Floridian transgender activists decided to stage die-in demonstrations in several driver’s license offices across the state. The development comes after the state issued a new rule that would criminalize anyone who decides to change genders on their driver’s license, according to Fox News Digital.
Dozens of people covered in Pride flags and safety vests went into several DMV locations and laid down in mock death. Protesters held up signs that read “hate kills.” X account PRISM FL, Inc. posted activists at one location, writing: “The FL DMV is killing trans people, so we’re showing them the consequences.”
Theo Jordan took exception to the demonstration, responding to Prism: “This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen. Empty performative brats with nothing else in life to derive self-value. Most pathetic thing I’ve ever witnessed. I would go mock them relentlessly if they were here. Yes, we use ID for identification and not ideology, you brainwashed losers.”
In a press release, Prism said “[p]articipants will stage die-ins to underscore the devastating consequences of efforts to erase the transgender community’s legal recognition.” The development comes as the Sunshine State is set to institute a new rule that would bar transgender residents from being allowed to change genders on their driver’s license to fall in line with their personal gender identity.
Robert Kynoch, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Deputy Executive Director, recently wrote in a memo to county tax collectors that “misrepresenting one’s gender, understood as sex, on a driver’s license constitutes fraud,” adding that those who misrepresent their biological gender could receive “criminal and civil penalties, including cancelation, suspension, or revocation of his or her driver license.”
“The term ‘gender’… does not refer to a person’s internal sense of his or her gender role or identification, but has historically and commonly been understood as a synonym for ‘sex,’ which is determined by innate and immutable biological and genetic characteristics,” Kynoch wrote.
X account Youth Action Fund responded to Kynoch’s memo, writing: “This HORRIFIC anti-LGBTQ+ policy change was directed by Robert Kynoch, Deputy Director of the FL DMV, in a department-wide memo. He ORDERED a BAN on accurate gender marker changes, contributing to TRANS ERASURE, while opening the door for potential suspension or “fraud” charges.”
Previously, Florida residents were allowed to submit a court order for a name change. They were also allowed to provide a letter from a physician on gender transition that would allow them to change genders on their driver’s licenses.
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