Florida Republicans still encourage LGBTQ hatred four years after Pulse

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 A few blocks from my home is the site of the Pulse massacre. We just passed the 4-year anniversary. In the six months that led up to the massacre, Florida Republicans had introduced more than 200 bills attacking freedoms of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. But it’s okay: my right-wing friends tell me everything's all better now, and that they don’t even notice any more hatred toward the LGBTQ community.

Admittedly, some things did change after Pulse. Shops now openly and proudly display the rainbow flag, people are much more vocal about their support, and even so-called “religious” politicians—sensing a turning tide—have largely stopped smearing the community as evil. I’ll note that all of these changes are due to Floridians evolving on the issue, as opposed to the Republican party. Unfortunately, that is the real issue here, since the Republicans are in solid control of all facets of our government.