Several LGBTQ families feel differently and are thinking of leaving the state because of discrimination, even as many families are joyfully migrating to Florida for the warmer climate and fewer pandemic regulations.
Take Robby Price as an example. 7 years ago, Price and Jordan Letschert, also known as Papa and Dada to their son Kellan, were humans at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, a little town a few miles south of Sarasota. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, used surrogacy to have children.
The family said to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a member of the USA TODAY Network, that their kid is the reason they ultimately decided to make the life-changing choice to move from Letschert’s hometown of Sarasota to Denver.
Families Face Difficult Choices as a Result of LGBTQ Discrimination and Rejection
Letschert and Price claim that since Florida passed laws that they think directly target members of the already marginalized LGBT population, opinions toward their community are changing.
Letschert played a key role in getting the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to change its mind about not lighting up the John Ringling Causeway bridge in proud colors in combination with the yearly Pride Month celebration in June 2021. They were joined by a small group of Sarasota officials and advocates in this effort.