DeSantis Vetoes Funding For LGBTQ Youth Homeless Shelter And Counseling For Pulse Massacre Survivors

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Just days from the five-year remembrance of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed $150,000 in state funds that would have provided counseling for survivors — despite a budget that has $9.5 billion in reserves.  And in what advocates describe as “war” on LGBTQ+ Floridians, the governor also eliminated $750,000 approved by the Florida Legislature for the Orlando-based Zebra Coalition to create housing for homeless gay and transgender youth.

The move comes one day after DeSantis signed a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s school sports. Neither the governor nor his press secretary responded Wednesday afternoon to a request to comment on the vetoes. A news release issued with the signed budget states, “We are also continuing to prioritize public health and mental well-being.”