Until Ron DeSantis’ election, I thought respect for Miami-Dade and Broward’s tourist-generating income — hell, let me include Orange, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties too — would keep Florida fascist legislators from yielding to their basest impulses. Florida (the state with the prettiest name!) may yet come through, preventing this horror story in Kentucky from repeating itself:
“It’s like they’re being shadow-banned,” Christine Latin, one of five faculty sponsors of the GSA at MacArthur, said of the student group. Latin, a dance instructor, said she plans to resign after this school year over the district’s handling of the issue.
“They’re not going to come out outright and say, ‘Don’t say gay,’” she said of the school administration, “but they’re going to make it as difficult as possible for you to be allowed to express yourself or even learn about how you feel, who you are and your identity.”
It all started with teachers posting small rainbow stickers — long a symbol of the gay pride movement — outside their classrooms to show students that they were LGBTQ allies. In August, the administration required that all the stickers come down, later explaining in a statement to NBC News that decorations in classrooms, hallways or offices must be “curriculum driven and neutral in viewpoint” to “ensure that all students feel safe regardless of background or identity.”
“The damage that was done by scraping them down was far worse than just never having them in the first place,” said Rachel Stonecipher, an English and journalism teacher, and another of the GSA sponsors, who was placed on administrative leave in September and barred from communicating with teachers or students.
Eh, probably not. I won’t even submit to the trouble of recounting the story; y’all know what I refer to:
Attendees at the Thursday event praised the governor, calling him “the most pro-life governor in the country.”
Supporters of the bill have said 15 weeks would be enough time to make the decision to receive an abortion.
“Being a parent even when you want your child is fundamentally a sacrifice. But it is a privilege. It is a gift that God has given us all. It is the highest gift that he can give us,” Rep. Randy Fine (R) said. “You’ve got two sets of rights that are fundamentally in conflict. You’ve got the right of a woman to do what she wants with her body. And you have the right of a baby to exist. And both of these rights cannot exist at the same time.”
I came close to tears today when I considered the number of relatives who regard the future of their grandchildren as a lodestar but vote for sadists whose mission is to destroy their grandchildren and me.