A video game charity fundraiser announced Thursday that it will not hold its next event in Florida due to state law. Limits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, also citing “disregard” for COVID safety in the state.
In a statement posted on its website, Games Done Quick, also known as “GDQ”, stated that Florida’s Right to Parents in Education Act, which is colloquially known as “Don’t Say Gay”. As is known, part of the “increased aggression” directed at LGBTQ people. State wise. GDQ did not specify the city or location in Florida that was the originally planned destination for the event.
“While we would love to return in person, we have determined that it is best to provide a safe and welcoming program for all that we move away from our originally planned location in Florida,” the statement said. “
Additionally, the GDQ mandates state laws that do not require Either event attendees or staff being vaccinated against COVID, along with an anti-LGBTQ stance, prompted organizers to say they were “not a safe place for our community at this time.” GDQ has featured prominently LGBTQ gamers during past events.
NBC News has reached out to GDQ for further comment on the decision to move out of Florida.
According to the statement, the next event of GDQ is scheduled for January 8-15 and will be held virtually.
During GDQ events, selected participants in the “Speed Run” video game, which occurs when a player completes a game as fast as possible, sometimes in order to finish levels and classes faster than game developers. Uses pre-planned routes or disturbances. GDQ streams the show live day and night without any breaks while it is running.
The organization organizes two main events each year: the Awesome Games Done Quick, which is held in the winter and stops the Cancer Foundation, and the Summer Games Done Quick, which benefits Doctors Without Borders. GDQ also hosts an all-female program called Frame Fatless, which benefits the Malala Fund.
Since its first event in 2010, GDQ has raised over $34 million to various charities.
The Right of Parents to Education in Florida was signed in March by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The law prohibits “classroom discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity” in state public schools, grades kindergarten through third. Supporters of the law’s adoption said it would not prevent students from talking about their LGBTQ families or discussing LGBTQ history in bar class, but would ban “instruction” of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, opponents of the law say it targets LGBTQ youth in the state and “pretending to solve a problem that doesn’t exist,
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