Florida Gov. Signs Bill Banning Instruction on LGBT Issues in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Classrooms

Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, has signed a bill banning instructions about LGBTQ+ issues in kindergarten to 3rd-grade classrooms.

On Monday, the Parental Rights in Education Act, known as HB 1557, was signed into law. This was after weeks of condemnation from critics who have described the legislation as the "Don't Say Gay Bill."

DeSantis said during a press conference in Holly Hill, Florida, "In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved.

"For example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second-grade classrooms. And so what they're doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions."

This means that sexual teachings and identity for kindergarten through third-grade students is now banned under the new law.

However, some persons have criticized the signing of the bill including Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, one of the bill's most outspoken opponents.

He said in a tweet on Monday, "I'm not saying DeSantis is a homophobe – I'm simply saying the homophobes think he's a homophobe. And he wants their vote… not just in FL, but across the country in a GOP presidential primary. That's why he signed #DontSayGay. Not to help Floridians, but to help himself." 

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