Government agencies from the city of Fort Lauderdale all the way to the White House are showing their support for LGBT people.
Last week, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission sent four resolutions to Tallahassee against bills going through the Florida legislature; the Broward County School Board did as well.
Even President Joe Biden has even expressed his disapproval of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as well as South Dakota’s signed trans athlete ban.
“I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are,” Biden tweeted in regards to Florida’s bill. “I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protection and safety you deserve.”
On Feb. 15, the Broward County School Board unanimously agreed to write a letter to the Florida legislature in support of LGBTQ students. The motion was brought forward by Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson.
“We value inclusion and respect in this district and we believe there should be that acceptance regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” she said.
Board Member Rosalind Osgood added, “I think our letter is very critical during this time that we take a position to show all of our students our love and support for them … Schools have to be a place for kids to feel safe and comfortable … We’re not backing down from something that is wrong.”
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission had a meeting the same evening, in which Commissioner Steve Glassman brought six walk-on resolutions that included resolutions against the following bills:
- SB 148/HB 7 Stop WOKE Activism Act: A bill introduced by Gov. Ron DeSantis that gives “businesses, employees, children and families tools to fight back against woke indoctrination.”
- SB 1834/HB 1557 “Don’t Say Gay:” A bill that prohibits discussions on sexuality and gender in schools.
- SB 1820/HB474 Discrimination in Healthcare: Allows healthcare providers to deny services based on religious, moral or ethical objections.
- SB 1300/HB1467 “Book Banning Bill:” Schools would be required to remove books or materials that a parent objects to.
The resolutions all passed without discussion with a 3-0 vote, with Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis leaving the dais prior to the resolutions being introduced and Commissioner Robert McKinzie refusing to vote. He told the commission, “I do not want to participate in resolutions period.”
In the past he has also not participated in voting on resolutions, calling them “a philosophical nothing piece of paper.” Moraitis has historically voted against resolutions in favor of more progressive social issues. She voted against a resolution opposing Texas’s controversial abortion law, another resolution in support of trans athletes, and went as far as asking a trans woman who spoke before the commission, “do you want to arm wrestle me?”
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