“I’m here to harass the police. Shout out to Ron DeSantis and let transphobes and bigots know there will be consequences for their actions,” protester Mike Dunn said.
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In March, Governor DeSantis signed a parenting rights law that bans school instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for younger students. Critics have labeled it an attack on the LGBTQ+ community, calling it a “Don’t Say Gay” hate law.
“We are here to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and to tell Ron DeSantis that we will not allow him to speak in our backyard,” said Brandon Cuicchi.
The event was sponsored by a conservative Jewish group called the Tikvah Fund. DeSantis was the closing speaker on Saturday afternoon.
Protesters are angry not only with the governor but also Chelsea Piers for agreeing to host the event. The timing is also a source of anger – June is Pride Month, something many New Yorkers embrace.
Councilor Erik Bottcher represents the district and says it was a teacher who saved his life.
“I’m from a rural area. I had a teacher who came to me, knew I was struggling, that I was different. That’s why I’m alive today,” Bottcher said.
DeSantis’ speech was called “The Florida Model and Why It’s good for Religious America.”
Many speculate that he is putting his focus on the White House.
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