President Joe Biden denounced Florida legislation restricting LGBTQ rights as "cruel" and "close to sinful" in an appearance on TV.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the state's Republican-dominated Legislature, have enacted laws that ban classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in primary schools. They are also considering bills to block medical care, including puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgery, for transgender youths and to grant courts emergency jurisdiction over children who might receive gender-affirming care.
Florida state Legislature passed bill banning LGBTQ-related conversation in schools, the known “Don’t Say Gay" bill. At the start of its 2023 legislative session, the state is considering several other bills to further chip away at LGBTQ rights.
"What's going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, 'close to sinful,'" President Biden said. “It’s just terrible what they’re doing."
“It’s not like a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I decided I want to become a man' or 'I want to become a woman,'" he added. "I mean, what are they thinking about here? They’re human beings. They love, they have feelings, they have inclinations. It’s cruel," he added.
A poll commissioned by GLAAD revealed broad concerns of LGBTQ and ally voters in Florida about legislation stripping away their rights. LGBTQ and ally voters have to mark the difference in the future of their state.