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To: Florida House, Florida Senate, Florida Governor DeSantis

Stop the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Stop the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida. The passage of a bill to ban any discussion of children’s LGBTQ+ identity will hurt kids and limit schools’ ability to foster an overall environment of compassion and kindness to all.

Why is this important?

My name is Jaime. I’m a mom and teacher in Florida. My husband and I have three amazing children— our youngest is transgender. Our family is one of many with a personal stake in stopping the discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay” (HB 1557/SB 1834) bill currently working its way through the Florida legislature because our daughter identifies as a girl even though she was mistakenly assigned male at birth.

Because of how she chooses to express her authentic self, our daughter has been bullied at school. We fear the passage of a bill to ban any discussion of children’s LGBTQ+ identity will hurt kids and limit schools’ ability to foster an overall environment of compassion and kindness to all.

Right now, politicians in FL are proposing a bill that would BAN some educators from teaching about LGBTQ+ people. This bill would make it illegal for any elementary school staffer—including teachers and school counselors—to talk about LGBTQ+ people.

They would be barred from talking about how kids express their gender identity, or the fact that some kids have two dads or two moms.

And if a child confides in their teacher or counselor about their own identity, that staff member would be required to disclose that to their parents, even if there were concerns about potential abuse.

Sadly, a third of all LGBTQ+ youth report being physically abused by parents due to their identity. Requiring staff to tell parents puts children at a huge and unacceptable risk of violence.

Sign the petition now and tell FL legislators and the governor to oppose this dangerous bill.

Thank you.

Updates

2022-03-09 13:20:39 -0500

100 signatures reached

2022-02-24 23:16:45 -0500

50 signatures reached

2022-02-23 08:54:00 -0500

25 signatures reached

2022-02-22 19:44:10 -0500

10 signatures reached