“I’ll start off by saying, I told you so,” said Shevrin Jones, the first openly gay person elected to the Florida Senate, representing the 35th District. “At every step during the process of this legislation, I made it clear that what we’re doing is unconstitutional — interfering with the rights of individuals, with the rights of parents and what they want to do with their children.”
“This puts DeSantis’ hate and bigotry on full display,” Jones said. “I’d suggest the governor read the room and the amount of losses he’s experiencing right now.”
DeSantis continues to lean into his fight against “wokeness” and “gender ideology” as he attempts to court conservative voters, including members of politically influential groups, such as Moms for Liberty, a Florida group that has hundreds of chapters across the country.
Moms for Liberty has been at the forefront of battles that have drawn pushback from the LGBTQ community, including restricting access to books in school libraries and efforts to limit how school employees support transgender children who want to socially transition.
Critics of Moms for Liberty, including national civil-rights groups, said its focus has moved beyond pandemic-related learning issues toward embracing an anti-LGBTQ and anti-diversity agenda that has brought about measures in several states restricting what can be taught in schools and books they term objectionable being pulled from library shelves.
Such culture war issues have animated parts of the Republican base. Republicans are more likely to back restrictions in the teaching of systemic racism and gender-identity concepts than Democrats and independents, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in May.
A majority of Americans, however, do not favor banning books from school libraries if they contain content relating to sexual orientation or gender identity, the poll found.
And even for Republicans, as a top issue of concern, education falls well below topics such as the economy and immigration, the poll said.
Advocacy groups such as People For the American Way, ACT UP, Defense of Democracy and a Facebook-based effort called STOP Moms for Liberty organized protests in Philadelphia ahead of the Moms for Liberty conference.
A rally outside the hotel hosting the summit is planned for Friday morning when DeSantis is set to speak.
“This is not about ideology,” said Jazmyn Henderson, a transgender woman with ACT UP. “We are talking about trying to wipe a community of people out of existence, about trying to force us back into the shadows.”
Don't get me started on that grifter Katie Halper who made nice with Scott Ritter on Useful Idiots today -- that would be, though she didn't tell her viewers this, the thrice arrested Scott Ritter, the pedophile convicted in a court of law, the pedophile sent to prison, the pedophile who is now a registered sex offender.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:
Rachel Looker (USA TODAY) reports on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign:
In Norristown, Kennedy condemned the “toxic polarization that is really destroying our country.” Like his father in the 1960s, he lauds a similar crusade, but is instead campaigning on his belief that leaders in the Democratic Party today amplify division and push lies.
The junior Kennedy has his family's name but lacks his ancestors' popularity and is perceived differently in the public eye −in part for pushing anti-vaccine views that are at odds with what government agencies and prominent public health experts say. More diseases, like measles, can occur in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This early surgical intervention is still happening to kids, hence the need for more education. While the documentary certainly covers this trauma, it offers hope through the eyes of activists.
Everyone's story is different. Some people's parents discover they are intersex when they're born but others do not know until puberty or beyond. Roth Weigel, for example, had internal testes and a vagina at birth. The protocol was to remove the testes – effectively castrating her.
Intersex people are often told to keep quiet about their identities which can make living their lives tricky, especially when it comes to dating and sex. It's ultimately up to individuals whether they want to come out and feel safe to do so.
Even among progressive circles the word "intersex" leave many scratching their heads. Cohen says: "I was a little floored by how many people just in the dinner party conversations that you have ... including people that are in the therapy world are like, 'Oh, yeah, intersex? What's that again? Is that like trans or kind of like trans?' Come on people. Get it together!" (Granted, LGBTQ+ terminology has only become very mainstream the last decade or so.)
"There's a huge lack of information," Wall adds, "and there is ignorance, and there's also willful ignorance."
While the community is fighting for legislative change to protect intersex kids, they're also figuring out what intersex culture really looks like.
"There's enough time where trans people have been in community where there's trans culture. You can talk in a similar language. Intersex people haven't been together and healed enough to be able to understand what it means to be in joyful community with each other," Gallo says.
According to Telemundo Puerto Rico, Ortiz was shot to death early Sunday morning on the highway behind a university in Carolina, just east of the capital city of San Juan, where seven to eight bullet casings were identified at the scene. Although media reports have misgendered and deadnamed her, Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said the murder was being investigated as a transfemicide in a statement to Telemundo Puerto Rico.
“The agents are working on the investigation process that will lead to determining the true motive for death,” Figueroa told Telemundo. “As our duty dictates in all cases of violent deaths, we will not stop working until we clarify this death.”
It’s legislation that’s been closely watched by a self-described, life-long conservative Republican and his transgender son, who said it’s not external pressure, but an internal struggle.
“I did it because I knew it was the right, next-best thing in my life and I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t fully something that my heart and my mind and my spirit told me was the best thing for me,” said Ashton Colby. “So absolutely no pressure. And I’m so happy I did transition.”
“Transgender people, the folks that I’ve met, dear souls, young people trying to figure it out, you know, deep crisis,” said Rick Colby, Ashton’s father. “And a lot of times, it’s a spiritual crisis: ‘Who am I? Why am I here?’ And they’re trying to figure it out, and to see this assault wave of rhetoric against them…”
Rick Colby has been a loyal Republican since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, but he doesn’t recognize the party that’s expending so much time and energy opposing trans rights.
Despite DeSantis waging war on Disney however, the public appears to still have positive feelings toward the company.
In fact, nearly 50 percent of people surveyed in research for a Newsweek poll viewed Disney in a "favorable" or "very favorable" light.
In research conducted by Redfield and Wilton, 1,500 eligible U.S. voters were asked: "To what extent, if at all, do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Disney?"
A total of 46 percent of those polled said they had positive feelings about the company, with 20 percent saying they had a "very favorable" view and 26 percent saying their view of Disney was "favorable."
That is in comparison to 13 percent who had an "unfavorable" view of the company.
The poll which was carried out on June 25, found 11 percent of people had a "very unfavorable" view of Disney while 24 percent were on the fence with neither a "favorable nor unfavorable" opinion.
A further six percent of the respondents said they did not know what view they held of Disney.
The poll of popular opinion is not the only battle Disney is winning against DeSantis, its social media has also had a boost over the past month.
Disney gained 44,742 new Twitter followers in the 30 days up to June 21, bringing its total to almost 10.3 million, according to the social media statistics website Social Blade.
It witnessed a further boost on Instagram, where Disney gained 278,550 followers in the same amount of time. Disney's official Instagram account now has 37,975,982 followers, making it the 199th most followed account on the social media platform.