Florida's Republican governor Ron DeSantis is moving to expand his state's prohibition on classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity to all grades.
Known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by critics, it was signed off in March 2022. The law prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to grade 3 in Florida public school districts.
It also prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in a manner deemed not “age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
The proposal, introduced by DeSantis' Department of Education, would prohibit all discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity across all grades, including 4-12. Teachers who violate the rules face suspension or losing teaching licences.
Florida’s Board of Education will vote on the proposal next month, and it will not require legislative approval.
Recently, President Biden denounced Florida legislation restricting LGBTQ rights.