The controversial law, officially known as the ‘Parental Rights In Education’ bill, came into effect last year. It was aimed at kindergarten through to third grade. Yesterday, the Florida Board of Education approved its expansion to years 4 to 12. The board is full of DeSantis appointees. The bill prohibits the discussion of any LGBTQ topics in the classroom.
Chasten slammed suggestions DeSantis was doing what’s best for kids: “DeSantis and the FL Board of Ed know exactly what they’re doing. Legislation like this will worsen already bleak mental health numbers amongst vulnerable youth. Of all the issues facing Floridians, why deny the existence of LGBTQ people? Because it’s good for his brand.”
Recently, the Florida House Republicans passed a litany of anti-LGBTQ legislation. These bills could prohibit gender-affirming care for children, punish businesses letting minors watch drag shows, and treat transgender people peeing in the wrong bathroom as criminals.
President Biden denounced Florida legislation restricting LGBTQ rights.