Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: A federal judge has dismissed a suit against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. U.S. District Judge Wendy Berger (a Trump appointee) said in her ruling that bullying in school, which the plaintiffs expressed concerns about, “is simply a fact of life.”
• Florida Politics: Threats from neo-Nazi groups in Florida prompted the cancellation of a sold-out drag queen story hour at the LGBT+ Center Orlando.
Important read from @monivettec today:
“Drag Queen Story Hour is not about sexualization … it is reading to children stories about love and acceptance … I think that these people who actually threatened violence could learn a lot from attending.”https://t.co/2IkEvS0saY
— Katie Rice (@katievrice) October 24, 2022
• Washington Blade: A proposal that would have codified the ability of same-sex couples in Slovakia to register their partnership; granted inheritance rights, decisions regarding medical care, and compensation in the event of death or injury at work, was rejected by the country’s Parliament this past • week.
• Back2Stonewall: 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.
• Twitter: I can remember when politicians didn’t go near Pride parades because, you know, homophobia. But now we have allies in political circles like Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) who not only attend our events but tell the world with pride.
Orlando showed its true colors at this year’s Pride parade. I couldn’t be happier to celebrate love and freedom with our LGBTQ+ community. 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/MgIZvCAtxf
— Val Demings (@valdemings) October 23, 2022