‘SAY GAY’ Billboards Take to the Sky in Several US Capitals

(NEXSTAR) — Billboards protesting recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the country will appear in several cities beginning Thursday, March 31, recognized as Transgender Day of Visibility.

FOLX Health, a digital queer and trans-teleheath provider, is launching the billboards in states where the laws are being proposed or passed. The signs read “SAY GAY” or “PROTECT TRANS YOUTH”.

The campaign comes as Florida’s House Bill 1557, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this month. The controversial law prohibits certain discussions about sexual orientation and gender identities in classrooms.

Meanwhile, Texas school boards — including many in other states — have launched ratings and even takedowns of LGBTQ+ library books. That comes on top of a recent recommendation from the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that health authorities are investigating parents who receive gender-affirming care from their children as child abusers.

FOLX Health’s billboards can be seen in:

  • Tallahassee, Florida – located near 2847 S. Monroe St.
  • Des Moines, Iowa – near 208 Court Ave.
  • Nashville, Tennessee – located on James Robertson Pkwy., adjacent to Nissan Stadium
  • Boise, Idaho – established at 1913 W. State St.
  • Austin, Texas – located at 1205 N. Lamar Blvd.

“Supporting and protecting children shouldn’t be political, it’s very personal. Unconditional love for your child is not a matter for lawmakers,” said Chief Content Officer Rocco Kayiatos. “FOLX Health assists and honors the courage of families who prioritize the love and care of their children. Healthcare is a human right. We stand with trans and LGBTQ children across the country.”

Proposals and moves like those in Florida and Texas have cropped up in other states as well.

FOLX Health previously placed a billboard that reads “Trans Lives are Precious” outside the former Pres. Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The organization has also put up ‘Protect LGBTQ+ Youth’ banners in several cities.

The organization says it hopes the billboards, which will remain up through the first week of April, will increase visibility and “brighten the days of queer and trans-folx in these cities”.

Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated on March 31 every year and aims to support transgender struggle, achievement and activism.

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