Rev. Kathy Schmitz is a Unitarian Universalist minister and a vocal advocate for legislation to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. She also serves on the executive committee of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.
When the Pulse Nightclub shooting claimed the lives of 49 people, many of them LGBTQ, Rev. Schmitz provided counsel to a community in mourning. She watched as those who previously preached messages that were less than inclusive searched their hearts and changed. In the years since the shooting, Rev. Schmitz has urged the people of Florida to turn their heartbreak into action.
“Regardless of differences in beliefs and practices, a thread we share is the desire to treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated,” she said. “It is incumbent on people of faith, with their faith communities, to join together with others of goodwill to ensure that thousands of cases of discrimination that occur across the country each year are not seen in Florida.”