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Controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill has Passed

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill gets passed by the senate, with Gov. Ron DeSantis leaning in favor of it too

The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

The Florida Senate has voted in favor of the Parental Rights in Education bill, AKA the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill that continues to draw attention and generate controversy with its anti-LGBTQ inclinations. While 17 people, including 2 Republicans voted against it, 22 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, which led to its approval.

At present, even Governor Ron DeSantis is leaning heavily in favor of this bill and seems likely to sign it into law, despite being criticized by the public, politicians such as President Biden, activists, and others.

What the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill includes

The Parental Rights in Education bill, more commonly known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, prohibits any discussion of gender and sexual orientation, including ‘instruction’ on the subject, from kindergarten to third grade.

The bill highlights and details how conversations within educational settings need to be censored and curbed in the classroom, preventing educators and public figures from discussing anything related to gender identity, sexuality, and other related subjects.

Gov. DeSantis has expressed support for the bill in the past, and he will likely sign it into law.

Public pushback and criticism of the Don’t Say Gay bill

 The public criticized the bill, including many student protestors who took to Tallahassee to raise awareness and march against it. It’s also been criticized by others in the political arena, including Florida Sen. Shevrin D. “Shev,” who, through tears, expressed his own struggles as an openly gay man and the challenges that brought for him and his family.

Additionally, many activists and public figures have also expressed opposition and criticism of the Don’t Say Gay bill, calling it an attack on the LGBTQ+ community and violating constitutional rights. It’s another step in the string of anti-LGBTQ activities and hate crimes that have affected the community in the recent past, including the suspected homicide of renowned activist Jorge George Diaz-Johnston.

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