Does Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill Outlaw the Word ‘Gay’?

Posted on AllSides March 15th, 2022
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Social media has been flooded with misinformation about the Parental Rights in Education bill in Florida, which critics derogatorily nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Some have suggested that the bill, as the nickname suggests, literally outlaws the word “gay” in Florida.

The bill, which has passed both houses of the Florida legislature, prevents teachers from providing instruction on sexuality or gender identity to  children in grades K-3 “or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” While an earlier version of the bill said schools “may not encourage...

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