Officially known as CS/CS/HB 1557, the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill would prohibit "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels” in public schools throughout the state. It also gives parents the ability to "bring action against the school district” if the conversations do happen.
The bill’s opponents have argued that going through with this can be problematic for Florida’s LGBTQ+ youth, making them at greater risk for declining mental health — as well as this being a violation of the First Amendment rights of both students and teachers.
Grande spoke out about the bill this week, writing "Really disgusting" on her Instagram Stories beneath a post in which Equality Florida shared the news.
Florida, call your senators !\u00a0http://flsenate.gov/Senators\u00a0 #LetFreeFloridaSayGayhttps://twitter.com/equalityfl/status/1500839543070769160\u00a0\u2026— Shawn Mendes (@Shawn Mendes) 1646699480
Mendes wants Floridians to fight this bill, as well. He quoted a tweet that featured Equality Florida sharing a group of people protesting outside of the state’s capitol against the bill. "Florida, call your senators,” he wrote, before sharing a link to the state’s website that lists the senators he’s referencing. He then shared the hashtag, "#LetFreeFloridaSayGay."
A Florida lawmaker got up to say that \u201cgay\u201d isn\u2019t permanent. I\u2019m not sure what she meant by that, since I\u2019ve been gay for more than 84 years, but many of nature\u2019s most beautiful creations, from rainbows to bursts of flower blossoms, don\u2019t last forever. Just long enough to wow.— George Takei (@George Takei) 1646762680
In addition to both Grande and Mendes, Takei took to Twitter to share his thoughts. "A Florida lawmaker got up to say that 'gay' isn’t permanent. I’m not sure what she meant by that, since I’ve been gay for more than 84 years, but many of nature’s most beautiful creations, from rainbows to bursts of flower blossoms, don’t last forever. Just long enough to wow."
I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community \u2014 especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill \u2014 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 protections and safety you deserve.https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1491182851919908873\u00a0\u2026— President Biden (@President Biden) 1644361654
President Joe Biden also issued his own statement on Twitter that aligns with these celebrities' reliefs. "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,” he wrote on Twitter. "I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve.”
It’s expected that Republican Governor Ron DeSantis will sign the bill next.
Photo via Getty
- Viral Ariana Grande Doppelgänger Paige Niemann Responds to ... ›
- Jennifer Coolidge Credits Ariana Grande for Reviving Her Career ... ›
- Ariana Grande Accused of Asianfishing - PAPER ›
- Florida Governor Signs "Don't Say Gay" Bill Into Law ›
- Florida Could Drastically Expand "Don't Say Gay" Bill ›
- Trans Youth Across America Will March For Autonomy on Friday ›