As a Republican, Jessica Fernandez knows that the impression some people have of her political party is one that is hostile toward LGBTQ people. However, for herself and so many other conservative Americans, LGBTQ equality is a fundamental, bipartisan issue. It’s a reflection of core conservative values. Jessica is passionate about this fight, working everyday to change this pervasive perception and bring LGBTQ protections into the conversation among conservatives. Jessica also continues work in her home state of Florida to pass a statewide nondiscrimination law there.
“As an American, as a conservative, I believe the ability to have success that comes through hard work shouldn’t be denied to anybody. This is not political,” Jessica said. “This is the human thing to do…the right thing to do. I want to be able to show legislators this is about ensuring that the American dream is accessible to all. At its core, this is an American value and a conservative value.”