Gay Commissioner Boycotts FTL Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

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The South Florida LGBTQ community is planning to protest the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Friday morning.

Members of the LGBTQ community are opposed to the event’s keynote speaker Jim Daly from Focus on the Family, a Christian conservative ministry.

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The night before the prayer breakfast City Commissioner Dean Trantalis, who is openly gay, announced that he would not attend the 55the annual event because of Daly.

The religious group believes in gay conversion therapy and opposes marriage equality and transgender rights.

“I would not want any hint of perception that I was condoning the work of Focus on the Family or helping provide Mr. Daly a platform. It is truly unfortunate that Mr. Daly was invited to be the keynote speaker when the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast should be a place for bringing all segments of Fort Lauderdale together in a spirit of peace and harmony”, said Commissioner Dean Trantalis.

The prayer breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday while protesters plan to rally beginning at 7 a.m.

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