Lewis Hamilton has criticised plans to expand a controversial law on sexual education in Florida.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis is set to widen a law barring public schools from teaching about sexual education and gender identity to all grades. Teachers who violate the law face being suspended or losing their teaching licences.
The law, officially titled the Parental Rights in Education Act and known as "Don't Say Gay", was passed last year and is currently in effect for public schools from kindergarten through third grade. Republican DeSantis is poised to extend it to all grades, through to the final year of high school.
"It's not good. At all," Hamilton said. "I stand by the LGBTQ community here and hope they continue to push back. It is no different to when we were in Saudi," the Mercedes driver added. "It is not the right direction and not the right message.
"I am here and hoping that just by showing up with my helmet I will be continuing to support the LGBT community and showing I stand with them in solidarity. I hope they continue to fight against it. My sympathy and thoughts are with the people here in Miami. It's not them making the decisions, it's the people in government and that's the issue.
Recently, Lewis Hamilton declared to be stand for LGBTQ rights even if that meant jail or dead.
Hamilton always race with a rainbow flag on his helmet
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