On March 3rd, over 20 organizers with Trans Lives Matter Tallahassee, led by members of Tallahassee SDS, protested against proposed Florida House Bill 583. They began the rally with a moment of silence for the 11 Trans folk who have been murdered or committed suicide due to transphobia since the beginning of the year. After the moment of silence they had a round of speakers and then entered into the capitol building with the intent of delivering a letter to Governor Rick Scott, demanding Scott stand with Trans Lives Matter and veto the bill if it comes to his desk. They read the letter aloud with a mic check, and demanded a meeting with the governor. They were denied this meeting and were kicked out of the capitol building shortly after for chanting.
Proposed legislation HB 583 would make it a misdemeanor for trans folk who use a restroom facility that matches their gender, punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and up to 1 year in prison.
The bill passed through the Civil Justice subcommittee on March 4th with a vote of 9-4. It must now pass through two more committees before reaching the house floor.
Trans Lives Matter Tallahassee pledges to continue to protest the violently transphobic bill.