Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill: What You Need to Know

This week, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed a bill that would ban teachers from discussing homosexuality in public schools.

This so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill is getting criticized by many people, who argue that it will only serve to punish gay people and their supporters.

It is the first of its kind in the United States as a law. This article will discuss what you need to know about Florida’s new don’t say gay bill.

Don’t Say, Gay Bill

The don’t say gay bill was introduced by Republican Senator Dennis Baxley. The law makes it illegal for teachers to “promote a homosexual lifestyle” or “imply that it’s an acceptable alternative lifestyle.”

The law means that teachers would not be allowed to discuss homosexuality in any context, including in health class or discussions about bullying.

What Critics Of The Law Say

Critics of the don’t say gay bill argue that it will only serve to stigmatize further and isolate LGBTQ students.

They worry that students struggling with their sexual orientation will not be able to get the support they need if they can’t even talk about it at school.

Additionally, many people believe that this bill is a clear violation of the First Amendment.

Can The Law Be Challenged

At this point, it is unclear whether or not the law is being challenged. However, even if it didn’t pass, its existence is a clear sign that homophobia is still alive and well in our society.

Judging from the political climate in Florida, a challenge to the law won’t win. So the question for activists is, how do you prioritize your time best. Do you fight a losing battle against the Don’t Say Gay Law, or do you find contests you can win?

Final Word On Don’t Say Gay Law

The Don’t Say Gay Bill represents an archaic and impractical school of thought, and it’s comparable to the policy of book burning, except the Don’t say gay law is worse. In other words, your freedom of speech is under attack.

If you’re worried about your child living and growing in a society that tells people what they can or can’t say, you should pay attention to this story. More importantly, if you are against the stigmatization of lifestyles, you should help push back against future laws like this.

Originally published at https://viableoutreach.com on March 28, 2022.

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