Lewis Hamilton blasts Florida’s ‘Do not Say Homosexual’ legislation as he reveals he’ll drive the Miami Grand Prix with a rainbow helmet: ‘It is the folks in authorities that is the difficulty’
- The Mercedes driver criticized the state’s authorities for passing the legislation
- Hamilton spoke out in favor of abortion rights eventually 12 months’s Miami Grand Prix
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Mercedes F1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton ripped the Florida state legislature’s anti-LGBTQ+ measures handed by lawmakers in latest months forward of Sunday’s 2023 Miami Grand Prix.
Hamilton, a vocal ally for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood worldwide, in contrast legal guidelines accredited by Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis to oppression seen in nations resembling Saudi Arabia.
‘It is not good in any respect,’ Hamilton mentioned forward of the second grand prix held in Miami. ‘I stand by these throughout the neighborhood right here. I hope they proceed to face agency and push again. I will have the rainbow on my helmet. It is no completely different to once we had been in Saudi.’
As the one Black driver in System One, Hamilton is likely one of the most vocal advocates for social justice, variety, and human rights.
He has spoken out on problems with inclusion in nations with controversial human rights information and has beforehand raced with a rainbow helmet in Qatar and Saudi Arabia amongst different nations.
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton blasted Florida’s ‘Do not Say Homosexual’ invoice in Miami this week
Hamilton has worn a rainbow helmet in nations with poor LGBTQ+ rights information like Qatar
These phrases from Hamilton come simply days previous to the primary of three Grands Prix to be held in america – with dates in Austin, Texas in addition to Las Vegas coming later this season.
Desantis signed the ‘Parental Rights in Training Act’ – generally referred to by opponents of the legislation because the ‘Do not Say Homosexual Invoice’ – again in March.
That legislation has been expanded and prohibits public college lecturers within the state to show their college students about sexual orientation or gender identification.
Whereas pushing again towards the legislation, Hamilton didn’t outright say that System One ought to keep away from racing within the ‘Sunshine State’ because of these repressive payments.
‘It is not for me to determine one thing like that,’ Hamilton mentioned. ‘I did hear and have examine among the selections which have been made in authorities right here and I don’t agree with it and I don’t assist it.
‘I actually do proceed to face with the LGBTQ neighborhood and I am carrying a rainbow flag on my helmet this weekend and I simply actually wish to proceed to assist the neighborhood right here and allow them to know I stand with them and I hope they proceed to combat towards it.’
Hamilton added, ‘It is not the folks of Miami which are making these selections, it is the folks in authorities and that is the difficulty.
‘I feel, hopefully, all I can do – the game goes to be right here whether or not I’m or not – however the least I can do is simply proceed to be supportive and simply being right here and having that on my helmet, hopefully that speaks nicely to the topic.’.
Hamilton didn’t explicitly say if System One ought to cease racing in Florida because of this
Hamilton: ‘It is not the folks of Miami… it is the folks in authorities and that is the difficulty.
Hamilton additionally spoke out on social justice points eventually season’s Miami GP (proven above)
This is not the primary time Hamilton has used the Miami Grand Prix to talk out on social justice points in america.
Previous to final Might’s Miami GP – the primary one ever held on the Miami Worldwide Autodrome – Hamilton spoke out in favor of abortion rights within the nation.
One month after the race, the Supreme Courtroom overturned the choice made in Roe v. Wade that protected a person’s liberties to have an abortion.
The ensuing reversal of the ruling led to a number of states implementing severe restrictions on the medical process – together with 14 states which have a full ban on the process. Lots of these states do not need an exception for victims of rape or incest as part of these legal guidelines.
‘I like being within the States, however I can not ignore what is going on on proper now and what some within the authorities try to do to the ladies who stay right here,’ Hamilton mentioned on the time. ‘Everybody ought to have the correct to decide on what they do with their our bodies. We will not let that alternative be taken away.’
Hamilton has pushed again towards the FIA’s steering prohibiting drivers from talking out on social justice points that it put in place previous to the beginning of the 2023 season
The FIA – System One’s governing physique – mentioned earlier than the season began that drivers could be prohibited from talking their minds on social justice points at occasions.
After pushback from drivers, the place was clarified that allowed racers to reply to questions.
Whereas Hamilton made his feedback in response to a query requested by a reporter, he beforehand indicated that he wouldn’t observe the FIA’s rule.
Hamilton is probably the most profitable driver within the historical past of System One, with probably the most wins within the sport’s historical past and is tied with Michael Schumacher for probably the most world drivers championships ever.