DeSantis signs slew of anti-transgender rights measures into law, affecting bathrooms, healthcare, and pronouns

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville.
DeSantis signed three anti-trans bills into law ahead of an anticipated 2024 run.
The laws limit LGBTQ+ schools curriculum and transgender care for minors. 
They also criminalize “opposite sex” restroom access in public buildings, schools, and parks.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed four bills into law Wednesday that will deeply disrupt the lives of transgender people in the state, whether it be over access to healthcare, bathroom use, lessons about LGBTQ+ topics, or pronouns in schools. 

DeSantis held a press conference behind a lectern that read “Let Kids Be Kids.” Though he decried LGBTQ+ material and called for “normalcy” for minors, children stood next to him onstage during the bills’ signings. He uncharacteristically did not take questions from the media afterwards.

The actions add to DeSantis’ already robust anti-LGBTQ+ portfolio at a time when…

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This article was written by Kimberly Leonard and originally published on