transgender community. Specifically, she sponsored the Equal Benefits Ordinance and the Broward County Vendor Preference Ordinance, which ensured equal benefits to all married couples. She is also proud of her continued dialogue and collaboration between the Transgender community and the Wilton Manors Police Department. Outside of her duties as Commissioner, Carson is a free-lance paralegal and a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University. She enjoys spending time with her partner Susan and horseback riding in her free time. I congratulate Commissioner Carson on her award and thank her for all her tremendous work for the South Florida LGBT community. I am proud to represent her in the 22nd District and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. ____________________