Florida Democrat Has Face Printed on Condoms Ahead of Orlando Pride Event: 'You're Protected with Rep. Eskamani'

A Florida Democrat has put her face on condoms and revealed she plans to hand them out at a pride event in Orlando this weekend.

Florida State Rep. Anna Eskamani unveiled the design of her personalised prophylactics in a tweet Monday evening, jokingly adding that she was open to dialogue about her face being put on more objects.

Eskamani-brand condoms will come in an outer wrapper featuring her face imposed on a rainbow background with a text overlay saying: "You're protected with Rep. Eskamani!"

The inside wrappers are covered in speech bubbles simply reading: "Say it with a condom." Eskamani said she and her team would be giving away the condoms at the Orlando Come Out with Pride event being held at Lake Eola Park this weekend.

"I mean, who doesn't want a free condom with my face on it?" she tweeted.

Responding to a Floridian Press article asking whether she would "now start putting her face on dildos and lube bottles," Eskamani added: "Just a reminder that condoms are not the same as dildos or lubricant BUT if there is a demand for my face to be on more things I'm open to having that dialogue."

The former local Planned Parenthood director told Orlando Weekly that the custom condoms were intended to be a "fun way to talk about courageous discussions" around sexuality and health.

"With very high HIV transmission rates, it means we need to address this crisis head on, and talk about complex sexual health education topics, like easy access to the tools needed to make healthy decisions," Eskamani said in her interview with the local news outlet.

She also told Orlando Weekly that she couldn't think of a "better tool than free condoms" to start those conversations, stressing that her stunt was "not for voting" but Pride and public health.

The State House Representative of District 47 claimed she paid for all 250 condoms with her own money instead of tax dollars.

Eskamani gained national attention last year when she became the first Iranian-American to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives after appearing on the cover of Time magazine months earlier.

Her push to raise local awareness around sexual health with free condoms came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday revealed cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis reached record highs in America last year.

Its latest annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report found there were 1.8 million cases of Chlamydia alone—marking a 19 percent increase since 2014—while newborn deaths resulting from syphilis went up from 77 in 2017 to 94 in 2018.

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