Supporters of the 'Don't Say Gay' bill may not have realized that it also rules out referring to the gender and sexual orientation of all people.
One teacher has vowed not to use any form of gendered language in classrooms, sending those who championed Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill into a tizzy. While the people who wrote the bill prohibited the use of sexual orientation or gendered language in the classroom, it seems they didn't consider that also includes any reference to straight, cisgender people, reported God.DailyDot. It's no secret that Republican politicians have been complaining about the use of inclusive language in classrooms, and advocates accused the bill of targeting the LGBTQ community. A teacher has now shared a guide that maliciously complies with the law and it's already upsetting the people who celebrated the "Don't Say Gay" bill.
Attention Parents! 🚨
— Moms for Liberty (@Moms4Liberty) April 1, 2022
A teacher in Palm Beach County, FL shared this template with us. It is being shared among teachers to use for grades K-3.
How do you feel about this? What will you do when this arrives home in your child’s backpack?
Time to take a Stand. pic.twitter.com/Zo39SrxoJc
It was the far-right organization "Moms for Liberty" that revealed teachers in Palm Beach County, Florida planned to take Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law literally and foil the intention of the bill's sponsors. The conservative group claimed teachers are refusing to use any form of gendered language in their classrooms and said they would use the pronouns they/them for all kids. The group posted the note purportedly shared by a teacher, and it read:
"Dear Florida parent/caretaker: The Florida House of Representatives has recently ruled that "classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students." To be in accordance with this policy, I will no longer be referring to your student with gendered pronouns. All students will be referred to as "they" or "them." I will no longer use a gendered title such as "Mr." or "Mrs." or make any references to my husband/wife in the classroom. From now on I will be using the nongendered title "Mx." Furthermore, I will be removing all books or instructions which refer to a person being a "mother," "father," "husband" or "wife" as these are gender identities that also may allude to sexual orientation. Needless to say, all books which refer to a character as "he" or "she" will also be removed from the classroom. If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to contact your local congressperson. Thank you, Mx. XXXXXXXXXX"
Florida: You're not allowed to discuss sexuality or gender in school
— ¢älv¡n (@CDG_GTR) April 1, 2022
Teachers: Okay, we will diligently avoid reference to sexuality and gender
Florida: Not like that
I guess you guys didn't realize that "heterosexual" is ALSO a sexual orientation, huh?
— Cat Food Casserole (@CasseroleFood) April 1, 2022
Moms for Liberty shared the post and wrote, “Attention Parents! 🚨. A teacher in Palm Beach County, FL shared this template with us. It is being shared among teachers to use for grades K-3. How do you feel about this? What will you do when this arrives home in your child’s backpack? Time to take a Stand.” It was only last week that Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Florida’s H.B. 1557 that critics have dubbed the "Don’t Say Gay" bill.
Bathrooms will have to be labeled without gender now, because "gender identity" is a prohibited topic, so no child is permitted to identify as a boy and use the boy's bathroom, or identify as a girl and use the girl's bathroom. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED.
— Al Peṭṭerson (@eyelessgame) April 1, 2022
Many said the supporters of the bill had it coming to them. "This is what you wanted," replied one person. "It seems a pretty straightforward and reasonable response to massive political overreach," commented another. "Smart move by the teacher to protect themselves against lawsuits," wrote one person.
Makes sense for teachers to follow the law as you all wrote it. 🤷♀️
— Amie King (@MileHiCityGal) April 1, 2022
I would feel great if I got this! The far right wing radical religion which is most of the GOP, cherry pick without any regard to the actual religion. This is explaining the law.
— Macy Adee (@macadee) April 1, 2022
The government is separation of church and state.
You have NO right to delegate to me.
The bill prohibits “classroom instruction ... on sexual orientation or gender identity” in “kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” The law also allows parents to sue school districts for breaking this law. The law has been labeled hateful by many critics including the White House. "It is certainly something that is not helping, you know, young people who are members of the LGBTQI+ community who are already vulnerable, already being bullied," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in February, reported CNN. "I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protection and safety you deserve," wrote President Biden on Twitter.
It seems a pretty straightforward and reasonable response to massive political overreach.
— DeirgVanStein (@DeirgVanStein) April 1, 2022
“Wait, what's that sound I hear rumbling from afar off? Is that? No, please. Is it the consequences of my own actions barreling down upon me?”
— Clay Fouts (@obelos) April 1, 2022
I thought this is what people asked for? Everyone SAID they didn't want to teach kids about sexual orientation oe relationships, what did you expect teachers to do, let random parents sue all the time?
— Jersey Girl (@the_blue_gypsy) April 1, 2022