Email insights: Dean Black blasts Joe Biden for observing ‘transgender day of visibility’ on Sunday

Easter Weekend doesn't offer a respite from charged political emails in Jacksonville.

The chair of the Duval County Republicans is rallying his party faithful against President Joe Biden regarding what this Sunday is for, as a trend of seemingly coordinated umbrage finds its way to Northeast Florida and makes its way to a political mailing list hours before one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar.

In an email Saturday, Rep. Dean Black condemned the White House observing March 31 as a “Transgender Day of Visibility,” saying that’s what the President is doing instead of “celebrating Easter,” even though March 31 has been the day for that commemoration since 2009 while Easter’s date is more variable. Rarely is Easter on March 31. But this year is an exception that invokes Black’s ire.

“This is a slap to the face to all Christians! Not only has Biden decided to usurp Easter in the name of appeasing his extreme base, but the White House has also banned any ‘religious-themed’ Easter eggs for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll,” Black remarked.

The President’s declaration was intended to “honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives.”

“Transgender Americans are part of the fabric of our Nation.  Whether serving their communities or in the military, raising families or running businesses, they help America thrive.  They deserve, and are entitled to, the same rights and freedoms as every other American, including the most fundamental freedom to be their true selves,” the declaration continues.

But that’s apparently a bridge too far.

The email also spotlighted a consultant to the Mayor’s Office defending the move on social media.

Stephen Dare, in a response to a right-wing reporter casting his own aspersions on the Biden declaration as part of a “war on Christianity,” questioned what “transgenderism (has to) do with Christianity.”

Dare went on to change his nom de X to “Griff Gambit” during this exchange, where he called the reporter he was engaging with, Brendon Leslie of “Florida’s Voice,” a friend and noting that he himself was a “Southern Baptist.”

For Black, this whole episode apparently shows that “Donna Deegan has promised to support Joe Biden for re-election and fully supports many of his far-left destructive policies. She is just another radical Democrat like Biden hellbent on transforming Jacksonville into Florida’s San Francisco!”

“Not only do Democrats want to destroy the traditions that are the bedrock of our Country – but they also want to radically transform America to replace God, family, and faith with a leftist Government,” Black added.

Black’s need to frame this controversy as being about the Mayor is interesting in light of Republicans losing the office after holding it for eight years last year. This loss happened despite a Republican turnout advantage, and it’s clear the party chair doesn’t want history to repeat in 2027.

Black has used LGBTQ+ issues as a cudgel against Deegan, including expressing outrage over her attending the city’s Pride Parade last year. He said it was “beneath the dignity of the office of Mayor to attend events that seek to push sex on our children” and “morally repugnant for *any* person, let alone the Mayor, to be endorsing or supporting such behavior.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    March 30, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Or, OR, X-ians could stop being such crybabies.

    Seriously, you been celebrating a zombie with a Furry for a mascot every Easter since forever, so what’s the problem with a drag queen?

    If you don’t Biden’s shin-dig, don’t go.

    Grow up, ya buncha X-ian pussies.

  • John Lentini

    March 30, 2024 at 5:05 pm

    I find these alleged “Christians” tiring. They have nothing but their culture war going for them and I truly believe they will be sorely disappointed when they find out that the rest of the country doesn’t care about their culture war. I predict Trump will lose by 20 million or more.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 30, 2024 at 6:09 pm

      DJT lost the popular vote both times he ran for President, but the Electoral College put him in office once. You know this, no doubt; I point it out because I fear and loathe what the MAGAs might do before and after the election when and if Trump is defeated again. And, if DJT is not defeated, Katie bar the door.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      March 31, 2024 at 10:12 am

      Good Morn ‘Ting Duvall Republicans,
      Duvall conservatives, let me remind you that Florida is still laughing at you, one and all, for your failure to “Ditch Your Dude” and “Run Your Own HOT MlLF” to beat the Democrat’s HOT MlLF *Deegan*.
      Even though I warned you all time & time again well prior to the Mayor Election that would be the only way you Republicans would win.
      Now Duvall Conservatives, Florida sees you as less than nothing and we Laugh at your idioticy.
      Earl Pitts American

      • Phil Morton

        March 31, 2024 at 12:12 pm

        You’re not from anywhere around Duval are you?

        • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

          March 31, 2024 at 5:42 pm

          I’m understanding of your “Feelings” Mr. DEAN BLACK masqurading as some RANDO Dook 4 Brains commenter by the fake name of “Phil Morton.
          Earl Responds by playing back Florida’s Sage Patriots laughing at not just Dean Black but laughing at all the “Fake Conservative Nutless Unichs in “Duvall Strong”:
          “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA” ….. and furthermore: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, !!!!
          Earl Pitts “JUST TOOK YOU TO SKOOL” American

        • rick whitaker

          April 1, 2024 at 3:14 pm


      • rick whitaker

        March 31, 2024 at 7:54 pm


  • Michael K

    March 30, 2024 at 5:14 pm

    Why do these so-called “Christians” have so much hatred for fellow human beings? Why do these so-called “Christians” think that they have a monopoly to dictate what other people choose to observe or not observe?

    • rick whitaker

      March 30, 2024 at 10:23 pm

      michael, they are not so-called christians. they are real christians, that’s the way christians act. look at the past few centuries of history for proof. christians have faith that they know what’s best for me and you. christianity is one of the most destructive forces on earth.

      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        March 31, 2024 at 5:50 pm

        Thank you Rick for reaching out to Michael, quite likely the “Bestest and Most Sage Advice” we could offer is to reference the Lost Soul, Michael K, to the Sage Teachings of ME, Earl Pitts American.
        Rick, lets work with Michael K, as I feel that you and me, Earl Pitts American, are the only 2 people left On The Planet who can save Michael K from Eternal Damnation.
        Thanks Rick,
        Earl Pitts American

        • rick whitaker

          March 31, 2024 at 7:55 pm


  • Love Thy Neighbor

    March 30, 2024 at 5:21 pm

    Biden issued a nice Easter message last year and will probably do so again this year. TGV day has been around since 2009 and always falls on March 31. Easter will only fall on March 31 only a few times this century. As a follower of Christ, I do not need the government to proclaim any message of faith, and hold the separation between church and state sacrosanct as a founding principle of this country. I also find Biden’s message of love and acceptance of our fellow man, and protection for the most vulnerable in society, in far closer example of Christ’s teachings, without any proselytization. Unlike the disgusting cooptation of the ancient sacred text of the Bible by Trump, with its overt christian nationalist symbolism of pasting the American flag, secular documents, and the lyrics to a Lee Greenwood country song and hocking it to profit to pay for his legal bills. Harper Collins refused the publication deal because they knew it was so egregious it would tank their whole brand.
    I reject any politician who seeks to coopt religion for his own power and gains, and hate is a universal currency for which there is no entrance fee. That is the opposite of the significance of Christ’s teaching and the message of Easter, which is universal. God is love. Anyone who can feel and show love to their fellow man has felt the power of God. My faith is not so fragile it can be “coopted” or “replaced” by anything. That’s just laughable. “Worshipping” a high holy day, which is a commemoration, to the exclusion of love and support for your fellow man, is the definition of Pharisee-ism and hypocrisy. Jesus even preached a sermon on that against the Pharisee idea they would not even lift a finger on the sabbath to rescue an animal in a ditch. Jesus said the animal doesn’t know what day it is, he just knows he’s in a ditch. His point was not to worship symbols and get all sanctimonious which is exactly what this outcry is doing, and missing the point entirely.

    Mark 12:31 – The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

    Luke 11:43 – Woe to you Pharisees! You love the chief seats in the synagogues and the greetings in the marketplaces.

    Mark 12:38-40 – As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They defraud widows of their houses, and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will receive greater condemnation.”

    Matthew 23:12-13 – “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.”

    I hope people who are railing about Biden’s WH message actually take time to reflect on Christ’s teachings and stop dealing in politics of hate.

    I Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

    • Love Thy Neighbor

      March 30, 2024 at 5:53 pm

      And I meant to say love and support. It is not up to anyone to “accept’ or “not accept” their fellow man, much less label, judge, condemn, marginalize, or abuse. It is only for us to love and support one another the best we can. All people do well to remember this, and that Faith is by definition something that is not shaken, not coopted, and not used for special interests or against anyone, otherwise you’re just parading around as a fraud for your own ends. St. Paul warned against politics and politicizing as being the downfall of the faith. It is nothing new, but always disgusting and disappointing. If we observe strict separation between church and state, none of this nonsense would be able to be manipulated for ill purposes. So tired of this crass culture war nonsense. If people would wake up and realize they’re just being manipulated and distracted.

    • rick whitaker

      March 30, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      love thy neighbor, the bible is a worthless pack of lies. if you don’t believe that, you are going to hell.

      • Impeach Biden

        March 31, 2024 at 12:38 pm

        Hell is reserved for you my left of Sanders friend.🤣

        • rick whitaker

          March 31, 2024 at 7:33 pm

          impeach biden, that would be impossible you fool, there is no such thing as hell. the jokes on you for believing that childish bullshit. are you so weak minded that you need a fairy tale to believe in to be happy. if you believe that christian bs you can be convinced of anything. no wonder you are a maga cultist.

          • Impeach Biden

            March 31, 2024 at 8:40 pm

            You are one dumb and mean spirited yahoo from Tennessee. How many times will I have to tell you that I am not a MAGA cultist so it gets through your pea sized brain? If anyone is a cultist it is you following that brain dead CIC currently ruining this country as we speak. Wake up and smell the moonshine left of Bernie Rick. Get ready for Slo Joe’s next vote buying move, “Free rent for all those that currently play slum lords like you”. I’ll support that.🤣

        • rick whitaker

          April 1, 2024 at 2:52 pm

          impeach biden, if you are not a maga, then what the hell are you. i know that you are intellectually limited and that you suffer from some of the worst biased thinking that i have seem. agism seems to be one of your go to bisaes. in a just pure political sense, i don’t know where you would fit in or who would want you. i ignore most of what you say because you are inferior to me and i can’t gain from you in the least.

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  • Phil Morton

    March 30, 2024 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Dean Black,

    March 31 is International Transgender Visibility Day, it also happens to be Easter, this year. We can have both without your sanctimonious thoughts. Grow up!

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      March 31, 2024 at 6:18 pm

      Good evening Duvall Strong,
      As I, Earl Pitts American, revealed above:
      This “Phil Morton” and Duvall’s failed Conservative Leadership, “Dean Black” are one in the same.
      Be not fooled once again by these “Nutless Unichs” who masqurade as conservative Leaders but in reality already sold you out as Deegan Cucks.
      Thank you Duvall Strong,
      And who’s Sage Advice will you follow next Mayoral Election Cycle?
      I thought so:
      The Sage Advice of ME, Earl Pitts American
      * just to be clear: if I tell you to run a hot MlLF next Mayoral election then that is what I expect you to do.*

      • rick whitaker

        March 31, 2024 at 7:56 pm


  • the Truth

    March 30, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with everything Representative Dean Black said! The transgenders will have their special day in Hell. I am pretty sure the Bible does not support men who want to be women and all that goes with that craziness.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 30, 2024 at 10:53 pm

      Jesus hung out with the sinners, not virtuous persons like you and Dean. Jesus also threw the moneychangers out of the church, which would be a problem for MAGA types.

    • Read your Bible

      March 31, 2024 at 8:41 am

      Jesus said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. This applies to all people, including transgender people and immigrants, folks that Dean Black has railed against in the Florida House.

      The Sixth Commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, but Dean Black votes in favor of the death penalty. He should also read Matthew 25:31-40. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Dean votes against feeding hungry children and is in favor of many children being kicked off of their healthcare as of today, Easter Sunday.

      There’s a special day in Hell for Dean Black, and for you. But you still have time to repent your wicked ways and cast that hate out of your heart..

      • rick whitaker

        March 31, 2024 at 7:40 pm

        read your bible, the bible does say all that shit you said it does, but nobody lives that way so what good is it. BTW, there is no hell you fool. you speak of easter as if it is a special day, it is not. the lie about jesus coming back to life is fiction, are you too stupid to know that that is all a big lie. wake up, religion is for fiction fans, not realist.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      March 31, 2024 at 6:21 pm

      Deegan Cuck masqurading under the fake name of “Truth”
      WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

    • No hypocrites

      April 1, 2024 at 10:38 pm

      I pray for you, thinking trans people will go to hell. I’m pretty sure people like you who pass judgement will be the ones condemned to hell for thinking you’re God. God says to let Him have judgement. Not you, you hypocrite

  • Nope

    March 31, 2024 at 1:01 am

    How strange to think a message of love and kindness would “take away” from the 2000+ year old message of Easter, as if not understanding at all what Jesus, and Easter, is about.

    • rick whitaker

      March 31, 2024 at 7:43 pm

      nope, only deluded fools care about that jesus bull shit. you are in a cult if you believe that shit.

  • Dear Ms. Dean Black

    March 31, 2024 at 9:13 am

    Attacking trans people won’t get you far in your political career, ask your governor colleague Rhonda. You two transphobe idiots will be out of office before you know it. Stop shoving your religious ideologies and political craziness on the people that Jesus loves. Your hearts are hardened and you trying to make headlines with blasphemous comments on this Easter Sunday is distasteful in the eyes of our Lord. Jesus would flip over your dinner table and call you a hypocrite! You hypocrite!! Let’s explore your perceived and known sins and expose your private life to the world!!! Oh maybe that’s why you’re attacking other people, because you took “love your neighbor” as in “love your neighbors wife”. No more MAGAts projecting hate on people and no more of this GOP dividing our nation. Oh guess what?!? Trump lost, January 6 was an attack on the capitol, and they’re not hostages they are CRIMINALS.

  • the Truth hurts

    March 31, 2024 at 9:39 am

    Stop shoving the Trans thinking on normal people. if that is what you want to do, fine, but, Do not have men dressed as women freaks dance in front of small children. I don’t think Jesus would approve of that.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 31, 2024 at 10:54 am

      And you are “normal”, getting up in other people’s business?

    • George

      March 31, 2024 at 2:52 pm

      Stop shoving the Christian thinking on normal people. Jesus looked pretty good in a long dress…er…smock.

    • rick whitaker

      March 31, 2024 at 7:50 pm

      truth hurts, the only one shoving thinking on people is jesus freaks mixing their stupid fictitious religion with democratic government. the jesus freak maga crap is a pack of lies and un brainwashed people don’t want it shoved on us as you said.

  • Andrew Finn

    March 31, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    Oh my !!!! We have “Easter” and “Transgender Day” falling on the same day. Now I guess the “Easter Bunny” can identify as the “Easter Elephant” or whoever he chooses now. C’mon, who makes this garbage up anyway ????

    • the Truth

      March 31, 2024 at 6:46 pm

      Joe Biden and his administration and the crazy Democrats make up this crap

  • Seber Newsome III

    March 31, 2024 at 6:48 pm

    I support Dean Black!!!!!!

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 31, 2024 at 10:57 pm

      Why? Black failed to get your monument back in place.

      • Seber Newsome III

        April 1, 2024 at 10:30 am

        it was not Representative Black’s fault, our own people doomed us with their idiotic comments in Committee. Their is always next session to do it 🙂

        • rick whitaker

          April 1, 2024 at 2:03 pm

          seber, so you are focused on getting a filthy statue put back up, how pathetic. you must have white christian nationalistic tendencies. i may have took your post wrong. putting a racist statute backup for bogus reasons was what you were focusing on wasn’t it?

          • wait and see

            April 2, 2024 at 8:47 am


        • MH/Duuuval

          April 1, 2024 at 6:41 pm

          There is a record now of the unvarnished white racism that underpins the monuments to the rebellion. I don’t know why y’all just don’t take charge of the woman and kids sculpture and put it up somewhere along the interstate where everyone can see it. But, no, you want everyone to bow down to chattel slavery, physical and sexual abuse, the arbitrary division of families, etc.

  • Keystone Keys

    March 31, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Biden is actually transgendered. He is a Democrat masquerading as an American.

    • rick whitaker

      April 1, 2024 at 2:57 pm


      • MH/Duuuval

        April 1, 2024 at 7:01 pm

        That was KK(K)s feeble attempt to categorize Ds as un-American, when the reality is that J6 was entirely an operation of MAGA and its lackeys. There is only a rump GOP remaining, which may or may not survive until Nov. 2024 is in the record books for Master Trump’s second defeat.

  • No More Dean

    April 1, 2024 at 10:33 pm

    Dean Black is a piece of shit, and so is anybody who think he’s doing a good job. Picking on any citizen as an elected representative is a no good waste of an elected offficial. What has this country and the citizens come to? Who cares if a man wants to be a woman that is THEIR BUSINESS not mine, and certainly not yours! Mind your own damn business people, worry about your own kids, your own wife, and stop this hatred towards one another and the culture wars! Support one another, love one another, and let’s get this country back to functional.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 2, 2024 at 10:59 am

    MAGA leaders are foisting a three-card monte game on their adherents, focusing on what people do inside their homes or heads. Meanwhile the rich get richer and more selfish. Apparently MAGA voters want a return to the antebellum years when masters had to be placated to avoid punishment.

  • the Truth

    April 2, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Hey No More Dean: they can do whatever they want in private, but cannot try to convert children to their perverted way of thinking, you heard of, Drag time story hour???

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 2, 2024 at 8:20 pm

      Have you taken your children to one of these events? No one is made to do this. Or, are you yourself afraid of a Drag storyteller?

      • the Truth

        April 4, 2024 at 8:36 pm

        you seem like a pervert MH/Duuuval… you probably take your kids to one of those shows , don’t you

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