(Miami) Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, is seeking to ban the teaching of subjects related to sexual orientation or gender identity to all grade levels, extending the highly controversial law that applies only to elementary school hours.
His administration’s proposal, which does not require approval by the Florida Legislature, will be voted on by the state Board of Education on April 19 and has already been vetted by local officials.
If passed, the “intentional” teaching of these subjects from kindergarten through high school would be prohibited.
It would extend the reach of a law passed in 2022, dubbed “don’t say gay” by its critics. Heavily criticized by Democrats and activists for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, the speech sparked controversy nationally.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a new stalwart on the hard right, is considered a contender for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, even if he has yet to formalize his candidacy.
The Republican Party leads a very conservative policy, especially on moral matters. He pays particular attention to the themes and books studied in schools, which he accuses of indoctrinating students.
His administration’s new plan was immediately condemned by LGBTQ+ rights groups.
“This is the goal from the beginning: widespread censorship and banning of books, targeting LGBT people to serve his presidential ambitions,” Equality Florida raged on Twitter.
Schools, mirrors of a deeply divided America, are the scene of highly politicized conflicts over racism, gender issues, or the teaching of sexuality.
The proposal is part of a national conservative attack on LGBTQ+ issues.
In early March, Tennessee became the first US state to legislate against drag queen performances in public places, citing the protection of children against representations deemed too sexual.
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