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TEXAS - GOP State Rep. Brandon Creighton Sneaks "Don't Say Gay" K-12 Law.

TEXAS – GOP State Rep. Brandon Creighton Sneaks “Don’t Say Gay” K-12 Law Into HB 890.

Florida, Texas, and Kentucky. The LGBT Community’s ‘Axis of Evil”.

During a Senate Committee on Education meeting this week, Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Texas, amended HB 890, which relates to parental rights and the responsibilities of public schools. The change to bill HB 890 now includes a portion that bans the “instruction, guidance, activities, or programming regarding sexual orientation or gender identity to students enrolled in prekindergarten through 12th grade.”

The updates to the bill, critics say, are unnecessary and unfounded.

LGBT advocacy groups and organizations, like the Texas Freedom Network, say they’re outraged at the amendments made to HB 890.

It is unconscionable that lawmakers would attempt to sneak a ‘Don’t Say Gay/Transgender’ requirement into a bill that was not at all crafted for this purpose and previously received bipartisan support. Today’s committee hearing occurred without any notice given of this cruel addition. Anti-LGBTQ legislation of this nature creates an unsafe, hostile learning environment for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and educators while violating the rights of all families and parents who support inclusivity.
We’re systematically eliminating the spaces where kids can feel accepted,” said Braun. “We know from multiple studies that kids have to feel a sense of belonging and, if we’re removing the spaces where they can belong, then we’re driving them in more mental health crises than they’ve been embroiled in before.”
CBS Austin

Creighton an “alleged” homophobe and racist bill in 2019 was seeking to overturn LGBT protections enacted by Texas cities. In March 2023, he appeared here for his bill that would deny the prospect of tenure to newly-hired university professors. Creighton has spearheaded the Texas campaign to protect Confederate monuments.

In good news from Texas: (Yes, there is actually some.}

The Texas House on Saturday was required to advance bills through the committee phase by midnight. However, the House opted to not meet this weekend. The free weekend for state representatives means an untold number of bills can no longer be considered some of which focused on LGBT issues and race.

Senate Bill 16 — Banning “critical race theory” from universities, Senate Bill 1601 — Restricting libraries from hosting drag queen story hours, and Senate Bill 1029 — Holding doctors and insurers financially liable for transition-related care are all officially dead.

For now.

ALABAMA: New Bill Would Extend Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law to 8th Grade

ALABAMA: New Bill Would Extend Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law to 8th Grade

Last year several anti-LGBT bills passed and were signed into law in Alabama. One, HB334, included an amendment that prevented the teaching or discussion of gender or sexual orientations in kindergarten through fifth grade. Now the GOP controlled Alabama Housel filed on April 20 would extend and prohibit the discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation in public K-12 schools and require schools to notify parents if their child identifies as LGBT up until the 8th Grade.

HB354, sponsored by Republican Mark Butler, will extend that prohibition to the eighth grade, while adding more provisions for parents to be notified of their children’s sexual orientation in school and require local boards of education to adopt policies to notify parents if there is a change in their child’s physical, mental, or emotional status. Also, the parent would have to be notified of any medical services or well-being questionnaires beforehand and could opt their child out of those services.

The new bill was not scheduled to be discussed in a committee during this legislative session and also

UGANDA Passes New Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Life In Prison for Saying You're Gay

UGANDA Passes New Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Life In Prison for Saying You’re Gay

Coming soon to Ron DeSantis’ Florida? He would if he could.

A new law in passed by Uganda government to crack down on homosexual activities comes with the penalty of life in prison. While homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but this bill introduces many new criminal offenses. The bill is one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa.

Amnesty International has called the bill, which criminalizes same-sex between consenting adults “appalling”, “ambiguous” and “vaguely worded”

“This deeply repressive legislation will institutionalise discrimination, hatred, and prejudice against LGBTI people – including those who are perceived to be LGBTI – and block the legitimate work of civil society, public health professionals, and community leaders,”
Tigere Chagutah, Amnesty International

The bill will now go to President Yoweri Museveni who can choose to use his veto -or sign it into law  anti-gay comments in recent weeks, and also criticized Western countries for putting pressure on Uganda over the issue.

If signed into law Uganda faces (and rightfully so) losing s significant health and development assistance from the United States with a total assistance budget exceeding $950 million per year.

Read about the full story HERE @BBC News

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Takes Effect Today

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Takes Effect Today

Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law — known to its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law — will officially take effect today.

Via The Hill:

Since the bill was introduced, its potential impact on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth in Florida has been a primary concern for the measure’s opponents. Worry over whether the bill — dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics — violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and students has also been widespread. Already, reports have surfaced detailing Florida school districts’ attempts to get ahead of potential lawsuits — through which parents may be awarded damages — by rolling out new policies that limit the ways in which LGBTQ+ issues and identities may be talked about in class.

Critics and legal experts have said the broad language of the law could open school districts and teachers to lawsuits from parents who believe any conversation about LGBTQ people or issues is “not age appropriate.” (Parents will be able to sue school districts for alleged violations, damages or legal fees.)

Gay , Gay , Gay ! Rabbit, Rabbit Rabbit!

Nikki Haley Says Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Law Doesn't Go Far Enough

Pa. Senate Passes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill 

 The Republican controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a prohibition on school instruction before sixth grade on sexual orientation or gender identity — “Don’t Say Gay”— and also acted to have school districts tell parents about school library books with “sexually explicit” content.

The prime sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster County, said the bill would “empower parents and increase transparency” because it also requires parents be notified of all health care services offered at the school as well as any well-being questionnaires, surveys or health screenings.3.0

Both Republican-driven bills will now go to the House for consideration.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated he will veto the bills, should they reach his desk.

ORLANDO FL Teachers Banned From Any PRIDE Items In Classroom

ORLANDO FL Teachers Banned From Any PRIDE Items In Classroom, No Photos Of Same-Sex Spouses Allowed On Desks

 ABC News affiliate – Orlando

Representatives for Orange County teachers sounded alarm bells Monday after word spread from principals that Orange County Public Schools would impose strict restrictions on classroom behavior after Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, a.k.a the “Don’t Say Gay” law, took effect. According to representatives of the county’s teacher association, teachers and staff members will be disallowed from wearing rainbow articles of clothing, including lanyards distributed by the district last year. Elementary-level teachers reported being discouraged from putting pictures of their same-sex spouse on their desk or talking about them to students. “Safe Space” stickers aimed at LGBTQ students may have to be removed from doors, teachers will have to report to parents if a student “comes out” to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow, the CTA reported.

In April, Jeremy Baldwin has been teaching at Booker High School in Sarasota for the last five and a half years was forced to remove his rainbow “COEXIST” flag in his classroom, because it was “political” in nature.  

This is heinous. And what’s even worse is that there is still no national or statewide law that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in Florida. This means that, according to state law, it is legal to fire someone, evict them from housing, or deny them service at a restaurant just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender..

Still waiting on that 45 year old Equality Act to pass Congress. -smh-

Welcome to the 1960’s.

Nikki Haley Says Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Law Doesn't Go Far Enough

New Jersey GOP State Rep Introduces “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

New Jersey State Senator Edward Durr Jr., a Republican and former commercial truck driver and current homophobe has introduced a bill prohibiting kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers from engaging in classroom instruction related to sexual orientation or gender identity. Seventh- through twelfth-grade students may only be educated on either topic if consent is given by a parent or guardian.

Via The Hill:

“Any student whose parent or guardian does not provide prior written consent shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is provided and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom,” reads a portion of the bill introduced Monday. Under the bill, a parent or guardian may take legal action against their child’s school if their child has been taught about sexual orientation or gender identity without their consent. If a school district or employee “knowingly violates” the proposed law, the state Office of the Attorney General may seek an injunction.

GOP legislators in 16 other states this year have argued that lessons related to sexual orientation and gender identity don’t belong in the classroom and are “inappropriate”. They are using this as a wedge issue going into the midterms and as an opportunity to score political points with the Christofascist GOP all while trying to destroy what we have fought for and hold so dearly.

Our rights. OUR LIVES are being attacked.

STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK!

If you don’t those rights that get lost, will be yours.

Republican Louisiana State Rep Introduces Sweeping “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Thanks to Disney’s and the Human Rights Campaign’s inaction and failure fighting Florida’s republican controlled government which passed the states oppressive and harmful “Don’t Say Gay Bill” now other GOP states are following suit.

The bill, submitted by Representative Dodie Horton, would “prohibit discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in K-8 classes and keep instructors from discussing their own sexual orientation or gender identity with students in grades K-12. “I wasn’t aware of the need [for this legislation] until I looked at some things on Twitter and Facebook. t just solidified for us to protect our Louisiana children, as well. I started to pray about how we could protect our children here from inappropriate conversations until they are able to dissect it and old enough to understand it. I talked to my pastor and he challenged me and said, ‘we definitely need to do this.’”

If you are keeping count we now have “Don’t Say Gay” bills working their way through Florida, Tennessee, Idaho, Georgia and now Louisiana with variations of the bill in motion in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Indiana.

Florida 'Don't Say Gay' bill banning teaching LGBTQ+ issues has ripple  effect in Pennsylvania - 6abc Philadelphia

Disney Exec Responsible For "Don't Say Gay" Original Response Quits After 3 Months

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Might Violate Title IX Says Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

Parents across the country are looking to national, state, and district leaders to support our nation’s students, help them recover from the pandemic, and provide them the academic and mental health supports they need.

Instead, leaders in Florida are prioritizing hateful bills that hurt some of the students most in need.

The Department of Education has made clear that all schools receiving federal funding must follow federal civil rights law, including Title IX’s protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We stand with our LGBTQ+ students in Florida and across the country, and urge Florida leaders to make sure all their students are protected and supported.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

Thank you to the Secretary of Education for stepping into his major mess. The saddest part is that while Florida is to blame and Disney despite all its “we’re allies” bullshit said nothing when the time came. But also our LGBT organizations are also to blame. Where were they? Nowhere.

The Human Rights Campaign is too busy fighting a lawsuit from its former President Alphonso David, GLAAD did not say one word about Disney purposely staying out of the debate, and the Task Force. Well. They haven’t had a real task in over 20 years. Not one of these LGBT “watchdogs” have said a word. It really makes you wonder how much money Disney donates to them.

We should be upset. We should be pissed. We should take to the streets but all but a few of our older LGBT activists are gone and the new generation doesn’t understand that “memes” and “dance protests” aren’t going to cut it. We are under attack. The “Don’t Say Gay” law harkens back to Anita Bryant and her “Save the Children Campaign. We have literally lost 40 years of advancement over a few weeks. In part if the fact that nobody wants to piss Disney off.

Heed my warning and make no mistake about it that we as LGBT Americans are in danger and will be until we have full federal equality. Case in point: Just hours after Florida passed its ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, Tennessee House Republicans advanced legislation banning public schools from using textbooks or materials that “promote, normalize, support or address LGBT issues or lifestyles .”

Will you join me in this fight? We can only save ourselves.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek addresses employees on silence over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Chapek on Monday sent a lengthy email to employees to address the concerns of LGBTQ+ staff over the company’s public silence on Florida’s harmful and homophobic “Don’t Say Gay Bill”

Chapek said he met on Friday with “a small group of Disney LGBTQ+ leaders” for a conversation in which employees expressed “disappointment” at the company’s lack of a public statement. Chapek described the meeting as “and at times deeply moving,” Chapek would not talk about taking a public stance on the Florida bill that harkens back to the era of Anita Bryant when homophobia and hate ran rampant in Florida and many parts of the country.

Chapex in Monday’s memo stated that Corporate statements “do very little to change outcomes or minds” and instead are “often weaponized by one side or the other to further divide and inflame ” and “Simply put, they can be counterproductive and undermine more effective ways to achieve change.” [WTF?]

Chapek also said he believes Disney is more effective at creating social change through its movies and TV shows, citing releases including “Black Panther,” “Encanto,” “Pose,” “Summer of Soul” and “Love, Victor.” “These and all of our diverse stories are our corporate statements — and they are more powerful than any tweet or lobbying effort,” Chapek wrote. “I firmly believe that our ability to tell such stories — and have them received with open eyes, ears, and hearts — would be diminished if our company were to become a political football in any debate.”

Disney who has always claimed to be an LGBTQ ally has weighed into political matters under prior CEO Bob Iger.

Iger would occasionally take a vocal stance on legislation in Georgia, where many Marvel Studios movies are filmed. In 2019, Iger told Reuters it would be “very difficult” to continue filming there if a restrictive anti-abortion bill became law. And Disney threatened to boycott Georgia over an anti-gay bill that sought to expand individuals’ and businesses’ rights to deny services to those whose way of life conflicts with their religious beliefs. That bill was vetoed by the governor.

The bill which passed the Florida House went to the Florida Senate  on Monday where it was expected to be voted upon but was delayed for a vote.

So it seems some Disney Theme Park Gay Days and Rainbow Colored Mouse Ears is the extent of Disney’s ally ship under Bob Chapek.

Let’s return the favor.

Say NO to Gay Days. Say no to Disney’s Pride Merch (what a joke) and just say no to Disney.

You can read Chapek’s FULL MEMO here.