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Florida Pushes Forward to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Medicaid Users

Joseph Ladapo, an appointee of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, has recommended against providing medical care to transgender youth if it involves transitioning.The state Agency for Health Care Administration last month released a report deeming gender-affirming care for any patient to be “experimental and investigational” and recommended not allowing Medicaid to cover such care.But a change in state rules remains in the consideration phase.

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Andrew Gillum, Bisexual Florida Politician, Charged with Fraud
an out bisexual man who was the 2018 Democratic nominee in the race for Florida governor, has been indicted on 21 counts, including charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and making false statements.On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Gillum, a former mayor of Tallahassee, and a longtime associate and fellow Tallahassee resident, Sharon Lettman-Hicks.According to the indictment, between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks “engaged in an on-going and evolving scheme to defraud by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent representations and promises that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose.”Gillum and Lettman-Hicks then allegedly used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to P&P, a communications company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use.Both defendants have been charged with 19 counts of wire fraud, and Gillum is also charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the suspected fraud, according to a press release for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.If convicted of the charges against them, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks could face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and 20 years for wire fraud.
Florida Governor sued by LGBTQ+ group over 'Don’t Say Gay' bill
An LGBTQ+ advocacy group in Florida has sued Governor Ron DeSantis after he signed the highly problematic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill on Tuesday 29 March.We're proud to represent our extraordinary plaintiffs in challenging Florida’s discriminatory and unconstitutional #DontSayGay law.Here’s our complaint: @equalityfl @family_equality— Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP (@KaplanHecker) March 31, 2022The lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Tallahassee by the National Centre for Lesbian Rights on behalf of Equality Florida and Family Equality. They each believe that the new law is a violation of the First Amendment rights to free expression and other provisions of the United States Constitution.In a statement announcing their proceedings against the Governor, the LGBTQ+ group says that “This effort to control young minds through state censorship — and to demean LGBTQ lives by denying their reality — is a grave abuse of power.” The case also states that “The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that LGBTQ people and their families are at home in our constitutional order. The State of Florida has no right to declare them outcasts, or to treat their allies as outlaws, by punishing schools where someone dares to affirm their identity and dignity.”  A post shared by NCLR (@nclrights)In addition to this, the lawsuit includes statements from parents affected by the bill, including this emotional one from Dan and Brent VanTice: “Already, our children have told us that they are afraid that they will not be able to talk about their parents at school.