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The Human Rights Campaign Warns LGBTQ+ People Against Visiting Florida
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The Human Rights Campaign Warns LGBTQ+ People Against Visiting Florida

The largest LGBTQ+ rights organization in the U.S. issued a Florida travel/relocation advisory Tuesday. This comes as newly passed Florida legislation may pose a threat to minorities according to the organization. The Human Rights Campaign’s travel advisory comes just days after the NAACP and the League for United Latin American Citizens issued similar warnings.  The LGBTQ+ advocacy group stated that they aren’t calling for a boycott of the Sunshine State. They claim that the purpose of the advisory is to highlight new policies that have been passed by the Florida GOP, that they consider to be “hostile” to the LGBTQ+ community. The Human Rights Campaign also criticized recent efforts by the DeSantis administration to restrict abortions and to allow Floridians to carry concealed we...
NAACP Warns Against Visiting Florida in New Travel Advisory 
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NAACP Warns Against Visiting Florida in New Travel Advisory 

According to the organization, Florida is “openly hostile” to the LGBTQ+ community & people of color. The NAACP issued a travel advisory Saturday claiming that the Ron DeSantis administration has made “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.” The travel advisory comes just days after LULAC (the League of United Latin American Citizens) issued a similar one in response to DeSantis’ new immigration law.  In the advisory, the NAACP warns that “Florida is openly hostile towards African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.” “Before traveling to Florida, please understand the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African American...
7 Openly LGBTQ+ Candidates Win Their Primaries in Florida
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7 Openly LGBTQ+ Candidates Win Their Primaries in Florida

In the aftermath of Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill, seven candidates that are openly LGBTQ+ won their primaries Tuesday night. LGBTQ+ representation in the Florida legislature will triple if they are able to beat their republican rivals in November. The candidates are running for state House or Senate seats in Florida and have advanced to the general election in November.  Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis, who’s responsible for signing the “don’t say gay” bill into law, also won his primary last night. The bill bans “instruction” about gender identity or sexual orientation for students in kindergarden through the third grade “or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” The law also requires educators to...
Florida School Asks LGBTQ Students To Leave
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Florida School Asks LGBTQ Students To Leave

Christian school in Valrico announced that it will only refer to students by their “biological gender” as it appears on their birthcertificate. While also stating that gay, transgender or non-gender conforming students" will be asked to leave the school immediately." The email announcement was sent to parents on June 6 with the subject title “Important School Policy Point of Emphasis. … Please Read." The email was obtained by NBC news and was reportedly written by Barry McKeen who serves as the administrator of Grace Christian School in Valrico, 20 miles east of Tampa."We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the c...
Gay Patron Disarms Man That Brought Grenade Into Gay Bar
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Gay Patron Disarms Man That Brought Grenade Into Gay Bar

Surveillance footage shows how former marine save fellow patrons at Gay bar in Florida after man entered with a grenade this week. Former marine, Darrel Darling, used his military experience to disarm the man and hold him until police arrived on the scene. Last Tuesday evening, an unidentified man went to “The Corner Pub” in Wilton Manors Florida and put a grenade on the bar before telling the bartender that his car was full of guns. Darling overheard the conversation and decided to step in. Rather than attempting to physically disarm the man, Darling struck up a conversation in order to distract him. Darling stated that he quickly realized that the man was agitated and that he thought the grenade looked real. While the former active-duty marine diverted the man, the bartender was abl...
The NFL’s First Openly Gay Player Signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The NFL’s First Openly Gay Player Signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carl Nassib, NFL’s first active player to come out as gay, has been recruited by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nassib made history by coming out last year and has now found a team for the upcoming season which starts in one month. Reports indicate that the player has signed on for a one-year deal with the Tampa team. Nassib will be brought to reinforce the teams’ defense as they’ve parted ways with Jason Pierre-Paul. Nassib came out in an Instagram video last year and followed the announcement with a donation of $100,000 to the Trevor Project. The upcoming season marks Nassib’s 7th season in the NFL and his return to Tampa after playing for the Raiders in Las Vegas. This will be Nassib’s second time playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he previously played for the team in 2018 and 2019....
Poll: Florida’s LGBTQ and Ally Voters Aren’t Feeling Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Poll: Florida’s LGBTQ and Ally Voters Aren’t Feeling Gov. Ron DeSantis

As students in Florida return to class, school officials are figuring out how the implementation of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill will affect students and their ability to do their job. The new laws are banning LGBTQ-related conversation in class, books are removed from shelves and state leaders are targeting gender-affirming healthcare, despite the fact that every major medical association supports it as safe and lifesaving for transgender youth. While targeting LGBTQ youth might make Gov. DeSantis popular in certain circles, the LGBTQ community and its allies are undoubtedly an integral part of the Florida electorate. GLAAD conducted a poll among LGBTQ and ally voters in Florida and found that 71% believe the laws' intent is to attack LGBTQ people; 70% say the laws are emotionally damagin...
Anti-LGBTQ Hate Online Increases After Florida’s Enactment of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
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Anti-LGBTQ Hate Online Increases After Florida’s Enactment of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Research that studied social media trends found that hateful rhetoric towards people of the LGBTQ+ community rose after Florida passed the “don’t say gay” law. A bill that prohibits the instruction of gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarden through the third grade. According to the study released by the Human’s Rights Campaign, references to “pedophiles” & “grooming” increased by more than 400% in the month after the bill was passed. The researchers revealed in the study that they reported 100 of the most heinous tweets that they saw to Twitter but only one was removed. In the report, experts consulted by the Human’s Rights Campaign warn that an increase in online hate can reflect a rise in offline violence and hate. Adding that the normalization of anti-L...
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” Goes into Effect Today
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Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” Goes into Effect Today

Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, also known as the “don’t say gay bill,” goes into effect today. Meaning that public school districts in Florida now have begun rolling out policies that limit educators’ ability to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and identities in the classroom. School officials in Florida have already been accused of verbally warning teachers to remove photos of same-sex partners, rainbow articles of clothing and any pride or allyship related stickers from schools. The School District of Palm Beach have sent teachers questionnaires asking them to review materials for content that references sexual orientation, gender identity or race.  The bill bans “instruction” about gender identity or sexual orientation for students in kindergarden through the third grade “...
Andrew Gillum Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy & Fraud
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Andrew Gillum Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy & Fraud

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum is facing a federal indictment on conspiracy & fraud charges.  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed their 21-count indictment against him and his former campaign advisor Lettman-Hicks. The indictment accuses the two of illegally directing funds from Gillum’s campaign to Lettman-Hicks’ private company.  Gillum’s legal defense team denies the fraud & conspiracy claims. One of the charges Gillum is facing has to do with a 2016 trip to New York and the tickets he received to go see the play Hamilton. This comes as these were paid for by an undercover F.B.I agent posing as a developer saying that he wanted Gillum’s assistance with project approvals.  The scandal-ridden politician ran for governor of Flo...