Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signals support for ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

He said it was "entirely inappropriate" for teachers and school administrators to have conversations with students about their gender identity.
By: | February 8, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared Monday to voice support for a controversial state bill that would ban certain discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom.

DeSantis, a Republican, said it was “entirely inappropriate” for teachers and school administrators to have conversations with students about their gender identity, saying that, in some schools, children are told “Don’t worry, don’t pick your gender yet.” DeSantis, though, also acknowledged, “I don’t think it’s happening here in large numbers.”

“Schools need to be teaching kids to read, to write,” the governor said at a press event Monday. “They need to teach them science, history. We need more civics and understanding of the US Constitution, what makes our country unique, all those basic things.”

It’s the first time DeSantis has publicly signaled support for an effort by state Republican lawmakers to shut down certain conversations in schools about sexual orientation and gender identity. Though he didn’t directly say whether he would sign the bill if it reached his desk when asked about it Monday, DeSantis’ remarks appeared to strongly suggest he is supportive.

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