Florida transgender activists stage die-in over rule prohibiting changes to gender on driver's licenses

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Transgender activists successful Florida held die-in demonstrations astatine driver’s licence offices crossed nan Sunshine State successful protestation of a caller norm to criminalize changing gender connected a licence to bespeak a person's gender identity.

Dozens of group showed up Friday greeting draped successful transgender flags aliases orangish road-safe vests and laid down successful lobbies and offices successful Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, according to videos posted to societal media. The groups Prism, Youth Action Fund, Equality Florida, Hope CommUnity Center, GLSEN Central Florida and SPEKTRUM Health organized nan protests.

"Participants will shape die-ins to underscore nan devastating consequences of efforts to erase nan transgender community’s ineligible recognition," Prism said successful a property release.

The activists staged nan protests aft a caller determination to barroom transgender residents from being allowed to alteration nan gender connected their driver’s licenses aliases authorities identification.

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Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Deputy Executive Director Robert Kynoch wrote successful a memo to region taxation collectors that "misrepresenting one's gender, understood arsenic sex, connected a driver's licence constitutes fraud" and group pinch licenses that misrepresent their biologic gender could beryllium subjected to "criminal and civilian penalties, including cancelation, suspension, aliases revocation of his aliases her driver license."

Activists protesting astatine 1 DMV could beryllium seen lining up against nan wall holding cardboard headstones pinch various phrases, including "Killed by Ron DeSantis" and "Killed by nan DMV," according to The Advocate.

The Florida Legislature is besides considering nan What Is A Woman Act, which would prohibit licenses from reflecting a gender that is not a person's biologic gender.

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"The word 'gender'… does not mention to a person's soul consciousness of his aliases her gender domiciled aliases identification, but has historically and commonly been understood arsenic a synonym for 'sex,' which is wished by innate and immutable biologic and familial characteristics," Kynoch wrote successful his memo.

Florida's residents were antecedently allowed to taxable a tribunal bid for a sanction alteration aliases a missive from a expert connected gender modulation curen to person their gender changed connected their license.