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Here’s Why DeSantis Endorses Controversial SB 1834 ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (News Service of Florida) — The Senate is set Tuesday to wade into a fight about a controversial proposal that critics have dubbed the “don’t say gay” bill because it could affect discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity in schools.

The proposal (SB 1834), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee.

The overall bill includes issues such as requiring school districts to notify parents of any changes to students’ services or monitoring of students’ mental or physical health.

But part of the bill dealing with discussions about sexual orientation and gender has riled LGBTQ advocates and invited the moniker “don’t say gay.”

That part of the bill says, “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

Parents could file lawsuits against school districts for violations of the bill.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has made parental involvement in education a rallying cry, endorsed the measure on Monday.

“We’ve seen instances of students being told by different folks in school, ‘Oh, well, don’t worry, don’t pick your gender yet, do all this other stuff.’ They won’t tell the parents about these discussions that are happening. That is entirely inappropriate,” DeSantis said during an appearance in Miami.

DeSantis characterized the bill as part of “transparency legislation” that Republicans are “really working on” this session.

“We want parents to be able to have access to what’s going on in the classroom. And certainly it is inappropriate to be hiding these things from parents,” the governor said.

A similar House measure (HB 1557) has advanced from the Education & Employment Committee and needs approval from the Judiciary Committee before it could go to the House floor.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat who is gay, criticized the measure as sending a “dangerous message” that conversations about the LGBTQ community should not be allowed.

“It’s going to have, really, a chilling effect on the ability of school districts to continue with LGBTQ-inclusive policies that create positive educational environments for our youth,” Smith said during a news conference held by House Democrats.

Original Article: https://cbs12.com/news/local/desantis-dont-say-gay-bill-florida-school-classroom-education-lgbt?

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  1. We need more parent intervention in the teaching of the children: just like our parents had the pta: that a song made famous: the Harper valley pta. schools and teachers indoctrination of our children need to stop. No one had to teach us about if Mary was a lesbian nor if Harry was a homo: and any of the in between. We knew in the movie crocodile Dundee: a Sheila from a Bill.

  2. We need to stop letting Satan lead the way. Kids aren’t stupid and they having been figuring out “what” they are for years. They don’t need a teacher who should be focusing on education putting unnecessary thoughts in their heads.
    Teachers need to stick to helping these kids learn the skills they need to become successful in the working world, which is where they will all end up. And they will get along just fine whatever they decide they “are” all on their own.

  3. EXACTLY CORRECT!!! The schools should teach the basics ( in the old schools: reading, writing, arithmetic, science, history as is/was and geography). Having been taught these basics, the students will decide for themselves where they want to go from there!!!

  4. Well, unfortunately back in the day gays and lesbians were in the closet. That is no longer true today. I think we need to teach tolerance of differences and heavily discourage bullying. As for history, it needs to be taught correctly with all our warts and all. Kids also need to know that the victor gets to write his version of events in history. They should be encourage to ask questions and have them answered.

  5. This had to happen once the young girl attempted suicide after being counseled by a school psychologist without the parent’s being notified. The parents are suing the school district after their child attempted to commit suicide following the school’s efforts to orchestrate her secret transition to a male gender identity.
    It has nothing to do with the gay community as Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat who is gay says. He criticized the measure as sending a “dangerous message” that conversations about the LGBTQ community should not be allowed. No Carlos, it’s about secretly trying to transition children to a gender identity other than their biological gender. Carlos Smith is wrong saying, “…it will have a chilling effect on the ability of school districts to continue with LGBTQ-inclusive policies that create positive educational environments for our youth.”

  6. Kathi tolerance and acceptance is 2 different things. The problem of asking questions is, who gets to answer them. Your answer would be along acceptance and my answer would be along the lines of tolerance. I don’t think anyone should be bullied, but I don’t want you or any teacher to tell my child what is or is not acceptable when it comes to sex. That is not your place. I don’t want your opinion or you to influence or brainwash my child to your way of thinking.

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