A transgender protester gave herself the fright at a rally where she and others opposed plans to ban so-called gender-affirming care for children.
The unnamed woman, who had blue hair and horn-rimmed glasses, stated, “I was a trans teen once, and now I’m a happy 22-year-old trans adult…this is my health care, don’t run with it.”
She proudly pulled out the syringe, then stuck the needle in her arm and pushed the plunger, to an audible gasp from an unseen eyewitness at the Tallahassee hearing earlier this week.
It’s unclear what was in the syringe, although many trans people take hormones on a regular basis, often intravenously.
A trans protester proudly injected herself while discussing her opposition to a new Florida law that would crack down on so-called gender-affirming care for children
Another protester shared how they first contemplated suicide when they were two, before undergoing a mastectomy as a teenager
Other notable speakers include one person who did not share his gender identity, but who said he first thought about suicide at the age of two. That person told during the hearing how they had their breasts removed at the age of 15.
A third protester, wearing a black KN95 face mask, claimed to have grown up in the aftermath of Nazi Germany, despite looking no older than 60.
She compared efforts to ban gender reassignment for children to the actions of Adolf Hitler, her voice trembling with emotion as she spoke.
The scenes came as the Florida legislature is considering banning minors from obtaining sex reassignment prescriptions, otherwise known as puberty blockers.
As the debate about child transition continued, another speaker took to the lectern to reveal that they had contemplated suicide at just two years old.
“By the time I was 15 I was trying to cut off my own breasts,” they added. “I went to the ER because I was bleeding to death.”
Florida officials heard numerous claims that, if they support the bill, there will be blood on their hands, while several others made connections to Nazi-era Germany.
“I grew up in Germany in the wake of the Nazis, and what you guys are doing is no different,” said one protester.
“This is transphobic, it’s cruel, and you really should be ashamed of yourself.”
A young activist went to the lectern to sharply criticize them for even debating the bill, saying, “Every time I watch you on this committee, I realize more and more that you want to commit transgenocide.
“Our blood is on your hands.”
This woman claimed to have grown up in the aftermath of Nazi Germany and compared the proposed new law to the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler
An outraged pro-trans agitator said the bill would endanger the lives of trans youth
Another protester took aim at Florida State Senator Clay Yarborough, one of the leaders of Florida’s push to legislate on transgender issues.
She said Yarborough “militarized” Florida’s GOP into a “genital Gestapo.”
“Ron DeSantis wants trans people dead,” she added. “You are committing genocide.”
Another pro-trans agitator then slammed the bill to the ground, saying its possible passage would amount to an “act of war.”
After taking off their masks, they continued, “As it is now, my people will die.
“And that blood, if you support this bill, will be on your hands.”
A 12-year-old non-binary speaker echoed those comments, feeling that if the legislation goes into effect, “many of us will die.”
In recent years, there has been much controversy surrounding the issue of medical intervention for minors, as many trans youth report that procedures such as puberty suppressants can have a beneficial effect on their mental health.
However, others argue that the drugs may be harmful, including their alleged effects on development and bone health.
For more drastic procedures, such as top surgery, some lawmakers believe they should be banned for minors and individuals should wait until they reach adulthood to make a decision.
The bill also includes a provision that would allow disapproving parents to take custody of children who are “at risk” of gender-affirming care.
Speaking on the matter, one of the activists said: “I would beg all of you to remember that less than a week ago gun laws were relaxed, and anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to come and get my kid – I dare you .’