Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) knew he wasn’t in Florida anymore when a crowd of activists protested his look Sunday at a convention in Manhattan hosted by a conservative group.
The Jewish Leadership Conference was organized by the Tikvah Fund, and held on the Chelsea Piers leisure middle within the coronary heart of probably the most vibrant LGBTQ communities within the metropolis.
The timing was notably insensitive, given DeSantis’ latest crackdown on the LGBTQ group in his state and through Delight month. It was additionally the 6-year anniversary of the mass taking pictures on the Pulse Nightclub, a bustling homosexual institution in Orlando, that killed 49 folks.
Activists waved indicators studying: “Florida man go residence” and “Don’t Say DeSantis” — a dig on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill he signed into regulation earlier this 12 months. The regulation forbids classroom dialogue of gender id and sexual orientation for some age teams in Florida faculties.
“The underside line is Chelsea Piers is offering a venue to propagate hate toward the LGBTQ community, and that’s unacceptable on many ranges, together with that it’s Delight [month] and that it’s in Chelsea, the guts of the group,” mentioned Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who represents the realm.
The Tikvah Fund declined to debate the controversy and Chelsea Piers mentioned it received’t police the content material of occasions on the facility.
A spokesperson in DeSantis’ workplace wouldn’t touch upon the protests or timing, however emphasised the governor’s help for non secular freedom and Israel. DeSantis was reportedly the close-out speaker on the convention and touted his “Florida mannequin” as one thing good for faith.