St. Pete artist sells ‘Rhonda Santis’ stickers to benefit Equality Florida | Local Arts | Tampa

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Multimedia artist and designer Chad Mize is now selling stickers featuring Governor Ron Desantis as drag queen “Rhonda Santis”.

As Florida continues to face unprecedented legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ communities, a St. Petersburg artist is responding with his own dig.

Multimedia artist and designer Chad Mize is now selling stickers featuring Governor Ron Desantis as drag queen “Rhonda Santis”. The design comes weeks after the Florida Republican expressed support for criminalizing parents who bring their children to drag shows.

“Well, let’s do something even more ridiculous and flirt with it,” Mize told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

Rhonda is shown waving a rainbow flag with a speech bubble that says “gay”, alluding to Florida’s so-called “Dont’ Say Gay” bill that restricts talk about the gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom. Mize originally shared her “Rhonda Santis” design on Instagram with the caption, “good pride to all,” in June.

All proceeds from sticker sales will benefit Equality Florida, a political advocacy organization and the state’s largest LGBTQ+ rights group. Mize sold over 800 stickers in two weeks, with orders coming in from all over the country.

In June, Desantis voiced support for Florida Rep. Anthony “Blackface” Sabatini’s proposed legislation that would make it a crime to bring minors to drag shows following controversy surrounding a drag show. family in Dallas.

Desantis said he’s asked his staff to review the proposal, which follows recent anti-LGBTQ+ moves in Florida like the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, banning sports for transgender youth. and removing funding for the LGBTQ program from the state budget.

Mize hosted a “Say Gay” art exhibit at Mize Gallery in June and says it’s critical he uses art to help Florida’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.

He said Let’s Go Rhonda road signs may be in the works.

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