Florida Republican insists “gay isn’t permanent” to explain her vote for “Don’t Say Gay” bill

Florida state Sen. Ileana Garcia (R)
Florida state Sen. Ileana Garcia (R) Photo: Screenshot

Florida state Sen. Ileana Garcia needed a way to justify her vote to discriminate against LGBTQ people and she reached deep to find one.

Voting to ban elementary school teachers from mentioning LGBTQ people is okay, she insisted, because being gay isn’t permanent and some transgender women are lesbians. She knows this because her friends are “all LGBT but I don’t pander on that.”

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“Gay is not a permanent thing, LGBT is not a permanent thing,” Garcia said as she launched into a 15 minute rant explaining why it was okay to target LGBTQ people. “This isn’t about targeting. This is perhaps about rerouting the responsibilities back to the parents.”

One of Garcia’s friends, whom she misgenders throughout the anecdote, is an older transgender woman, she told her colleagues. And she’s a lesbian!

“A friend of mine went through the whole transition as an older man, 58-years-old, became a woman and guess what?” she said. “He still likes women! He went through the whole process and we’d laugh together and I’d say, why do you want to deal with the hormones? Why do you want to worry about the extensions and the hair and boobs and the nails and he loved it.”

“So he had a sexual experience,” she added. “And he realized that he continued to like women.”

A person’s gender identity and sexual orientation are completely different. Just because someone transitions doesn’t mean that their sexual orientation changes. You still like what you like.

But Garcia wasn’t done spouting off nonsense about transgender people. While gender affirmation surgery has been scientifically proven to reduce suicide ideation in transgender people, Garcia claimed it made it more likely instead.

“You know, a lot of people don’t know that I think that the statistics are that 4 out of 7 people who do the full transition end up committing suicide because it’s tough,” she claimed.

What actually makes life “tough” for LGBTQ people are constantly having to hear straight and cisgender people debate their civil rights.

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