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LGBTQ Organizations raise their concerns ahead of the 2022 Florida legislative session

Florida's state capitol building
Florida's state capitol. A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.

A new legislative session kicks off Tuesday and Central Florida LGBTQ organizations have some concerns about bills up for debate. 

Brandon Wolf with Equality Florida said House Bill 211 would allow criminal penalties against doctors who provide medical care to transgender youth. "It’s really quite shameful and honestly scary. Think about the medical care we’re talking about. We’re talking about life saving medical care. We’re talking about treatments that are the difference between a trans person thriving and feeling affirmed, and considering and attempting suicide."

Wolf said this bill is a continuation of the types of restrictions approved during last year’s session, such as the bill that passed banning transgender females from playing in girl’s and women’s sports at public schools and colleges. 

He also said bills like Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ‘Stop Woke’ Act would go after Diversity, equity, and inclusion training that Wolf said are important. "That affirms that LGBTQ people are valid. That affirm that transgender people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. That they’re pronouns deserve to be respected. That their lives and they’re livelihoods deserve to be celebrated."

Wolf said this plus House Bill 211 is an extension of the types of anti-LGBTQ legislation we saw pass last year.

Read more about which bills Equality Florida is supporting and opposing here.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.