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LGBT 'state of emergency' declared by nation's largest gay advocacy group due to Gov. DeSantis' 'dangerous policies' of 'bigotry' and 'hate'
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LGBT 'state of emergency' declared by nation's largest gay advocacy group due to Gov. DeSantis' 'dangerous policies' of 'bigotry' and 'hate'

The largest "LGBTQ Advocacy Group" in the United States partnered with a similar group in Florida to issue a travel advisory for the state, declaring that "LGBTQ+ people" are in a daily "state of emergency due" to Governor Ron DeSantis and his policies.

Equality Florida announced its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, an umbrella company for both a nonprofit organization and a political action committee, and declared Florida to have the "most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in history."

The announcement specified that it is not a "blanket recommendation against travel nor a call for boycott," but rather a "travel advisory" that warns different LGBT groups about the state's "devastating impacts" caused by laws "that are hostile to the LGBTQ community."

Among these laws, according to the announcement, are Florida's stances on abortion, guns, public education, and "banning books and censoring curriculum." The advisory insists that the warnings are for families to make the "best decisions for themselves."

“Because of Ron DeSantis and his frenzied appeal to extremists, LGBTQ+ people in Florida are finding themselves in a state of emergency every single day," said Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "Since the day he took office, Governor DeSantis has weaponized his position to weave bigotry, hate, and discrimination into public law for his own political gain," the activist continued.

Nadine Smith, Equality Florida's executive director, called Governor DeSantis' policies "right-wing extremism."

“Governor Ron DeSantis has inflicted deep and lasting damage upon our state, eroding the fundamental rights of our residents and visitors while exploiting the word ‘free’ as a hollow campaign slogan," she stated.

The advocacy groups followed a recent trend of travel advisories, similar to that of the NAACP, which declared that the state is not friendly to black people. That board of directors claimed Florida has made "aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools."

As well, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even warned that DeSantis' "ultra-MAGA Florida isn't safe for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or even multi-billion dollar corporations."

The Human Rights Campaign president urged readers to work and take vacations outside Florida and for those individuals to "make clear why they're not heading" to the "Sunshine State."

The groups also encouraged Floridians to purchase goods from businesses that have "implemented LGBTQ inclusive nondiscrimination in their policies."

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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