TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — It was raining underwear inside the Florida Capitol on Tuesday as LGBTQ activists threw granny panties at lawmakers discussing a bill related to transgender “treatments” inside the House gallery.
The underpants were part of a demonstration opposing a new bill that would criminalize physicians who give minors hormone disrupting drugs or surgeries or remove healthy body parts from teens – both aspects of “gender transitioning.”
Those involved were reportedly forced to exit the chamber following the incidents. Rep. Spencer Roach (R-Fort Myers) tweeted a photo of a pair of granny panties that landed on his desk in the House gallery. Someone wrote on the underpants: “FACISM HAS NO PLACE IN FLORIDA, STOP TRANS GENOCIDE.”
The underwear was thrown as lawmakers were discussing HB 1421, which would prohibit the aforementioned “medical care” to teenagers confused about their gender.
On Twitter, one LGBTQ advocate explained that thinking behind the strange prop, arguing that Republican lawmakers are “restricting children’s medical care based on what is in their underwear.”
SCREAMING AND “SHOVING” MOMS FOR LIBERTY
Elsewhere in the chamber, LGBTQ activists bullied members of the conservative group Moms for Liberty, reportedly shoving one member. The protesters chanted: “Moms for Liberty, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide.” Some of them shouted expletives at the conservative group.
Moms for Liberty Co-Founder Tina Descovich told Florida’s Voice that the “mob of the angry protesters formed around them and closed in.”
“That kind of backed them up to the door and they had no place to go,” Descovich added.
According to Moms for Liberty, Capitol Police forced the LGBTQ activists to exit the building and arrested one person involved in the protest.
Capitol Police did not respond to a request for comment.