PETERSBURG, FL — (04-14-23) — Equality Florida took the extraordinary step of issuing a travel advisory for the LGBTQ Community, women and minorities on Wednesday, when they issued a warning of the risks posed to the health, safety, and freedom of LGBTQ Americans traveling to Florida.

Equality Florida says it was prompted to issue the advisory after “the passage of laws that are hostile to the LGBTQ community, restrict access to reproductive health care, repeal gun safety laws, foment racial prejudice and attack public education by banning books and censoring curriculum.”

A spokesperson for anti-LGBTQ Gov. Ron DeSantis, said in a statement: “We aren’t going to waste our time worrying about political stunts. We will continue doing what is right for Floridians.”

Several bills in Florida’s GOP controlled legislature aims to restrict education, programming or curriculum relating to sexual orientation and/or gender identity in state schools and limit access to transgender health care for people under the age of 18.

Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has also permeated the state legislature, with one lawmaker calling transgender people “demons” and comparing them to “mutants” before apologizing for the statements.

Equality Florida is urging families to consider relocation, asking students to reconsider attending colleges and universities in the anti-LGBTQ state and recommending that conference and event hosts relocate out of state that is supportive of hate.

“While losing conferences, and top students who have written off Florida threatens lasting damage to our state, it is most heartbreaking to hear from parents who are selling their homes and moving because school censorship, book bans and health care restrictions have made their home state less safe for their children,” said Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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