Senate Democratic Leader Laurent Book will enter its first voting contest with the endorsement of the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
Equality Florida On Wednesday, he announced his support for Book as she seeks her second full term in the Senate. She faces a Democratic primary opponent in former Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharif.
The LBGTQ community is facing a time that needs strong allies — and Book has been throughout his leadership, the organization said.
“At a time when extremist Republicans in the Florida Legislature have repeatedly attacked the LGBTQ community with hateful and discriminatory policies, Senator Book has led Senate Democrats to our defense,” said Joe Saunders, Senior Policy Director for Equality in Florida.
“She fought tirelessly against the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill in Defense of LGBTQ Students, Families and Educators and worked to repeal the so-called ‘Gay/Trans Panic Defense’ in Florida.”
“Don’t Say Gay” is officially known as the Parental Rights in Education Act (HB 1557). It more tightly regulates classroom discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation. His passage sparked widespread protests for its vague wording and potential to discriminate against LGBTQ students struggling with their identity. This too created a schism between Disney and Republican lawmakers.
Book had also introduced legislation in 2021 that would prevent people from defending themselves against charges relating to LBGTQ victims by invoking the defense that a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation had caused panic or antagonism. violently to the accused. The law project (SB 718) died in commission, however.
Book said she was deeply honored to receive the support of Equality Florida and pledged to be a “staunch ally” to the LGBTQ community.
“The kind of hateful and ignorant laws passed in Tallahassee are a disgrace – and they demand that each of us stand up and stand up for the LGBTQ+ community,” Book said. “I’m proud to lead Senate Democrats in the fight for equality so that no Floridian will be discriminated against, harassed, or even abused just for being who they are.”
The book has also been endorsed by 11 of his 15 Democratic Senate colleagues, as good as Broward County Commissioners Steve Geller, Jared Moskowitz and nah richand former senator. Perry Thurston. The Broward County Police Benevolent Association also endorsed Book, as did Ruth’s List Florida, an organization committed to supporting Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights.
Book recently moved to Senate District 35 due to the redistricting results. His former district, Senate District 32, included the newly elected Democratic senator. Rosalind Osgood.
DS35 covers part of unincorporated Broward County south of Interstate 595 and west of the Florida Turnpike. Pembroke Pines and Miramar make up most of it, but it also includes all or parts of Cooper City, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, and Weston.