This legislative session has set the record as one of the most hostile and dangerous sessions in our history as we are now facing eight anti-LGBTQ bills. These laws cause outright harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and threaten our local community’s ability to self-govern.
COMMITTEE HEARINGS TO REPEAL EXISTING PROTECTIONS
A committee hearing is being held today in the House’s Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee for House Bill 305 sponsored by Rep. Bob Rommel of Naples and Senate Bill 1126 sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota. This bill aims to repeal employment protections currently covered by local ordinances. These bills threaten city and county nondiscrimination ordinances that protect more than 13 million Floridians from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
UPCOMING DANGEROUS BILLS WITH NO HEARING SET YET IN EITHER CHAMBER
Lawmakers will also consider additional ways to allow the dangerous practice of conversion therapy within the home setting. House Bill 537 sponsored by Rep. Byron Donalds of Naples and Senate Bill 778 sponsored by Sen. Keith Perry of Sarasota supports conversion therapy in a home setting regardless of the current bans enacted by cities and counties that have already instituted protections.
Lastly, House Bill 1365 sponsored by Rep. Anthony Sabatini of Howey-in-the-Hills and Senate Bill 1864 sponsored by Sen. Dennis Baxley of Lady Lake makes providing gender-affirming medical care to transgender youth a second-degree felony for doctors who provide these lifesaving treatments to transgender youth.
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN 2020
With the 2020 legislative session being most dangerous yet, just two days in, to the LGBT community it is clear the stakes are high in 2020. SAVE remains committed to protecting LGBT people from discrimination and dangerous laws. Throughout 2020, we will continue to focus on electing pro-equality leaders by increasing turn-out from pro-equality voters. This is the only way to ensure we no longer have to endure dangerous legislation like we are seeing this year in Tallahassee.
Elections matter. Elections have consequences. SAVE will work hard over the next few years to ensure we elect pro-equality legislators to ensure that the LGBT community is protected.