Left-wing activists and Democrat state lawmakers descended upon the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee this Monday to protest a bill up for debate that would make “sex reassignment” surgery for minors illegal.
Video footage of the protest shows activists and lawmakers both marching outside the Capitol and holding a press conference inside of it.
“You’re erasing trans babies!” Equality Florida kicked off their Pride at the Capitol program this year by protesting a slew of controversial bills that are making their way through the Florida legislature pic.twitter.com/T4Px6PbSK8
— The Florida Standard (@theflstandard) March 14, 2023
The woman seen above claiming “you are erasing our trans babies” is state Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat.
“You are erasing our trans babies. When you strip away access to gender-affirming care, you are erasing trans people. We are facing a governor who wants to commit genocide on trans people,” she said.
She and the other protesters were upset about the debate of Senate Bill 254, which would impose restrictions on children trying to obtain “sex reassignment surgery.”
“What’s more, the bill gives Florida courts jurisdiction over children who may be at risk of receiving sex reassignment procedures by one parent,” according to The Florida Standard.
“The bill would change the State’s child custody laws to redefine the provision of transition-related health care to minors as ‘unjustifiable conduct’ and ‘serious physical harm,'” the paper reported Tuesday.
The bill was proposed by state lawmaker Clay Yarborough to “protect children from the many life-altering and unknown long-term side effects that these treatments and procedures could have on them.”
“The fact remains that when it comes to children, these treatments are experimental and I believe as lawmakers, we have to draw the line when life-altering procedures are affecting children. I believe kids should be kids and respectfully ask for the committee’s support,” he reportedly said on Monday.
A new proposed bill in Florida would not only grant the state the authority to seize trans-identifying children from parents if they receive treatment for gender dysphoria, but to seize kids if they are merely “at risk” of receiving such treatment. pic.twitter.com/IxawmhaUVt
— Benjamin Ryan (@benryanwriter) March 5, 2023
In a separate statement, Yarborough defended the bill’s most controversial stipulation — the one about the bill giving Florida’s courts jurisdiction “over children who may be at risk of receiving sex reassignment procedures by one parent.”
“This bill gives the court discretion on whether and how to act to protect a child when a parent is subjecting a child to sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures that this bill makes illegal in Florida,” he said.
“Again, both parents have a right to be involved in the upbringing of a child, and one parent should not be able to unilaterally attempt to change the sex of their child. We have other components in this bill that relate to adults and relates and relate to the expenditure of state funds, but we want to let kids be kids in Florida. The overall goal of the bill is to protect the children of our state,” he added.
Besides protesting outside, some of the activists who showed up Monday also testified during the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee debate.
According to The Florida Standard, a debate between lawmakers “was followed by hours-long public testimony by pro-LGBTQ pastors, activists, military members, doctors and children.”
“By signing this bill, it is an act of war and this will not go lightly. My people will die, and that blood – if you support this bill – will be on your hands,” one activist reportedly said.
“You have put targets on the backs of Florida’s queer community and state legislators are putting guns into the hands of people who want us dead. From every angle and opportunity, you are committing genocide,” another activist testified.
Watch some of the testimony below:
WATCH: Speakers are outraged over a bill that bans minors from receiving sex-reassignment procedures, restrict medications, and change custody law
One speaker said DeSantis wants trans people “dead” & @Clay_Yarborough has “militarized the Florida GOP into the genital gestapo” pic.twitter.com/cgImIwIyxf
— Amber Jo Cooper (@AmberJoCooper) March 15, 2023
Both the protest and the testimony were roundly mocked on social media, where critics said these people need help first and foremost. Critics also bashed the protesters for their argument that babies can be transgender.
If you think babies can be “trans” you should go on a registry.
— CongressIsPiracy (@IsPiracy) March 14, 2023
There is no such thing as a “trans baby” and this mess has gone too far.
— GiraffinMeCrazy (@GiraffinC) March 14, 2023
Where did these people come from? This is a modern day freak show.
— Fetterman Hobbs Biden Brain Institute (@unashamedusa) March 15, 2023
Wow, these people need some major mental health intervention and reprogramming
— Jeanne Ann Farrell (@JeanneAnnFarre2) March 15, 2023
I had empathy for this issue. Can’t remember where I put it now…
Seriously though. I care about human beings. Enough to not enable this.
Peeps need help, not legislation.
— / MaximumHEXposure ✌+❤️ (@MaxHEXposure) March 15, 2023
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