Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a comprehensive bill, SF 496, into law that imposes various restrictions on education and library materials in schools.
The law prohibits the instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation to students from kindergarten through sixth grade. School administrators are also required to inform parents if their child requests to use a different name or pronoun related to their gender identity under the new law.
There are also additional restrictions on books in school libraries. The new law only allows “age-appropriate” materials and prohibits any content depicting or describing sexual acts and school employees who repeatedly violate these provisions may face disciplinary action.
Republican-controlled states all over the country are passing similar laws around instruction on LGBTQ+ issues as well as race.