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An Australian politician told anti-LGBTQ+ protesters to move to Florida if they want to spread their ‘hateful views’

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

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  • An Australian politician said that anti-LGBTQ+ protesters should take their hate speech to Florida.
  • “Head over there, where your hateful views might be worth something,” Daniel Andrews said.
  • The protesters forced the shut down of a drag queen story-time at a local library.

An Australian politician told anti-LGBTQ+ protesters to “get to Florida” after they forced the shutdown of a drag queen story-time event that was slated to happen later this month. 

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews called “ugly scenes” by the protesters “shameful” and a “disgrace” after death threats were made against other council members and the drag performer set to host the sold-out event at a local library on May 19.

“And my message to those people is very clear: If you want to behave like the worst elements of the Floridian Republican Party — well, get to Florida,” Andrews said during an impassioned speech Thursday on the state’s parliament floor.

“Head over there, where your hateful views might be worth something. They’re worth nothing here,” Andrews said. “We won’t stand for this sort of behavior. It’s appalling.”

—Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) May 4, 2023

 

Andrews added, “It’s not about free speech — this is hate speech plain and simple, plain and simple. It is wrong. It is out of step with the values of fair-minded and decent, mainstream Victorians. It is on the fringe.”

The office of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Andrews’ remarks on Monday. 

The DeSantis administration has been targeting drag shows and the LGBTQ+ community through certain policies in the Sunshine State for months.

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