A potential piece of legislation being considered in Florida to protect young children from conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation has been labeled “hateful” by President Joe Biden.
The bill, spearheaded by Republican State Senator Dennis Baxley, says it is designed to protect children from confusing conversations before they’ve adequately matured, as well as topics that should be covered with their parents, not in school. “Some discussions are for (having) with your parents” said Baxley.
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. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve. https://t.co/OcAIMeVpHL
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 8, 2022
“And I think when you start having sexual-type discussions with children, you’re entering a very dangerous zone. Your awareness should pop up right away, this isn’t teaching.” Baxley also assured proponents of the bill that it is applicable only to “procedures” and “curriculum.”
President Biden is interpreting the legislation as a bigoted attack on gay kids. “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” tweeted President Biden on Tuesday.
“I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve.” He also retweeted an earlier post from the White House which was critical of Florida’s proposed bill which read: “Today, conservative politicians in Florida advanced legislation designed to attack LGBTQI + kids. Instead of making growing up harder for young people, @POTUS is focused on keeping schools open and supporting students’ mental health.”
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is also supportive of the measure and supports legislation that protects family rights. “I think that what you’ve seen in Florida, parts of the country, is schools keeping parents out of these decisions…and I don’t see how you can do that” said DeSantis.
“I also think one of the things that I think the legislature is getting at is everything should be age-appropriate…my goal is to educate kids on the subjects, math, reading, science, all the things that are so important. I don’t want the schools to kind of be a playground for ideological disputes” DeSantis continued.
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the Daily Caller obtained a copy of recommendations that a Virginia public school district would like to include in its curricula that begins in fourth grade. Among the recommendations from three transgender advocates are to include gender identity.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee plans to recommend that the Fairfax County Public School Board include “gender identity in elementary [Family Life Education]” programming and develop “inclusive curriculum” for sex education for all students during the 2022-2023 school year. The committee specifically called for the “inclusion of the gender spectrum in the elementary” and 10th-grade curricula, according to the recommendations draft.
“The committee recommends the addition of gender to the objective [of a grade 10 lesson plan] to clarify that both sexuality and gender are currently included in the lesson instruction,” the draft reads.
The board also recommends that the school district adopt “gender combined instruction” for sex education lessons on “human growth and development” beginning in fourth grade. Gendered health classes reportedly affirm a “rigid binary based on anatomy,” according to the draft.
“When students are separated by boys and girls, it affirms a rigid binary based on anatomy,” the draft reads. “The practice of segregating students by gender is not inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, and gender diverse students.”
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