The so called “Don’t Say Gay” Bill has now passed the Florida state legislature and expected to become law on July 1st 2022. I call it the “so called Don’t Say Gay bill” because that’s the name that far left activists are calling it. That is not the name of the actual bill nor does the bill ban the use of the word “gay”.
Anyone who has read the bill, and I encourage you to read it and form your own conclusions, knows that the outrage coming from the Left over this bill is just nonsense. It does not ban the use of the word “gay”. And it definitely doesn’t make it legal to arrest someone for saying the word “gay”, like someone recently told me on Twitter. What the bill does do is gives parents more control over their child’s education and prevents sex, whether gay or straight, from being taught to children in 3rd grade or younger or in a non age appropriate manner for children older than 3rd grade.
Section 1 and 2 of the bill goes over your right to know what is going on with your child in school and that the school can not hide stuff about your child’s physical, emotional or mental well being. It does however give the school district personnel the power “to withhold such information from a parent if a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect”.
Section 3 seems to be what is most controversial in this bill. The section states that “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.” This section seems to be what the Left is so upset with and where the “don’t say gay” narrative originated from, but I don’t see the use of the word “gay” anywhere. I’m not sure why it’s controversial to say that your 6 year old should not be learning about sex, whether it’s gay or straight sex.
The bill then goes in to that parents of young children need to be notified of healthcare services taught at their child’s school and gives them the option to withhold consent. It also requires that parents of children in third grade or younger be notified before their child is given a health screening form.
Finally the bill gives parents the right to get more involved in their child’s education and allows them to sue if their concerns are not resolved within 30 days.
After actually reading the bill for myself I have to wonder if the people marching and chanting “gay, gay, gay”, like DeSantis or really anyone cares if they are gay, have actually taken the time to read the bill instead of just repeating left wing spin. My guess is no considering nowhere in the bill does it ban the use of the word “gay”. It does not prevent you child for going to their teacher and telling them that they think they may be gay, although I wouldn’t know how a 6 year old would know what their sexual orientation truly is at the age. I also don’t know why preventing a teacher from teaching your 6 year old about sex is controversial.
I’m glad that Florida has a Governor with a backbone like Ron DeSantis who doesn’t back down and who calls out these people for their nonsense.
“Critics” of the bill are desperate to paint anything that is passed by Republicans as a dangerous bill that takes away LGBT rights but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’ll go to any standard to try to smear these bills, bills that they likely haven’t even read. They come up with propaganda like the video below, but had they actually read the bill they wouldn’t find this anywhere. They would find that no where in the bill does it prevent your child from mentioning that they have two gay parents. It also doesn’t even mention middle school age students like this girl appears to be.
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m gay. I’m also capable of thinking for myself and forming my own conclusions and that’s why I’m gay and 100% support this bill. Had this bill done what Left wing activists accuse the bill of doing, I would absolutely be against it, but it does not. The bill does not prevent a child from talking about their gay parents. The bill does not “tape the mouths of kids with gay parents shut” like I was told this week on Twitter. The bill does not prevent a child from asking their teacher questions about sexuality. The bill does not prevent a child from talking to their friends about their gay parents. The bill does not arrest anyone for daring to mention the word “gay” in the state of Florida. The only thing this bill does is allow parents to be more involved in their child’s education and prevents the over sexualization of children.