Florida State Director of Transgender Equality, Equality Florida
Gina Leigh Duncan
Gina Duncan was born Greg Pingston and lived as a man for 50 years. “Greg” transitioned to Gina in 2006. Greg was a standout football player in high school and earned a football scholarship to attend East Carolina University (ECU). Greg was the captain of an undefeated state championship football team at Merritt Island High School, an all-state middle linebacker and was class president and homecoming king at Merritt Island. In college, Greg was an all conference football player and elected Vice President of the Student Government Association at ECU.
Greg, now Gina, was a father of two, a husband, a brother and a son.
Gina Duncan was a leader in the Mortgage Banking industry in Orlando for 30 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Mid-Florida and Mortgage Bankers Association of Central Florida. Gina was President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Central Florida in 2005. She was with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage from1997 to 2011, and served as the Area Manager of Central Florida, and then promoted to Regional Manager for East Florida, overseeing 26 branches, over 250 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. While at Wells Fargo, Gina was Chair of the East Region of Wells Fargo’s employee resource group, PRIDE, for LGBT employees, overseeing 46 PRIDE chapters from Maine to Texas.
Gina also served on the Orlando Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. She chaired the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Career and Wellness Fair events. Gina was elected President of the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA), the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Orlando. She was the first transgender person to serve as President of a major chamber of commerce in the country. She was the President of MBA's Come Out With Pride event, which annually draws over 100,000 people to the Orlando area. Gina was invited to attend the first ever Human Rights Campaign’s National Women’s Diversity Leadership Conference, and also served on the
HRC National Business Council. Gina served on the Board of
Directors and Steering Committee of Equality Florida and on the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Alliance, which has been instrumental in passing the Orange County Human Rights Ordinance as well as a Domestic Partnership Registry in both the City or Orlando and Orange County. Gina recently ran for County Commissioner garnering 40% of the vote in an unsuccessful bid for county office.
In 2014, Gina became Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director embarking on a career in corporate transgender inclusion training and consulting. Gina has trained major corporations across the United States and was a guest speaker at the Global Summit on Human Rights in Milan, Italy sponsored by the Harvey Milk Foundation. Gina is now recognized as a national and international speaker on transgender inclusion in the work place.
Gina chairs Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Initiative, TransAction Florida, which is comprised of a 30 member advisory board from all over the state of Florida. TransAction advocates for transgender rights and protections through public policy, advocacy and education efforts statewide.
She is now a national and international advocate, corporate trainer and speaker specializing in transgender dynamics in the workplace and classroom. She has worked with major corporations, elected officials, school boards, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations to improve knowledge and understanding of the transgender journey and the development of competencies in supporting transgender people in the workplace, educational environments and in various organizations.
She provides knowledge of the dynamics of the transgender community, with the belief that embracing diversity in the workplace increases productivity, provides a corporate competitive advantage, and increases economic development in society.
Gina has served as a subject matter expert on LGBTQ equality and inclusion issues, providing Diversity and Inclusion Trainings to employers, the media, law enforcement, school districts and the health care community across the nation.