MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Palace on Ocean Drive, with its legendary brunch, featuring a mixture of food, booze and jaw dropping acrobatics, expects to draw a huge crowd this weekend for Miami Beach Pride festivities.
It draws people from all over the country, but especially during Pride, The Palace will be the crown jewel in this weekend’s celebrations. But politics is casting a shadow over this year’s parties.READ MORE: NOAA: 'Above Average' 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Predicts 6-10 Hurricanes
“In the moment we’re celebrating who we are, but we never forget that we have a fight to fight,” said drag queen Tiffany Fantasia.
The current fight involves Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
The bill was signed recently by Governor Ron DeSantis and forbids classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.READ MORE: Insurance Bills Clear Committee, Move To Florida Senate
Fantasia Royale Gaga, another performer at Palace, said it “would have had a major impact on me” growing up.
“The children know,” said Tiffany. “What makes you think they’re not gonna tease each other and bully each other, and then the teacher can’t get involved and have that conversation, good bad and indifferent.”
Supporters of the law say it’s important because children are being exposed to radical concepts on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Now many other states, including Texas, are announcing plans to pursue similar legislation to Florida’s.
“Just when we think we can let our hair down, there comes a new fight and a new angle,” said TiffanyMORE NEWS: Florida Tourism Thriving Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend
For now, the Pride celebrations will go on with a heavy dose of concern for the actions in state capitals across the country.