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Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill: A Dangerous Attack on LGBTQ Rights and Free Speech in the Classroom

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In March 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Act into law, which critics dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill, met with widespread condemnation is based on the premise that teachers use books to “groom” students or indoctrinate them with leftist ideologies.

This is nothing short of a blatant attack on LGBTQ rights and an attempt to silence marginalized voices in our classrooms. It is an apparent attempt to impose a narrow, right-wing agenda on our schools and to restrict the free exchange of ideas.

DeSantis’ claim that the bill does not prohibit mentioning LGBTQ people in Florida schools is false. The bill requires teachers to remove all books from their classroom libraries that depict LGBTQ people in a positive light or face felony prosecution. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment and a direct attack on the freedom of speech and expression.

It is profoundly concerning that Governor DeSantis, and his allies would seek to silence LGBTQ voices in our classrooms. This bill is a clear example of how the rights of marginalized communities are under attack in our country, and it is a reminder of the importance of standing up for the rights of all people.

We need to push back against this dangerous legislation and demand that our elected officials stand up for the rights of all students, including LGBTQ students. We must take action to ensure that our schools are safe, inclusive spaces where all students can learn and grow without fear of discrimination or persecution.

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