Florida Governor and Anti-Christ. Ron DeSatan DeSantis argued on Tuesday that DirecTV was guilty of “intellectual discrimination” because it dropped Newsmax, a conservative propaganda “news” station
DeSantis was asked if DirecTV should be investigated at the state level over the cancellation after accusing Direct TV of using an “ideological litmus test” to oust Newsmax..
Via Raw Story:. “They have so much other content that is very lightly viewed and yet they keep that on,” he said, “and it seems it’s the One America News and the Newsmax who are being targeted. So, I think it does warrant investigation.”
DeSantis went on to say that it should even be investigated by Congress: I think they need to ensure that there is not intellectual discrimination going on when it comes to what people are able to view.”
Newsmax is currently facing a lawsuit from voting machine company Smartmatic, which has also gone after OANN and Fox, while one of its hosts comes under fire for claiming COVID vaccines make recipients bioluminescent.
Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a slate of changes to Florida’s university system on Tuesday that could shake up diversity, equity and inclusion programs as well as faculty tenure at campuses across the state. https://t.co/j3XYwkgbK3
Orlando Police are investigating the breaking of windows of an Orlando gay bar were broken in the early hours of Wednesday morning the incident has labeled a “hate crime.”
Via Bungalower.com: An individual was caught on security cameras in front of The District Dive between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. The video, which you can watch below, clearly shows a hooded individual walking past the windows, which shatter just a few seconds later, while they are off-camera. Orlando Police were informed of the incident at 9:07 a.m.
The District Dive is part of the larger Southern Nights Complex, which houses Southern Craft and Southern Nights, all of which are well-known LGBT+ venues.
In Decemeber 2022 the FBI on Monday released its tally of hate crimes, but the report falls dramatically short: In Florida: only two of 757 law enforcement agencies in that state submitted data via the new portal and only one hate crime was reported.
The office of Florida Gov. DeSantis (R) has confirmed that the governor is supportive of extending the stipulations of the state’s Don’t Say Gay law – known formally as the Parental Rights in Education Act to the 6th. Grade (10 – 11 year olds)
Via City Watch: DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin then said that “The governor would certainly consider the merits of such a bill in final form if it comes to his desk as a product of the forthcoming legislation session.” Griffin said DeSantis often expresses his belief that “the purpose of our education system is to educate kids, not indoctrinate kids.”
In December, it was revealed that DeSantis helped members of the anti-LGBT+ group Moms for Liberty get elected to local school boards in his state. and DeSantis appointed the far-right anti-LGBT activist Christopher Rufo to the board of trustees of the New College of Florida – a school with a reputation for being progressive in hopes of starting to stack the board with more conservative trustees. Rufo claims that American schools were “hunting grounds” for teachers, and that “parents have good reason” to worry about “‘grooming’ in public schools.”
The Daily Beastreports: In the name of “curriculum transparency,” Florida’s Republican-controlled state government has appointed several anti-gay and anti-mask conspiracy theorists to take charge of a new effort at public schools: banning books. This hastily assembled censorship council—tasked with retraining public school librarians to abide by new restrictions—is the latest ploy in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ crusade to upend the state’s education system. The council was also staffed under suspicious circumstances, with the state Education Department ignoring its own call for official candidates from local school districts and instead filling most of the slots with right-wing activists who have a history of proposing book bans. Michelle Beavers’ bona fides consist of right-wing activism. She leads the local chapter of Moms for Liberty, a MAGA contingent that has antagonized her school board for years.
The month after the Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, aka the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, on March 8th. anti-LGBT hate speech has surged online to over 406%.
Via NBC NEWS: On March 28, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed the bill into law, there was also a marked increase in the use of the “#OKGroomer” hashtag, which the report said was often used as a derogatory response to tweets from LGBTQ educators, organizations and health care providers, among others. On the day after DeSantis signed the bill, “OK groomer” tweets peaked with 9,219 total, or about one every nine seconds, the report found. Tweets from just 10 people — including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ press secretary — were viewed an estimated 48 million times and were “responsible for driving” the “grooming” narrative, researchers found. “We’re in the middle of a growing wave of hate and demonization targeting LGBTQ+ people — often distributed digitally by opportunistic politicians and so-called ‘influencers’ for personal gain,” Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate
Researchers collected a sample of 989,547 tweets that were posted between Jan. 1 and July 27 and that mentioned the LGBTQ community alongside words including “groomer” and “pedophile.” They found that an average of 6,607 tweets a day used such rhetoric in the month after the bill passed, a significant increase from 1,307 tweets the month before.
Representatives for Orange County teachers sounded alarm bells Monday after word spread from principals that Orange County Public Schools would impose strict restrictions on classroom behavior after Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, a.k.a the “Don’t Say Gay” law, took effect. According to representatives of the county’s teacher association, teachers and staff members will be disallowed from wearing rainbow articles of clothing, including lanyards distributed by the district last year. Elementary-level teachers reported being discouraged from putting pictures of their same-sex spouse on their desk or talking about them to students. “Safe Space” stickers aimed at LGBTQ students may have to be removed from doors, teachers will have to report to parents if a student “comes out” to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow, the CTA reported.
In April, Jeremy Baldwin has been teaching at Booker High School in Sarasota for the last five and a half years was forced to remove his rainbow “COEXIST” flag in his classroom, because it was “political” in nature.
This is heinous. And what’s even worse is that there is still no national or statewide law that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in Florida. This means that, according to state law, it is legal to fire someone, evict them from housing, or deny them service at a restaurant just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender..
Still waiting on that 45 year old Equality Act to pass Congress. -smh-
5 Tampa Bay D’bags Rays players (all pitchers, no catchers.) refused to wear the Gay Pride logo on their uniforms this weekend — saying their religious beliefs wouldn’t allow it, but also saying they love and accept everyone.
Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson. On Saturday, during the team’s Pride Night celebration, they reportedly ditched the custom jerseys/hats featuring rainbow-colored lettering and instead opted for standard unis. The reason … “faith-based” purposes. Adam explained … “So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”
Unclear what fallout, if any, may come from this. It is Florida after all.
“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell said in a letter to his team that CNBC has obtained. “After talking this over with [Disney CEO] Bob [Chapek], I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
Disney is claims that it was Morrell who guided Disney and CEO Bob Chapek to publicly explain why it hadn’t taken a public stand on Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Morrell (a former BP executive) will be replaced by former President Biden appointee Kristina Schake who was hired earlier this month and will lead Disney’s communications efforts, reporting directly to Chapek. Schake will have “oversight for corporate and segment communications and continue to be our chief spokesperson,” Chapek said in a note to Disney staff.
What we do know is that Disney has a long way to go to make amends to the LGBT community because the passage and signing into law of Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill emboldened the GOP and the is just the start of a war against what rights we have been able to gain so far.
Boing Boing reported on a viral TikTok video that shows a couple shouting homophobic slurs being forced to deboard a flight in West Palm Beach, Florida (of course).
“The woman cries ‘free speech is dead!’, gloats on the knowledge that her refusal to voluntarily deplane will result in the flight being delayed, then returns to muttering racist nonsense before delivering some impromptu praise for Elon Musk, ‘the f**king king,'” reported Rob Beschizza. “The disquisition on free speech continues as she declares her intention to sue the other passengers for their grumbled criticisms. ‘Hey, I guarantee I make more money than you buddy! We’re going to get [kicked] off the plane because we’re Trump supporters. Seriously, I really think that’s what it is!”
Yea. I’m sure the 10 Bloody Mary’s, low IQ, and obnoxious sense of entitlement had nothing to do with it.
Here’s the same obnoxious couple at the airport in West Palm Beach, FL after being removed from the plane 🤡 pic.twitter.com/dw74lhPYTn
Members of a Ukrainian refugee family appeared in a South Florida courtroom on Wednesday. That’s where they are facing hate crime and attempted murder charges for an alleged family ambush against a gay man. Police say Oleh Makarenko was in a nine-month homosexual relationship, which would end with his lover being beaten so badly by Makarenko’s family that the victim became blind. Authorities allege that Oleh Makarenko, who is also known as Alex, was being forced to marry a woman by his mother. On Aug. 6, three members of the Makarenko family barged into the victims home, according to police. A police report stated that, “All four of the suspects continued holding him and began punching, kicking, and hitting him all over his face and body.”
While in the war between Russia and the Ukraine we are all hoping that the Ukraine wins. But the Ukraine, like Russia is a very dangerous place to be LGBT.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the Ukrainian LGBT community has gradually become more visible and more organized politically. But it is still a place of extreme prejudice thanks to the Eastern Orthodox Church, which has a significant influence on the perception by society of members of the LGBT community.