Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Aims To Curtail School Lessons On LGBTQ, Gender
Florida Republicans have introduced a bill that aims to ban the discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity in schools that activists say endangers children and mirrors a prior wave of laws that sought to suppress LGBTQ conversations in the classroom.
Activists have dubbed the measure moving through Florida’s GOP-controlled Statehouse as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
If passed, the measure would “effectively silence students from speaking about their LGBTQ family members, friends, neighbors and icons,” said Kara Gross of the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
As written, the bill states that school districts “may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” A parent could sue a