The Florida House has approved a bill that expands the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law, which restricts conversations surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. The bill prohibits discussions on said issues up to eighth grade, following the previous ban up to third grade. It also forbids the use of pronouns that do not match the person’s biological sex.
The legislation is part of a group of bills that require Senate approval before being presented to Governor Ron DeSantis.
Democrats have expressed concerns about the harmful effects the bill could have on LGBTQ students, teachers, and their families, while Republicans argue that it is about parental rights and not anti-LGBTQ.