The Republican dominated Florida Senate passed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. The discriminatory legislation, when passed, will “prohibit classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in all of Florida’s primary schools. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law.
Once law, the controversial bill will ban “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade, and will not permit a school to teach in a manner “that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Critics of the Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which states “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade three or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards”, claim it will eventually extend to all grade levels. The bill also allows parents to sue schools for any violations,
Supporters of the Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill say it allows parents to have control over their children’s education, while opponents say the bill discriminates against the LGBTQ community.