Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill In Effect

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A new billboard welcoming visitors to "Florida: The Sunshine 'Don't Say Gay or Trans' State' is seen Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Winter Park, Fla. Billboards, which are being placed in key areas with high visitor traffic and visibility, are part of a new advertising campaign launched by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, also known as the ‘don’t say gay’ law officially takes effect today. It limits discussion of LGBTQ issues, race, and sexual orientation in kindergarten to third-grade classrooms. NBC’s WESH in Florida spoke with some Orange County school teachers who are pushing back.

“We’re going to continue to support them and be there for them. There is no law that’s going to make us stop doing with that.”

This bill also requires school districts to notify parents if those things happen and authorizes the parents to bring actions against the school districts.

“Teachers were hearing that they wouldn’t be allowed to wear clothing that was rainbow colored or rainbow lanyards, or, um, they wouldn’t be able to wear black lives matter shirt.”

Supporters of the bill say it gives parents more control over their child’s education. Critics say it opens up the floodgates to lawsuits, discrimination, and is wrong.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Washington Correspondent Ebony McMorris’s report: 

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