“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Signed by Florida Governor

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Monday, March 28, 2022, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in Kindergarten through third grade. It has been deemed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. 

 

The new legislation has led the Floridian governor to the forefront of today’s “culture wars”. People of many cohorts have denounced the bill. 

 

The bill states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

 

Critics say that because the bill contains wording that is not crystal clear, it can be censored through public schools. 

 

“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” says DeSantis. 

 

Because it is a state bill, parents can sue school districts for violations.  

 

“I think the bill is such a stupid thing. What is it accomplishing? It will just make it harder for youth to find themselves. If they are unable to learn about other communities, it’ll negatively affect them. There is nothing wrong with young kids expressing themselves,” says Jaden McBride.