Orlando police said they’re investigating and confirming a homophobic threat that was posted on a digital traffic sign in Lake Nona that read “Kill all gays.” Police say the threat was posted on a sign at Lake Nona Blvd. and Nemours Pkwy. around 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday and that the sign appeared to have been tampered with.
News 6 is asking Orlando police if this kind of incident would fall under a new bill the governor signed into law last month that makes it a more punishable crime if someone projects hateful messages onto private property without permission. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
The Washington Post reports:
Wednesday commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia around the world. But in the city where a gunman killed 49 people inside a popular gay bar in 2016, the day began with the hateful message. Hours later, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law four bills targeting transgender rights.
The bill package — dubbed “Let Kids Be Kids” — imposes restrictions on gender-affirming care for minors and adults; expands the ban on gender identity and sexual orientation instruction in classrooms; makes it a crime to admit minors to drag performances; and bans trans people from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.
This is NOT the place I call home.
It’s not Orlando, it’s not Florida.
It’s a dystopian upside down world contrived out of an era of unchecked political extremism and overt bigotry.
I refuse to be a bystander. We will not let hate win. pic.twitter.com/MgxIPgYFS0
— Carlos Guillermo Smith (@CarlosGSmith) May 18, 2023
The “kill all gays” message seen in Orlando is NOT who we are.
It IS a sign of the hate and division that has taken hold in Florida.
Ron DeSantis’ culture wars are not silly sideshows. They are ruining people’s lives and promoting hate speech that can lead to hate violence. pic.twitter.com/hikJd9FJpu
— Carlos Guillermo Smith (@CarlosGSmith) May 19, 2023
Police in Florida noticed a traffic sign hacked to read “Kill All Gays” the same day that Ron DeSantis signed multiple bills infringing on LGBTQ rights. https://t.co/rexNqR2CBP
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) May 18, 2023