Florida’s GOP-led legislature passed a bill Tuesday called Parental Rights in Education. It prohibits school teachers from introducing adult-themed LGBT-related lessons to young and impressionable students in grades kindergarten through third grade.
The bill states 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 in accordance with state standards.”
Florida’s state representatives passed the bill 69-47 last month, and state senators narrowly passed it 22-17 Tuesday.
The bill is now awaiting a signature from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he supports it despite the controversy it has created. That is because the governor appears to be aware of parents being blindsided, or outright lied to, about the literal indoctrination their children are being subjected to in a classroom setting.
“We want parents to be able to have access to what’s going on in the classroom," the Florida governor told reporters last month. "And certainly it is inappropriate to be hiding these things from parents."
Parent-hating teachers have been exposed
AFN reported late last year that California teachers gathered at an LGBT-themed conference called “Beyond the Binary.” At the meeting, teachers who were featured speakers literally gave fellow teachers how-to lessons on hiding their agenda from nosy parents who were viewed as the enemy.
More recently, in a March 3 story, AFN reported the National Association of Independent Schools sponsored a similar “workshop” for teachers in 2020 that suggested kindergartners should learn about “what they feel inside, like a boy or a girl.”
A teacher-speaker assured the audience of fellow left-wing teacher it was okay if they appear over-eager in the classroom, and she gave her own example of teaching pre-K children about the vulva and the labia in her first year of teaching. She was "super progressive" and hence went too far too fast, she said.
“And I share that with you because it’s not perfect, right? It’s a practice," the teacher assured fellow teachers. "So be kind to yourself when you're delving into this stuff."
Such teachers not only exist in many classrooms, they are likely under pressure to affirm LGBT themes or else face accusations of “homophobia” from their peers.
In both cases, the California conference held last fall, and the NAIS workshop two years ago, objecting parents were mocked and condemned, and school teachers were literally describing how to keep nosy parents from knowing what their own children are being exposed to behind their backs.
Also, in both workshops, the lesson plans and goals were made public only because they were secretly recorded and leaked to the public from attendees who objected to the topics and goals.
John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council tells AFN there is now no debate schools have become a “place of indoctrination” for left-wing causes and actual education comes second.
“First, second, third-grade children,” he says, “don't need to be introduced to transgenderism and choosing gender pronouns at that early age.”
Yet innocent children are being introduced to those themes across the country, in both private schools and public schools, and Florida’s bill was passed to stop it there.
‘Don’t Say Gay’ a catchy, clever lie
What seems like a common-sense bill to many, especially to parents, was vilified as some ghastly discriminatory bill dreamed up by hateful lawmakers to hurt homosexual, lesbian, and transgender youths.
"The bill, from its introduction, has been used as a vehicle to marginalize and attack LGBTQ people," state Rep. Carlos Smith, who is homosexual, told fellow lawmakers.
“It’s a form of bullying. It is horrific,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said of the bill Wednesday, the day after it passed in the Florida senate.
The legislation was nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents, who have lied about the bill’s content for weeks. Lawmakers who supported it were also warned they were censoring the rights of homosexual, lesbian, and transgender children to openly share their feelings with their teacher, which could harm them physically and emotionally.
“Every child has a right to speak honestly about their lives, a right to have access to a history that is honest and includes them,” said Nadine Smith, a lesbian who leads Equality Florida, “and a right to library books that reflect and include who they are.”
With predictable help from the media, the Left launched a social media campaign showing their “bravery” for saying the word “gay” --- as if the State of Florida is attempting to ban the word itself.
After the bill was signed by Gov. DeSantis, the governor answered a phone call from Disney’s CEO, Bob Chapek, who called DeSantis to voice his concern about the bill’s passage. The two men are set to meet soon to discuss it but a spokesperson for the governor says his view will not change.
According to Stemberger, the highly-influential Disney Corp. never condemned the controversial bill during weeks of debate until it passed. That is because, he says, even homosexual-affirming Disney knew “Don’t Say Gay” was a lie that is easily disproven by the bill's language itself.
“It’s interesting to me that even Disney, in making the statement, never came out and said we opposed this bill,” he tells AFN, “because it's good policy that parents should know what's going on in the classroom.”
Now facing a left-wing wrath for not speaking out, Chapek has said he was working "behind the scenes" to urge Florida lawmakers to oppose it.