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.
ABC News affiliate – Orlando
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-
Welcome to the 1960’s.
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.
Via TMZ Sports:
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.
But as always we’ll keep you updated.
A Disney executive who “allegedly” helped pen Disney’s original non-involvement public response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, has decided to leave the company.
Via Inside The Magic:
“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.
This change-up in leadership comes a few months after the revelation that Disney which had always been a strong LGBT ally had supported Florida’s controversial bill. Eventually, The Walt Disney Company issued a formal statement disavowing the bill after much blowback, but in the end it too late to fully save face thus facing backlash from both the LGBT community and the extreme right wing GOP/Q.
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.
Is Morell playing the patsy and falling on the sword for Bob Chapek? This we may never know.
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.
Be warned. More attacks are coming.
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.
Remember: Disney IS NOT innocent. For such a staunch LGBT “ally” they had no problem throwing us under the bus when they felt it would be to their benefit.
“Weeks before The Walt Disney Co. took a stand against Florida’s contentious “Parental Rights in Education” law — which has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics — the theme park operator and entertainment conglomerate donated $190,000 to support Florida Republicans. The company gave $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida and $65,000 to a committee that helps elect GOP state senators, led by incoming state Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. All the donations, which were disclosed in new campaign filings Monday, arrived as the state legislative session was getting underway in January.
Trust no one. Not even a mouse.
Or in this case a RAT.