Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds up his Don’t Say Gay bill as evidence of how he’s protecting the children and parents in his state, but critics recognize the bill as a thinly-veiled attack on LGBTQ families and children. Now, others on the right are scrambling to copy the legislation in their own states.
Critics point out that the bill is so vaguely-worded as to be essentially useless in terms of actual regulation, so that its functional purpose is enabling harassment and litigation. Since it doesn’t specify what type of teaching or introduction of topics surrounding gender and sexuality are considered ‘age-appropriate,’ but does demand that teachers adhere to ‘age-appropriate’ standards, educators are left to wonder if they’ll face attacks if they acknowledge a child’s two same-sex parents, or allow literature that acknowledges genders outside the binary, or relationships outside the heteronormative mold.
Now, Andrew Giuliani is using the bill in his election bid, jumping on the right-wing falsehood that this is about protecting children from “the left’s effort to introduce sex to children” — something that educators just are not doing by being inclusive.
In the Newsmax clip below, he promises that if he’s elected as Governor of New York, he’ll follow DeSantis’ example, implementing a similar law.
"I would push legislation like [Florida's Parental Rights in Education law] in New York, and I look forward to signing it into law next year," said New York gubernatorial candidate @AndrewHGiuliani. #WakeUpAmericaWeekend pic.twitter.com/28kif09AYy
— Newsmax (@newsmax) April 10, 2022
“I don’t care if that’s heterosexuality [or] homosexuality,” Giuliani declares, but there’s little danger that teachers will face persecution for acknowledging heterosexual couples or cisgender people’s pronouns.
Though he cites the right of parents to educate their children as they see fit, the Don’t Say Gay bill isn’t about parents educating their children, but about demanding limits on the ability of the public education system to do so.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com