Women We Love 2022: Michele Rayner

Michele Rayner

by Michele Rayner

Michele Rayner made history in 2020 when she was elected as the first openly queer Black member of the Florida Legislature. As a civil rights and social justice attorney, Rayner is no stranger to advocating for underserved communities. In fact, she has dedicated her life to fighting for justice and has established herself as an exemplary leader in the pursuit of equitable change. Growing up, Rayner’s parents set a laudable example of what it means to be a community leader. Watching her parents work tirelessly for underserved communities inspired Rayner’s career. “My family has a history of serving our community, breaking barriers, and holding public office,” she tells GO. “That type of demonstrative leadership has influenced my advocacy and commitment to transformative change.” With an indomitable drive for equity and a passion for serving others, Rayner is filing for reelection to the state’s legislature. She aspires to take on the system that has been designed to put people of color at a disadvantage, with plans to advance legislation that addresses disparities in income, education, voting rights, and health both in her community and throughout the country. “I have a vision of our country living up to the promises of all of us being created equal,” she says, “and having justice for all.” –LC

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