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KENTUCKY GOP Led Sate Legislature Passes "Don't Say Gay /Anti-Trans Bill" The Worst in the Nation"

KENTUCKY GOP Led State Legislature Passes “Don’t Say Gay /Anti-Trans Bill” The Worst in the Nation”

Well at least the ban on drag shows failed. For now.

A GOP led Kentucky House committee advanced a bill last minute that stuffed an anti-trans/drag bill into another hateful piece of legislation, the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” or “parental rights” bill.

Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, which The bill requires school districts to form bathroom policies based on biological sex, limits the discussion of LGBT issues in K-12 sexual education classes and blocks a Kentucky Department of Education recommendation that teachers refer to children by their preferred pronouns, was quickly brought up on the last day before the veto period and passed 16-5. Then HB 470 elements, like banning gender-affirming care to anyone under age 18.was added to it, It then quickly went to the full House where after two hours of debate, it passed 75-22.

The final Senate vote was 30-7. When the bill passed, people in the gallery yelled at legislators and were removed. “Jesus was wearing drag,” one said. Another cried: “You’re all murderers.”

After Thursday’s vote Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said “the genesis of this measure springs from a national agenda of fearmongering.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky quickly condemned SB150 as the “worst anti-trans/Don’t Say Gay bill in the nation.”

“This dangerous bill and others like it across the country are nothing more than a desperate attempt to score political points by targeting people who simply want to live their lives,” Amber Duke, interim executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky, said in a statement. “True democracy requires meaningful and informed debate and engagement from the public. The shameful process on display in the Kentucky House undermines the public trust in government.”

Gov. Andy Beshear addressed HB 470 during his regular Thursday Team Kentucky update. He said, “All decisions for transgender children should be made by the families, not big government. And these bills harm children, lead to suicide, and we should not be doing this right now out of respect for Karen Berg and her loss.”

The veto period begins on Friday and lasts 10 days.

The GOP controlled Sate House has enough votes to override Beshear’s VETO.

FLORIDA: GOP State Legislature Advances Bill To Make “Don’t Say Gay” Law Even More Hateful

FLORIDA: GOP State Legislature Advances Bill To Make “Don’t Say Gay” Law Even More Hateful

“Among many other things this new bill would ban Sex Ed in school after the 8th grade, which is quite frankly fucking insane.” – Will Kohler

Via Fox News Service: The Republican-controlled House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee voted 14-4 along almost-straight party lines to approve the proposal (HB 1223), after numerous LGBTQ advocates slammed the bill as harmful to vulnerable youths. Rep. Lisa Dunkley, D-Sunrise, voted with Republicans for the measure. The 2022 law, which drew national attention and federal court challenges, prohibited instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and required it to be “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate” in higher grades. The new bill would extend the prohibition through eighth grade — reigniting a legislative debate about the 2022 law, which was formally titled the “Parental Rights in Education” bill but was derided by opponents as the “don’t say gay” bill.

The Tallahassee Taiban is doubling down on the hate. Pretty soon Florida will extend it to all universities then to workplaces then to any public spaces. All thanks to Oberführer (Ron DeSantas.

I’d like to end this with a personal message to the LGBT’s who call Florida home. Move out of the state that hates you. Or get your asses off the keyboards, out of the bars, off the beaches and actually do something. You know like maybe I don’t know. Protest maybe? If you don’t fight against wrong you are just as culpable and deserve everything you get.

Just some sage advice from an old front lines gay rights activist.

DEAD: Georgia's “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Dies In Senate Committee

DEAD: Georgia’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Dies In Senate Committee

Via The Georgia Reporter:

A watered-down version of a bill opponents called Georgia’s version of “Don’t Say Gay” legislation appears dead in the water after failing in a crucial Senate committee Wednesday. The first version of the bill would have restricted schools, camp counselors and other authority figures from answering children’s questions about gender identity or sexual orientation. The latest version would have required all local boards of education to develop a policy for dealing with parental involvement and child privacy related to issues of gender identity..

All but one senator on the majority-Republican Senate Education and Youth Committee voted to table the measure, leaving LGBTQ advocates stunned.

Florida GOP Lawmakers File Bill To Make “Don’t Say Gay” Law Even WORSE!

Florida GOP Lawmakers File Bill To Make “Don’t Say Gay” Law Even WORSE!

Tampa’s ABC affiliate: Florida lawmakers introduced legislation to prohibit someone describing themselves or others with pronouns besides the ones they were born with, at least in the context of the Florida education system. It also expands bans on sexual orientation and gender identity topics in schools from kindergarten to third grade, as set up by Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education/Don’t Say Gay” bill to pre-K through eighth grade instead. Rep. Adam Anderson (R-Palm Harbor) proposed the legislation Tuesday. The bill also applies to more than just public schools in Florida, when it comes to instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity, building on HB 1557 directly for both public and charter schools in Florida.

We are currently at stage 7. They’re making discrimination and active persecution legal

Stage 8 will occur if the government shifts red again unless we get off our collective asses and do something,

Wyoming’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Dies in the GOP Controlled House

Wyoming’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Dies in the GOP Controlled House

Wyoming’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill a close copy of a law passed in Florida last year. In Florida, failed in the Wyoming House this session, having missed a key deadline Friday evening.

Wyoming Public Media: Senate File 117 would have prohibited elementary school teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom. It also would have required school districts to tell parents about any change in their child’s emotional or mental health — a provision that could force schools to out gay and trans students who have come out at school but not at home. The bill made it all the way through the Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives. But House Speaker Albert Sommers (R-Pinedale) never assigned it to a committee. So the bill died last week when it missed the deadline to be heard by a committee.

Sommers said in a statement he believes the bill was unconstitutional and that it would have stripped schools and communities of local control.

“Fundamentally, I believe in local control, I’ve always fought — regardless of what really the issue is — against taking authority away from local school boards, town councils, county commissions. And in my view, that’s what this bill does.”

 Only one bill banning trans women from participating in high school sports is still being considered.

Florida County Bans Book On Gay “Indoctrinating Penguins”

Florida County Bans Book On Gay “Indoctrinating Penguins”

Only in Flori-duh. For now but if we aren’t careful coming to a red state near you soon!

Via Pensacola’s NBC affiliate 

The Escambia County school board voted Monday night to remove three challenged books from school libraries. The removed books below all contain LGBTQ+ characters. “All Boys Aren’t Blue” is a novel about a boy growing up Black and queer in America. It was available in all high schools. “And Tango Makes Three” is a real story about two male penguins who raised a chick together at the Central Park zoo. “When Aidan Became A Brother” is a children’s picture book about a transgender boy becoming a big brother. Dozens of people addressed the board Monday night both in support and against keeping these books in schools. “I am currently embarrassed to be an Escambia County student tonight,” one high school student said.

Imagine being scared of a book about penguins.

Nikki Haley Says Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law Doesn’t Go Far Enough [VIDEO]

In a rambling speech Nikki Haley the first Republican to challenge Donald Trump told voters at an Exeter, New Hampshire town hall Thursday saying that saying the Florida GOP governor’s Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” law doesn’t go far enough.

Via AlterNet

“You look at the fact that here they’re trying to talk about gender in schools. You know, there was all this talk about the Florida bill, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. Basically what it said was you shouldn’t be able to talk about gender before third grade,” Haley claimed. [This is false] I’m sorry, I don’t think that goes far enough. “When I was in school, you didn’t have sex-ed until seventh grade,” [Not the same issue]. “And even then your parents had to sign whether you could take the class “

Haley then went on to falsely claim that schools are teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT), and falsely described the college-level analytical framework designed to examine systemic racism.

Watch Haley’s remarks below. Her CRT and “Don’t Say Gay” remarks begin after the 18:00 minute mark.

Iowa Passes Bill Banning Gay and Trans Panic Defense After Introducing "Don't Say Gay" Bill

Iowa Passes Bill Banning Gay and Trans Panic Defense After Introducing “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Can we say WTF??

Despite the fact that in January Iowa House Republicans introduced a similar to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” Iowa has now a bill passed on Thursday would prohibit Iowans charged with a violent crime could not use a victim’s sexuality or sexual orientation or gender identity as a mitigating factor in their defense.

The bill banning the “gay panic defense,” House File 159, passed the House with near-unanimous support. Rep. Mark Cisneros, R-Muscatine, was the only member to vote against it.

“This defense is both heinous and ridiculous, and this bill would eliminate it as a defense in Iowa,” Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton said.

The bill has passed the House twice in the past but has not made progress in the Senate.  There has been no indication that if it were to pass the Senate this time that Republican Governor Kim Reynolds would sign it into law.

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

Florida Considers Extending "Don't Say Gay" Law to 6th. Graders

Florida Considers Extending “Don’t Say Gay” Law to 6th. Graders

The office of Florida Gov. DeSantis (R) has confirmed that the governor is supportive of extending the stipulations of the state’s Don’t Say Gay law – known formally as the Parental Rights in Education Act to the 6th. Grade (10 – 11 year olds)

Via City Watch: DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin then said that “The governor would certainly consider the merits of such a bill in final form if it comes to his desk as a product of the forthcoming legislation session.” Griffin said DeSantis often expresses his belief that “the purpose of our education system is to educate kids, not indoctrinate kids.”

In December, it was revealed that DeSantis helped members of the anti-LGBT+ group Moms for Liberty get elected to local school boards in his state. and  DeSantis appointed the far-right anti-LGBT activist Christopher Rufo to the board of trustees of the New College of Florida – a school with a reputation for being progressive in hopes of starting to stack the board with more conservative trustees. Rufo claims that American schools were “hunting grounds” for teachers, and that “parents have good reason” to worry about “‘grooming’ in public schools.”