Billboards emblazoned with the word ‘Gay’ and the slogan ‘Say Gay’ are due to go up around Florida from today.
The signs are going up in response to the state recently passing HB 1557, the Parental Rights in Education” bill. It’s been more commonly dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill as seeks to ban the discussion of LGBTQ topics mainly at the primary grade level.
The legislation passed the Republican-held House and Senate and is now awaiting signing by Governor Ron DeSantis. He has indicated he supports it.
The billboards are the initiative of the super PAC, Southern Progress. The organization promotes progressive legislation and lawmakers in southern states. The group says it will be erecting the first signs in Tallahassee, Orlando, and Jacksonville from today for a month.
Billboards don’t come cheap, so there’s a fundraiser to help cover the costs.
“Over $300,000 in advertising inventory has been pre-approved in Florida for this advertisement. Please make a small contribution now and help us purchase it,” says a message on the campaign website.
President Biden has called the bill “hateful”. DeSantis, considered a potential 2024 GOP Presidential candidate, has defended it.
“Understand, if you are out protesting this bill you are by definition putting yourself in favor of injecting sexual instruction to 5-, 6- and 7-year-old kids,” DeSantis said at a recent press conference. “I think most people think that’s wrong. I think parents especially think that’s wrong.”
One of those supporting the billboards is Kim Mangone, a former Democratic congressional candidate in California who stood for election in 2020.
How many of these billboards do you want me to put up in Florida? pic.twitter.com/FDSbxggks3
— Kim Mangone (@KimMangone) March 21, 2022
“Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans have pissed us all off,” tweeted Adam Parkhomenko, a Virginia-based Democratic strategist working on the campaign. “So this week we are going to cover the state of Florida in these, in response.”
Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans have pissed us all off. So this week we are going to cover the state of Florida in these in response. pic.twitter.com/VjCMP6fVFW
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 21, 2022
Parkhomenko’s tweet was picked up by Donald Trump Jr., who took a screenshot of it and tweeted: “I was told by the left/the media you couldn’t say “GAY” in Florida? I guess they were full of shit as usual?!?”
I was told by the left/the media you couldn’t say “GAY” in Florida? I guess they were full of shit as usual?!? pic.twitter.com/GMrdXWaiCr
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 21, 2022
Besides upsetting Don Jr., some others seem traumatized the signs are heading for the sunshine state.
Did these people even read what the bill was?
— DopaMEMES (@talklew) March 21, 2022
I remember back in the good old days when school was a place for learning and not a place for indoctrination. Parents had “the talk” with their kids and it was inappropriate for teachers to talk to their students about sexuality and sexual relations.
— Jason Hall (@jhall912) March 21, 2022
However, other folks online are looking forward to them.
Can not wait to see these. We need as much help as possible in FL right now. Love, a 2nd grade FL teacher 🍎
— Merlin (@teachermerlin) March 21, 2022
Please let one of the chosen billboards be the one near the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.
— 🇺🇸🇯🇵The Opinionated Nurse💉❤️🩹👩🏻⚕️ (@CrystalTheMaker) March 21, 2022
Oh, and some thanked Don Jr. for raising the profile of the campaign to his 7.4million followers.
Thanks for promoting our stuff, Don! https://t.co/KdyMGH6Bzo
— Ally Sammarco (@Ally_Sammarco) March 21, 2022