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Florida Fights LGBTQ Censorship (Video)

By Charlotte Robinson, February 15, 2022

Equality Florida has launched the first of two television ads highlighting the disastrous impacts of Governor Ron DeSantis’ legislative agenda that threatens to turn Florida into a surveillance state & give the government broad license to censor conversations about American history, the origins of racism & injustice & the existence of LGBTQ people. The 30-second ads depict school life in the wake of the bills aimed at muzzling teachers & erasing LGBTQ families. Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director stated, “Not since the days of Anita Bryant have we seen such craven attempts by a leader to build political power by targeting & demonizing LGBTQ people. Governor DeSantis is pushing legislation to curb free speech, propagandize school curriculums & monitor classroom conversations, private workplaces & doctor’s offices -- all in order to outflank Donald Trump to the right & build an onramp to run for President in 2024. As a parent of a 10 year-old, these bills fail to protect my child & our family. It is a tool for the state to censor & that encourages lawsuits against schools as a means of intimidation.” The Don’t Say Gay bill (HB1557/SB1834) & the Stop WOKE Act (HB7/SB148) are being fast tracked through the legislature, despite overwhelming opposition from the state’s largest parents group the PTA, child welfare & medical experts & from educators who warn of the chilling effect & chaotic implications of the broadly written bills. Each bill would censor speech in classrooms across the state, effectively erasing large swaths of American history & society while designed to fuel the governor’s political ambitions, both bills will have profound impacts on LGBTQ people. WATCH   

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