NYC’s Florida billboards: Loud. Proud. Still Allowed

Loud Proud Still Allowed
Image: NYC Mayor's Office Twitter

New York City mayor Eric Adams yesterday launched a campaign inviting Floridians concerned by their state’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law to move to NYC. The campaign will include billboards with messages like Loud Proud Still Allowed, and Come to the city where you can say whatever you like.

Another reads: People say a lot of ridiculous things in New York. ‘Don’t say gay’ isn’t one of them.

There’s also When other states show their true colors, we show ours.

‘We show ours’, of course, is written in rainbow colours.

And finally,  New York City is alive. And so is free speech.

During the launch, NYC mayor Eric Adams described Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law as ‘state-sponsored discrimination’.

“I am the mayor of New York City but I have a message for Florida’s LGBTQ+ community. Come to a city where you can say and be whoever you want.

“Florida’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill is the latest shameful, extremist culture war targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we say to the families living in fear of this state-sponsored discrimination that you will always have a home in New York City.”

Loud Proud Still Allowed

Eric Adams also referenced the birth of the modern LGBTIQ+ rights movement in NYC.

“This is the city of Stonewall.

“This political showmanship of attempting to demonize a particular group or community is unacceptable. We are going to loudly show our support and say to those who are living in Florida, listen, we want you here in New York. We want you right here in New York City.”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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