The governor of the US state of Florida has signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that opponents have called “Don’t Say, Gay.”
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said.
The “Parental Rights in Education” law has drawn national criticism from LGBTQ advocates, students, and civil rights organizations for fear of the marginalization of teachers and young students.
State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, the state’s first openly gay Latino lawmaker, also said that the law does not solve any existing problem.
“DeSantis is attempting to censor and exclude an entire community of people from our public schools for his own political gain,” Smith added.
On Sunday night, Oscar hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes chanted “gay, gay, gay,” in a nod to the Florida legislation.
At the signing of the bill, DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, defended the legislation.
“I don’t care what corporate media outlets say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big corporations say. Here I stand. I’m not backing down,” DeSantis said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently held a call with LGBTQ students in Florida and said his agency “will be monitoring this law upon implementation to evaluate whether it violates federal civil rights law.”
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