In March 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, known as the "Don’t Say Gay" bill by its critics. The bill sought to limit classroom discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity in specific grade levels within Florida’s primary schools. It was framed around the "fundamental rights of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children." The bill empowered parents to take legal action against school districts for perceived violations, aiming to establish early boundaries regarding what was deemed appropriate in schools.
In a troubling update from April 20, 2023, the Florida Board of Education approved an expansion of the state’s 'Don’t Say Gay' law, reinforcing restrictions on discussions about sexual orientation and gender for all public school students. This decision followed a request from Governor Ron DeSantis, who filed an administrative proposal for these changes. The new rule builds upon the existing Parental Rights in Education law, originally enacted in March 2022, which banned teaching about gender or sexual orientation from kindergarten through the third grade. This law prohibited discussing these topics in a way that was not "age" or "developmentally" appropriate. Now, the new rule further extends these restrictions to students through the 12th grade.
Our campaign seeks to support LGBTQIA+ youth who are impacted by these legislative changes.
We invite you to join us in writing uplifting letters to these young individuals, offering words of encouragement, understanding, and solidarity. Your words can make a meaningful difference in their lives and provide them with the support they need during these challenging times. Let’s unite and spread love and acceptance, ensuring that every youth feels valued and accepted for who they truly are. Start typing your letter and make a positive impact on a young person's life today.