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Florida LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Fight Governor DeSantis’ DMV Policy: Fight Back! News

Orlando, FL – LGBTQ community leaders gathered outside SPEKTRUM Health on Monday, May 6 for a press conference demanding Governor Ron DeSantis and his Department of Motor Vehicle cronies reverse their new policy preventing trans Floridians from upgrading their IDs.

Organizers announced they will launch an all-out campaign to force the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to abandon its anti-trans policy and restore Floridians’ ability to change the gender markers on their IDs to reflect who they are. .

More than a dozen community organizations, including HOPE Community Center, Orlando for Gender Equality and Dream Defenders, rallied behind a banner that read: “DeSantis DMV. He abandons politics. IDs for everyone.” Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani also attended and pledged solidarity with the growing campaign. As journalists gathered to hear the announcement in front of the prominent LGBTQ health center, activists chanted “We will not return. Not a step back! and “We will not go back in time, being trans is not a crime.”

Jacob Muldoon, Orlando’s lead organizer for Gender Equality, spoke first and described the context of DeSantis’ latest attack on the LGBTQ community. He explained that community groups organized and mobilized in large numbers during the last legislative session. Through actions such as protests, letter-writing, deaths, and more, activists defeated 21 of 22 anti-LGBTQ bills attempting to advance in the Florida legislature. But now, faced with defeat, the Republican Party is pivoting toward undemocratic administrative rule changes.

Muldoon went on to say, “These policy actions by DeSantis and the Republican Party are unconstitutional and continue a trend in Florida violating federal laws like Real ID and Title IX. DeSantis and the Republican Party are dishonest actors, totally obsessed with their unpopular, hate-filled agenda. We must defend Orlando from Tallahassee.”

Well-known community organizer Shea Cutliff gave a powerful speech in which she stated, “As someone who transitioned very early, my ID was like a black American Express card. It was a ticket to so many things. I stopped being discriminated against before I even had a chance to interview for a job. “It was my chance to stand up for myself in a place as simple as a grocery store by presenting my identification with the appropriate gender marker reflected on it.”

Joey Knoll, founder and president of SPEKTRUM Health, also spoke out against DeSantis’ attempts to erase Florida’s trans population from public life. Knoll chided the right-wing governor, “regardless of what Ron DeSantis says, thinks or does: trans people have existed, trans people exist now, and trans people will continue to exist in the future. “No one asks for his permission.”

The coalition ended the conference with a call to action, pledging to mobilize and protest at DMVs across the state of Florida in the coming weeks.

#Orlando FL #LGBTQ rights #TransRights #TransLiberation #gay rights #Real ID #TitleIX #Desantis #