Historians draw parallels between 'Don't Say Gay' legislation and Florida's purge of gay teachers decades ago

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Don’t Say Gay bill repeats Florida’s history, historians say

  • The “Don’t Say Gay” bill – is one of the most controversial bills from this year’s legislative session.
  • Opposing lawmakers express concerns on why it prohibits gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Historians say the state’s treatment of LGBTQ students dates back to a darker time in Florida’s history.

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Florida legislation titled “Parental Rights in Education” (HB 1557) – dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” bill – is one of the most controversial bills from this year’s legislative session drawing in many concerns from opposing lawmakers.

In a March 7 meeting, Florida Sen. Tina Polsky, a Democrat, questioned a sponsor of the bill why, of all the difficult topics in the classroom, it specifically prohibits gender identity and sexual orientation. 

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