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FLORIDA - Tampa Cancels PRIDE Festival After DeSantis Signs ‘Anti-Drag’ Bill.

FLORIDA – Tampa Cancels PRIDE Festival After DeSantis Signs ‘Anti-Drag’ Bill.

Drag Queens banned. Pride events are canceled. Will not even ONE Florida city’s LGBT community stand up to DeSantis and tell him to Sashay Away?

On Thursday, Tampa Pride President Carrie West confirmed that the organization will not host its Pride on the River event this year after a bill concerning “adult live performances” was signed into law Wednesday by Florida dictator Governor Ron DeSantis.

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports:

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB-1438, titled “Protection of Children,” into law in Tampa on Wednesday. The bill allows the state to “fine, suspend, or revoke the license of any public lodging establishment or public food service establishment if the establishment admits a child to an adult live performance.”
Organizers were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to restrict who sees the performances since the event takes place in such a large, open area. Rather than risk the licenses of participating businesses, organizers canceled the event altogether.

Handouts from the governor’s news conference Wednesday stated that drag shows are considered adult live performances “without serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for the age of the child present,” according to the text of the bill.

“It’s disappointing to hear Tampa Pride on the River is canceled,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in response to the news. “But it doesn’t change the fact that Tampa is and always will be an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community.”

Tampa Pride Parade is still scheduled to take place next spring.

But will it be prideful? Because as of right now Florida seems to have no PRIDE.

Please, all LGBTQ and Allies. Sign on, share, and participate in a Boycott of Florida travel, tourism, and products.

Ohio High School Students Forced To Remove T-shirts Reading “Straight but Supportive”

Celina High School in Ohio last week ordered 20 students to remove t-shirts reading “Straight but Supportive” because they claimed the shirts were “political” and  disruptive despite the fact that students involved pointed out that her peers often where pro-life shirts, pro-Romney shirts or apparel that claims President Obama is a socialist.

Said school Superintendent Jesse Steiner:

“The only reason they would be told that they couldn’t wear something is if it is a disruption of the educational process, or if it’s not allowed in the handbook. And there’s a line in our handbook about drawing undue attention to yourself.”

Celina High School just hosted GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. So the claims of “political disruption” therefore are entirely partisan.

Both Celina High School and the students are calling in their respective lawyers to settle this in court.

Bigotry and homophobia in Ohio?  What a shocker!

Celina High School’s phone number is (419) 586-8300 – You know what to do.

2 Wounded As First Kyiv, Ukraine Pride Parade Cancelled After Threats From The Ultra Right

Two Ukranian LGBT activists were beaten up and tear gassed by a dozen youths in central after the first ever Kyiv, Ukraine Pride Parade was abruptly cancelled just 30 minutes vefore its start time today after Ukranian Police advised pride organizers that 500 ultra-right football hooligans were en route to the rally point with the intention of breaking it up and preventing the march from going ahead.

Senior Kyiv police officials had previously told pride organizers that he was not prepared to put his officers in harm’s way for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

“It has been clear from the start that the Kyiv police department did not want this march to go ahead. Their reluctance to commit to the event and to put adequate security measures in place to protect demonstrators left organizers fearing for their safety,” said Max Tucker, Ukraine campaigner at Amnesty International.

The Ukraine parliamentary committee is currently working on a bill that like the one recently passed in St. Petersburg, Russia would restrict the distribution of and access to information “promoting homosexuality” and would amend several laws including the law on protection of public morals, the law on print media, the law on television and radio broadcasting, the law on publishing and the Criminal Code.

If passed the bill would directly discriminate against Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual individuals in the exercise of their right to freedom of expression.