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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Florida GOP bullies its most vulnerable children

 The Florida House came up with a solution without a problem, which includes girls' genitals being inspected by a stranger. The GOP just said to children, want to play a sport? Then be ready to show your privates.

The Florida GOP, a gerrymandered bunch, isn't about solving problems or making things better; it's about exercising its power to gin up its base. The state is so gerrymandered to assure them victory that they don't need to, which just makes their latest effort to punch trans children, for checks notes, being trans children is based on sure meanness.  

From First Coast News,

 Florida lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would ban transgender girls from participating in women's sports.

HB 1475 passed the House by a 77-40 vote.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, is dubbed the “Fairness In Women’s Sports Act.” It would make participation in athletics contingent on determining a student’s “biological sex.” If a student-athlete were to be challenged, confirmation would have to be sought from a health care provider that they are female, which could include a doctor examining their genitals.

State Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, who similarly introduced SB 2012 in the Senate, would allow transgender girls to participate in girls' sports but would need to reach the same testosterone standard of the Olympics.

Neither she nor Tuck could cite an instance when interviewed by the Miami Herald where a transgender athlete unfairly impacted scholastic athletic competition in Florida.

Um, couldn't site an instance? This is such a problem; they couldn't find where it was happening. Sofa king lame.

Representative Latvala tweeted when the NCAA threatened to remove championships from states who participate in this bullying, said who gave them the moral authority to complain?

Way to go, Florida GOP; you somehow made the NCAA look good by comparison. Latvala is making a joke about people's lives. $@#&ing despicable.  

The GOP needs somebody for its base to hate. Trans kids are last week refugees and immigrants, Muslims, union members, or teachers. They are this weeks gay and queer and black and brown. If the GOP didn't push hate and fear on its base, they wouldn't have one. This solution, without a problem, attacks our most vulnerable children. It is just another example of how despicable they have become, and sadly since our state is so gerrymandered, it probably won't be the last. Elections have consequences, and in Florida, that means some children are discriminated against, and others, well, they will have to show their genitals to strangers if they want to play sports. 

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