MISSOURI GOP Files Country's Most Extreme "Don't Say Gay" Law

MISSOURI GOP Files Country’s Most Extreme “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Republican state Sen. Mike Moon’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which received a Tuesday committee hearing in the GOP-led Missouri state Senate, is among several filed across the nation this year that are similar to Florida’s new law. But Missouri takes it even one step further.

Missouri’s bill would only allow licensed mental health care providers to talk to students about gender identity and LGBTQ issues in K-12 public schools, and only if guardians first give permission.

“The bill follows the lead of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill but does so with broader impact and implications than any bill being considered in the nation,” said Katy Erker-Lynch, executive director of the LGBTQ state advocacy group Promo.

Democratic state Sen. Greg Razer, who serves on the committee, called the measure the “most disrespectful bill” he has seen since taking office in 2017. “What is so offensive about me that it can’t be talked about in schools?”

The Missouri measure’s chances of advancing are unclear, but other anti-transgender-related legislation seems likely to pass and signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Parson

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