"game of Thrones" accuses the Florida government of turning the state into a place "hostile"

The cancellation of the international convention of followers of the television series “Game of Thrones” in Orlando (Florida was due to the “government actions” of the state that they have turned it into “a hostile and unsafe place for our assistants and staff”told EFE this Friday a directive of the organization

“Unfortunately, the recent discriminatory and dangerous legislation in Florida and the resulting inhospitable atmosphere has resulted in travel advisories from the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and various LGBTQ+ groups,” Tori Bryan, director of communications for Mischief Management, told EFE today. , responsible for the meeting called Con of Thrones.

This Thursday the organization issued a statement informing of the cancellation of the convention scheduled in Orlando from August 25 to 27 due to the “increasingly anti-humanitarian legislation and atmosphere” that is perceived in Florida.

The decision, Bryan explained this Friday, was made based on the “comments from members, attendees and guests” to the appointment, which have made it clear that “if we were to continue with ‘Con of Thrones 2023’ it would not be the level of event that the community expects and deserves.”

“Putting together a convention is like a big puzzle: everything affects everything else. Given the feedback from attendees, it’s clear that continuing with Con of Thrones 2023 in Orlando would hurt them, as well as our organization,” he said. the directive, who advanced that the event will not take place this year.

The international meeting has been held regularly since 2017 and offers a program of more than one hundred hours that includes panels and other experiences that attract the many fans of the “Game of Thrones” universe and the author George RR Martin.

The event planned in Orlando included the participation of the actors from “Game of Thrones” Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn), among others, collected WKMG TV channel.

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The popular TV series “Game of Thrones” unites elements of fantasy and epic with a cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Emilia Clark and is one of the most popular series in the world.

In recent months, various pro-immigrant and human rights organizations issued “travel advisories” for those minorities, immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community who plan to travel to Florida, due to laws passed that, in their opinion, are hostile and restrictive.

The organization Equality Florida, of the LGTBQ community, warned those who plan to travel or settle in this state that there are laws and policies in force, or on the way to being, that pose “a serious risk” to their health and safety.

Equality Florida’s “travel advisory” is similar to one previously released by the largest organization in the African-American community, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) or the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Some 200 bills approved this year by the state Congress, with a Republican majority, will take effect as of July 1, laws that prohibit the transit of undocumented immigrants, that address gender issues in schools or that authorize Floridians to carry concealed weapons without permission, among others.

“We’re saying come. Just keep in mind what kind of state it is,” said Kran Riley, president of the NAACP’s office in Orange County, where Orlando is located.

“We feel it is time that we warn people that when they come to Florida, they are entering hostile territory,” Riley added.

For its part, the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC) denounced the “anti-immigrant and anti-Christian family attack” by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and warned Hispanics traveling to that state to be cautious.

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