Floriduh proves again that Republicans love cancel culture:
Florida’s House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit “classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in the state’s primary schools.
The legislation — titled the Parental Rights in Education bill but dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — heads to the state’s Republican-held Senate, where it is expected to pass. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is running for re-election and is widely considered to be a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has previously signaled his support for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.
Sorry LGBTQ kids, you’ve been cancelled because Gov. DeSantis needs a new boogieman now that the Trump-Virus is receding.
Speaking to legislators on the House floor, Rep. Joe Harding, the Republican who introduced the bill, said the measure is about “empowering parents” and improving the quality of life for the state’s children.
Other opponents spoke about the potential harm the bill could inflict on the state’s LGBTQ youths, citing the population’s harrowing mental health struggles.
A national survey by the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ youth suicide prevention and intervention group, found that 42 percent of LGBTQ youths seriously considered attempting suicide last year. More than half of transgender and nonbinary youths who were surveyed seriously considered suicide, it also found.
Separately, the Trevor Project found that LGBTQ youths who reported having at least one LGBTQ-affirming space had lower rates of attempting suicide.
Kids bully other kids, often cruelly; kids who are perceived as different are bullied the most. This is not affirming to kids, this is a license to bully. At least the Republicans are consistent: they love a good bully.