How to Help Oppose the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Moving Through the Florida Legislature

How to Help Oppose the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Moving Through the Florida Legislature

1/27/2022 1:31:00 AM

How to Help Oppose the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Moving Through the Florida Legislature

Last week, the Florida House passed a bill that would severely restrict discussion on sexuality and gender identity in classrooms statewide. Here, learn how to take action against its progression.

bill, or the “Don’t Say Gay” bill as it’s been colloquially referred to by LGBTQ+ activists, the legislation permits parents to pursue legal action if they believe that their child’s school district is violating the “fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children.”

According tothe bill, these violations include encouraging “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.” Advocates for the LGBTQ+ community have slammed the legislation, saying that the prohibition of these conversations isolates LGTBQ+ youth and eliminates open, inclusive learning in schools. It prevents LGBTQ+ youth from seeking guidance from their educators.

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Parental Rights in Education bill, or the “Don’t Say Gay” bill as it’s been colloquially referred to by LGBTQ+ activists, the legislation permits parents to pursue legal action if they believe that their child’s school district is violating the “fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children.” According to the bill , these violations include encouraging “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.” Advocates for the LGBTQ+ community have slammed the legislation, saying that the prohibition of these conversations isolates LGTBQ+ youth and eliminates open, inclusive learning in schools. It prevents LGBTQ+ youth from seeking guidance from their educators. Below, we break down more details surrounding the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, officially known as HB 1557/SB 1834, and ways you can help lawmakers oppose such harmful measures. Why was this bill introduced? The “Don’t Say Gay” legislation was introduced by Republican Representative Joe Harding and Republican Senator Dennis Baxley. Supporters of this bill essentially argue that this bill is about parental rights. “This bill is about defending the most awesome responsibility a person can have: being a parent,” Harding said on January 20, per The Hill . The bill does not specify exactly what conversations or subject topics would be prohibited under this legislation, or what grade levels it would affect. As cited earlier, the text only references “primary grade levels.” According to , Harding believes that it qualifies students in grades K-5. Has the bill been signed into law? No. A