Well. WTF. House Bill 1521 is literally frightening.
This is insane. Media literally had no idea or chose to NOT mention just exactly what all was happening in Florida.
In as short-form as possible, here's what's now "law" (term used loosely, as none of this is Constitutionally legal):
One law expands “Don’t Say Gay” to the 12th grade, bans books, and bans updating pronouns, making transition in a school environment much more difficult. Another uses obscenity laws to potentially target drag events, which has already led to pride parades being cancelled.
House Bill 1521 will effectively give second-class citizen status to transgender people in Florida. The wording of the bill states that if a cisgender person is in the bathroom with a transgender person, an employee can tell the transgender person to leave. Should the transgender person not leave immediately for any reason, they will be charged with criminal trespass, which can carry sentences of up to 1 year in jail.
This includes all buildings owned or leased by any governmental entity, educational institutions spanning from elementary schools to private colleges and universities, numerous hospitals owned by universities, many sports arenas, convention centers, city parks, beaches, airports, and more.
Senate Bill 254 bans gender affirming care for trans youth and bans nurse practitioners from providing gender affirming care to trans adults. SPEKTRUM Health, a provider in Florida, has indicated in an exclusive interview with Erin In The Morning that up to 80% of all gender care in the state is provided by nurse practitioners – a statistic in line with information provided by Planned Parenthood.
I can't even come up with words sufficient to describe DeSantis and his ignorant hate-filled knuckle-dragging followers. I hope every business and vacationer avoids Florida and the remaining sane people flee to other states. Let Florida become a trash heap of bigots and morons.
None of these bills make any damned sense. Utterly pointless.
But what scares me is that DeSantis is running for president in 2024. If he wins he'll spread this bullshit insanity to the entire country.