GOP Hating Lake Worth Beach Passes LGBTQIA+ Virtue Signaling Resolution

If you’re a Republican, you may not want to move to Lake Worth Beach. This city just passed a virtue-signaling resolution, declaring the city as a safe and welcoming haven for the LGBTQIA+ community, and it was done, according to their staff report, because the Florida legislature has passed laws they don’t like. This new resolution helps no one and is just a way of displaying hate against a group of people they don’t like that they would like to cancel and silence, and that group is Republicans. 

L-R: , Sarah Malega District 1, Christopher McVoy District 2, Mayor Betty Resch, Kim Stokes District 3, Reinaldo Diaz District 4

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Resolution No. 34-2023 – Delcares the city as a safe and welcoming haven for the LGBTQIA+ community and their families. Mayor Betty Resch brought it forward. 

According to the staff report, which gives the background to this resolution;

Due to the extensive State and local legislatures who have already introduced over 600 hateful laws targeting the LGBTQIA+ community, the City strives to continue to honor a movement that has grown stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive with every passing year. 

The rest of the shortest staff report I’ve ever read cites zero examples of the problem because there are none. There are no examples of discriminatory incidents any residents have experienced. There’s also no mention of what “safe and welcoming” means regarding this resolution or how they will help or protect anyone.

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For those of you who don’t know Lake Worth Beach, it’s a cute, little city with a diverse population known as being “artsy,” it has a sizable LGBTQUIA+ community, which means they’re already known as a “friendly” area to live in. If no one is being targeted or discriminated against, what’s the purpose of doing something like this resolution? Is the plan to disregard laws they don’t like because that’s not the job of any lawmaker.

Lake Worth Beach was at least careful in describing itself as a haven, whereas The Palm Beach Post came out with an article titled Lake Worth Beach becomes Florida’s first ‘LGBTQ+ Sanctuary City’ … what does that mean? I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they don’t know that sanctuary cities, a term usually used to describe cities that welcome illegal immigrants, are illegal in Florida. 

According to The Palm Beach Post;

The announcement, which is largely symbolic, follows a flood of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation throughout the country. Lake Worth Beach’s resolution cites data from the American Civil Liberties Union, which tracked more than 490 bills targeting LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Many of the bills affect education or health care and have since become law.

I don’t know what happened to the other one hundred and ten laws mentioned in the resolution, but I’m unsure if any facts or research matters here, but at least they flat-out admit that the resolution is “largely symbolic.”

Michael Riordan, a spokesperson for Compass, jumped on the virtue signaling/sanctuary city bandwagon as well by stating that;

Lake Worth Beach fosters an environment in which trans and nonbinary people can experience a sense of security. “The status as a sanctuary city gives the queer community the reassurance that we are protected as much as we can legally be in Florida.”

All people should feel safe. No one should be discriminated against. Everyone should be able to live in peace without feeling scared or threatened. No one should be bullied. Are there bad apples that can’t follow the rules? Yes. There always have been. There always will be. That’s why we have laws. Be my guest if you want to speak out against laws you disagree with. This is still a free country. But when local lawmakers pass resolutions to pander to any one group that does nothing to help anyone and essentially amounts to an I hate Republicans temper tantrum, I say call it out for what it is: a do-nothing waste of time.

It’s an insult to the actual community they’re claiming to help. 

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