Sandra Carlisi owns Elegant Events Catering in Gainesville and is a previous recipient of Equality Florida’s Equality Means Business Award, which honored Sandra for welcoming all people to her business, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity. Sandra continues to be an advocate for the LGBTQ community and believes strongly in the economic and business case for nondiscrimination protections.
“I’m proud to stand with over 1,450 businesses and companies in the Open Doors (Puertas Abiertas) program through Equality Florida,” Sandra said. “Businesses who sign on to Open Doors agree that all businesses should keep their doors open to all customers. We shouldn’t discriminate against people based on where they’re from, what they believe, what they look like or who they love. It’s not my job to judge them. It’s my job to treat a customer how I would want to be treated.”