Insiders Update: October 29, 2015

Insiders Update
Posted at 12:00 AM, Oct 30, 2015
and last updated 2017-12-13 05:24:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--In an Insiders update, we take a look back at two reports focusing on the LGBT community.

One revisits opposition to gay marriage, while the other reflects on the transgender community and life of celebrity Caitlyn Jenner.

In August, we brought you a closer look at the gay rights movement in the area.

While marriage equality has been legalized nationwide, some Florida lawmakers have introduced bills they say protect religious freedom.

One of those bills is the Pastor Protection Act. State Senator Aaron Bean, R-4th District, co-sponsored the bill in August.

"It's sad that we're here, sad that we're here, but in the age of where we are, we want to make sure that our religious institutions, particularly our pastors, are protected when they choose who to marry," said Sen. Bean.

Last week, state Rep. Julio Gonzalez introduced House Bill 401.

In part, the bill would protect a person, religious institution or business owned by one from being liable, for refusing to serve a customer based on a religious or moral conviction.

Similar bills have been passed in Mississippi, Indiana and Arkansas.

The bill has been filed for the 2016 legislative session.

On a couple of occasions this year, we spoke with members of the transgender community in Tallahassee about what it might mean for others here locally if a very famous retired athlete and TV personality changed genders.

The former Bruce Jenner spoke with ABC's diane sawyer in an exclusive interview and said that would be the last interview as "Bruce."

A transgender woman who lives in Tallahassee said the interview shed a light on transgender issues.

"Society has not accepted us fully yet," said Margeaux Mutz, a transgender woman.

In an Insiders update, Caitlyn Jenner is living the life she wanted.

Margeaux Mutz says Jenner has illuminated the fact that transgender people exist and has brought the conversation to the forefront.

Mutz says her chat group on the topic that started several years ago with just a couple people in attendance has grown in the last few months to about 30 people or more.

The meetings are filled with parents and allies. Mutz says public figures like Jenner help people understand they are not alone. Her chat group meets at Waterworks on Thomasville Road the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. 

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