Results!: Miami-Dade School Board Rejects a LGBTQ History Month, Parental Rights Bill Cited

The Miami-Dade School Board met Wednesday night and rejected the proposed recognition of October as ‘LGBTQ History Month’ over concerns it would violate the recent Parental Rights in Education Act championed by Governor DeSantis.

Last year the school board passed a similar proposal, but with the new bill in place, the math has fundamentally changed regarding how schools are allowed to influence children regarding sex and gender identity.

The law, although widely termed the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill’ by legacy media, does not mention the word gay once. The act prohibits teachers from leading classroom instruction on gender identity or sexual orientation for students up to third grade. Other grades limit the conversations to being “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.”

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Despite the board attorney arguing that the proposal didn’t technically violate the act, the bill was rejected regardless due to a violation in spirit. Board member Christi Fraga explained the choice.

“I do believe this is in direct violation of our parental rights bill.“If not so directly, in spirit, it is. Because this is saying a full endorsement in the entire district of this month — that includes kindergarten through 12th grade.”

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Multiple speakers at the board meeting defended the proposal for specific aspects, such as teaching about relevant Supreme Court cases and other historical events. As one speaker argued, “This item does not indoctrinate students; it does not force an agenda on students.”

According to the language of the act, impartial teaching of history relevant to LGBTQ people wouldn’t be a problem at all. As other speakers at the board meeting noted, even accepting these defenses does not justify designating a celebratory month.

Jordan Toste, a Miami native, and contributor to  Gays Against Groomers, a coalition of gay people opposed to the sexualization of children, spoke against the proposal at the meeting.

“What is happening right now is no longer acceptance – it’s no longer the support my community needed in the 90’s and early 2000’s – it’s indoctrination. I do not use the word lightly, but it’s the truth.”

The Gays Against Groomers Twitter account has been banned from Twitter repeatedly since its rise to popularity, but the organizers keep making new accounts and coming back.

During the speech, Toste explained that “providing support and being accepting is very different than promoting and encouraging a certain lifestyle.”

The Gays Against Groomer’s organization also parked a truck outside the meeting that read “LET KIDS BE KIDS.”


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