State where Governor makes discussions of LGBT lifestyles illegal in schools gets targeted by name-changing hurricane.

Matthew C. Woodruff
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Originally tagged as 98-L, ‘they’ started as a low-pressure center over the Caribbean just North of Venezuela. They were a storm that formed in the womb of the Atlantic and churned slowly northwards with 35 mph winds, eventually being born as ‘Tropical Depression 9’. Forecast models were run, and it was determined this storm was headed to Florida.

At 10:00 am on September 23rd, ABC news said, “Tropical Depression Nine is now expected to reach Cat 3 strength in the Eastern Gulf by next week. TD9, likely to be named "Hermine" by the end of the day” has Florida as its target.

Welcome to the world ‘Hermine’…

Except now TD9 didn’t emerge as ‘Hermine’ as the National Hurricane Center was originally going to name them. Hermine has changed their name to Ian. According to, the name Ian confers a sense of intelligence, kindness, honor, and grace.

Perhaps the ‘storm gods’ felt a message needed to be sent to Florida’s Governor DeSantis, who earlier this year signed into law the infamous ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, so nick-named because educators are no longer allowed to discuss LGBT lifestyles in the classroom, nor are they required to use the child’s chosen pronouns.

An important note from on naming conventions of children says, “Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.”

Some of us respect Ian’s right to choose their own path in life and their own pronouns, and we appreciate the message they have for Ronnie, but Florida may not be the best place for them right now.

Just sayin…

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

Gainesville, FL

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