UPDATE: FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS SIGNED THE "DON'T SAY GAY" BILL INTO LAW ON MARCH 28TH, 2022. Equality Florida and Family Equality state the law violates the constitutionally protected rights of free speech, equal protection, and due process of students and families and have filed a lawsuit against Gov. DeSantis.
After weeks of powerful student protests and walkouts across Florida, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is now on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk awaiting his signature.
This dangerous bill blocks teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people and undermines existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools. This legislation is meant to stigmatize LGBTQ people, isolate LGBTQ kids, and make teachers fearful of providing a safe, inclusive classroom.
The existence of LGBTQ students and parents is not a taboo topic that has to be regulated by the Florida Legislature. You can rush a message to Gov. DeSantis demanding he veto this harmful legislation before he signs it into law.
Here is what you can say
Dear Gov. DeSantis:
I urge you to veto the harmful "Don't Say Gay" bill (HB 1557) that has passed the Florida Legislature. This bill would effectively erase LGBTQ students, families, and history by banning classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. It would also undermine existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools, potentially putting them in danger. The Legislature cannot force LGBTQ people back into the closet by policing identity or stopping kids from talking about their same-sex parents. You must veto this bill.