Last Sunday, Ybor City dueling piano hotspot opened its doors to welcome Equality Florida’s top donors who showered love and dollar bills on four queens—Erica PC, Lilith Black, Freya Rose, and Angelique Young-Cavalier—who reveled and reigned as confetti flew through the air.
The appreciation event came just over a month after the organization issued a travel warning
, in part, to bring light to laws that are hostile to Florida’s LGBTQ+ community.
“... it is with great sadness that we must respond to those asking if it is safe to travel to Florida or remain in the state as the laws strip away basic rights and freedoms,” Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director, wrote at the time.
Laws that “restrict access to reproductive health care, repeal gun safety laws, foment racial prejudice, and attack public education by banning books and censoring curriculum,” we also addressed in the advisory.
Young-Cavalier was among a coalition of drag performers who went to Tallahassee last month to speak out against the expansion of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans,” law which limits discussion of LGBTQ identity through high school,
DeSantis—who’s expected to announce plans to run fro president this week—signed that law, and more legislative attacks on gay existence, in the past three weeks as part of what LGBTQ+ advocates have called a “slate of hate.”