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Rep. Frankel Statement on Don’t Say Gay Law

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) released the following statement after Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s dangerous Parental Rights in Education legislation, also referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, into law.

“School should be a nurturing environment for kids to learn and grow, where all students feel welcomed and supported,” said Rep. Frankel. “The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill will make it harder for students to receive information essential to their well-being and put LGBTQ+ children at risk to bullying and mistreatment.”

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill prohibits any classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary schools and restricts these conversations throughout high school to "appropriate” discussion. This purposely vague language will allow parents to sue school districts, teachers, and schools that bring up “inappropriate” LGBTQ+ related issues, effectively censoring educators and excluding LGBTQ+ history, information, and students from Florida’s school system.