A Florida school board candidate won a crowd with bigoted remarks against trans children and doctors who treat trans children.
Alisabeth Janai Lancaster is running in Santa Rosa County School District 3, presenting herself as a conservative with "Christian values." After serving in law enforcement for over 20 years, she is now retired and hoping to gain a seat on the school board in Pensacola.
Lancaster is steering into the recent trans panic fueled by GOP legislation against transgender people. On the back of Florida Republicans pushing to deny trans people care under Medicaid, Lancaster went a step further and called for violence against doctors.
“These doctors that are going along with mutilating these children and prescribing hormone blockers to these kids, in my opinion, they should be hanging from the nearest tree,” she said.
The crowd roared applause.
There's so much to dissect in this video from Pensacola, Florida where school board candidate, Alisabeth Janai Lancaster, said doctors who treat trans kids should be "hanging from the nearest tree." The crowd applauded her. pic.twitter.com/SjfubPl48W— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) July 20, 2022
“The welfare and protection of the students is my first and foremost one priority,” Lancaster said. “Children should not be burdened of the woke agenda that is leaving a path of destruction wherever it goes.”
This is not the first time trans children have been the victim of bigotry in Florida. Recently, the Florida Department of Health encouraged doctors to withhold hormone treatment for trans youth. To add on, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law denying trans Floridians Medicaid coverage for treatments such as hormone therapy.Studies show that when trans youth has access to gender-affirming treatments, their mental health improves. A study done by Jama Pediatrics shows depression is reduced by 60% for trans youths after they have gone through treatment versus not having access to it.