Nikki, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Fried dedicated to improving the health, safety, wealth and lives of all Floridians, including the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ Floridians. From promoting opportunities in agriculture to fighting discrimination and fraud targeting the LGBTQ+ community, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) stands ready to serve LGBTQ+ Floridians.

LGBTQ+ initiatives at FDACS

January 2019: One from Commissioner Frieds first act was to prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

March 2019: commissioner Fried appointed FDACS’ first LGBTQ Consumer Advocate to serve as the department’s liaison to the LGBTQ+ community in Florida, raise awareness of opportunities in the agribusiness and help fight discrimination and fraud against the LGBTQ+ community.

May 2020: commissioner Fried created a Diversity and Inclusion Work Group within the FDACS, a 12-member committee from diverse backgrounds and perspectives that reviews existing departmental policies and develops recommendations to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within the department.

September 2020: “Inclusion” was added to the department’s core values ​​of Professionalism, Commitment, Integrity, Innovation and Excellence.

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is a growing concern for all Florida residents because it is pervasive and has a powerful impact on a student’s well-being, social functioning and academic performance. LGBTQ+ students, or those perceived as such, are disproportionately subject to bullying and harassment. Section 1006.147, Florida Statutes, also known as the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, prohibits bullying or harassment of students or employees at a K-12 public school on school premises, at school-sponsored events, and over school computer networks.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help prevent bullying by speaking up, creating a safe school environment, and developing a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

Learn how to recognize bullying. Confront bullying safely. These are the keys to prevention.

Anti-Bullying Resources

General Resources

Resources for Educators

Resources for Parents

resources for youth

Additional Resources