Florida

The Florida medical board committee approved a prospective rule that will ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth under the age of 18. (Getty) The Florida medical board committee approved a proposed rule banning gender-affirming medical care for trans youth, making it one step closer to reality.  A joint committee of the Florida board of medicine
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Pete Buttigieg thanked LGBTQ+ teen Zander Moricz for his “voice and adovacy” in the fight against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.(Paras Griffin/Getty for Essence) US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg sent a heartfelt letter to a teen activist who is part of a lawsuit challenging Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. Zander Moricz gained widespread media attention
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Governor Ron DeSantis signed the ‘Don’t Say Bill’ in March. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sarasota County teachers in west-central Florida must now out their students if they come out as LGBTQ+ to them under new guidance. The district released new guidance ahead of this school year to align with the state’s Parental Rights in Education
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ administration has demanded the state’s board of medicine bar young trans people from accessing live-saving healthcare. In a 2 June letter obtained by NBC News, DeSantis’ surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, urged the board to block young trans and gender non-conforming people from receiving gender-affirming healthcare. It follows and draws on ‘guidance’ issued
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Christina Pushaw, press secretary for governor Ron DeSantis, has been mocked online after falling for a fake “homophobic dog” story. (Twitter/@ChristinaPushaw/Instagram/@whitney_chewston) Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary has been ridiculed on social media after she tweeted a fake news story about a ‘homophobic’ dog.  On Monday (16 May), Christina Pushaw tweeted a screenshot of a
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis. (James Gilbert/Getty Images) Florida’s cruel crackdown on LGBT+ rights has deepened after governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill all but censoring queer topics in schools and workplaces. On top of the reviled ‘Don’t Say Gay‘ bill that blocks educators from discussing LGBT+ identities in K-12 schools, DeSantis signed the “Stop WOKE
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Jorge Diaz-Johnston. (Facebook/ Don Diaz-Johnston) The former roommate of Jorge Diaz-Johnston has been indicted as a suspect in the LGBT+ rights activist’s death by a Florida court. The Leon County grand jury indicted Steven Yinger, 36, on Thursday (14 April) on several charges concerning the death of Diaz-Johnston. Diaz-Johnston was last seen on 3 January, and
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Florida representative Randy Fine says he will introduce legislation to ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth in the state. (YouTube/WPTV News – FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast) A Florida Republican has vowed to introduce legislation next session that would criminalise gender-affirming care for trans youth in the state.  State representative Randy Fine said in
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New York Mayor Eric Adams Meets LGBTQ+ Advocates. (Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic) New York City mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday (4 April) a campaign of digital billboard ads in Florida denouncing the hateful ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. The ads will appear in five Florida cities and on social media. “Loud. Proud. Still allowed,” one ad
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People carry the Rainbow Flag as they participate in the Miami Beach Pride Parade along Ocean Drive on 19 September 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty/Joe Raedle) Florida Republicans have advanced the reviled “Don’t Say Gay” bill, bringing the controversial legislation a step closer to passing into law.  The state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed
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General view of atmosphere during the Miami Beach Pride Parade at Ocean Drive on 19 September 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty/Jason Koerner) An amendment to Florida House Bill 1557, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, would force school officials to out LGBT+ students to their parents. HB 1557, which passed through the House Judiciary
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on 8 February 2022 in Washington, DC. (Getty/Anna Moneymaker) President Joe Biden slammed a controversial Florida bill that would ban discussions of LGBT+ identities in classrooms. Biden denounced HB 1557/SB 1834, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, in a blazing post on social media
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Republican Florida state senator and Baptist funeral director Dennis Baxley said discussing LGBT+ issues was “social engineering”. (Florida Senate) The Florida Senate education committee has passed SB 1834, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussions about LGBT+ identities in the classroom. The bill, introduced by Republican state senator and Baptist funeral director Dennis
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The Real Housewives of Miami has announced its first out lesbian housewife, who’s married to tennis star Martina Navratilova Julia Lemigova will join the cast in season four when it begins on 16 December. A Russian former model who won the Miss USSR title in 1990, Lemigova is married to Czech-American former professional tennis player
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Alexus Braxton. (Facebook) Alexus ‘Kimmy Icon’ Braxton, a Black trans woman and “beloved daughter”, was found dead 4 February amid a surge of unrelenting violence that has left LGBT+ activists drained and alarmed. Braxton, 45, was killed in Miami, Florida, in an apartment complex in the northern Andover Lakes Estates neighbourhood. She was based in the
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Donald Trump-appointed judges reverved a vital ban on therapists offering conversion therapy – a denounced and debunked pseudosicenfitic practise – Friday (November 20), branding the ban “unconstititional”. Also called reparative therapy, medical organisations across the world have widely rejected the treatment as traumatising and psychologically scarring, especially to minors. In fact, the American Academy of
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The re-elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has vowed to stand up to hatred after facing horrific homophobic abuse on the campaign trail. Dean Trantalis, the city’s first openly gay mayor, was returned to office by voters on November 3, despite a night of mostly-difficult results for Democrats across Florida. Fort Lauderdale mayor was subjected
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A Florida appeals court has ditched vital LGBT+ discrimination protections in the middle of a global pandemic. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals struck down the law, which protected LGBT+ people’s right to public accommodation, employment and housing, in a ruling last Friday (May 1). Plaintiffs in the case argued that the LGBT+ protections, which
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PJ McClelland, from Florida, passed away from coronavirus on April 11. (Fox News) A 37-year-old non-binary person who passed away from coronavirus this week kept a heartbreaking online journal of their experience. PJ McClelland from Florida, who died on April 11, had gained hundreds of followers as they shared their experience of having COVID-19 through
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A group of men hugging at the Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach. At least one attendee in 2020 acquired the coronavirus, according to organisers. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) A guest at the annual LGBT+ fundraiser Winter Party Festival – packed with more than 10,000 queer attendees – in Florida has tested
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Last night Vanderpump Rules celebrated the annual SUR rite of passage: PRIDE! In order to survive in this alternate universe known as Lisa Vanderpump Land, which at this point is indistinguishable from Lisa Frank Land (and one will equally find themselves trapperkeeper’d), one must dress up in rainbow paraphernalia, endure hours of Scheana Marie warbling
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Even though Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd are constantly at odds, the Real Housewives of Orange County stars do have one habit in common. No, I’m not referring to their tendency to go for the jugular mid-argument. I’m actually talking about their shared habit of tweeting and deleting scathing remarks. Thankfully, screenshots exist. Hopefully, Kelly
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