As kids, we rely on certain things in life to help us in our adult life and as we grow up. Such things include our parents, friends, and the school we attend. So much of what we learn early in life sets the foundation for what we know, do, and act as we mature. This brings me to the “Parental Rights in Education bill” (also dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by activists). The bill, which was enacted in the state of Florida, in summary, would limit what classrooms can teach about sexual orientation and gender identity. Under this legislation, these lessons "may not occur in kindergarten through grade three or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards." Basically, this bill restricts teachers from teaching kids from kindergarten through third grade about LGBT topics such as gay people and gender identity (hence the “Don’t Say Gay” nickname). This bill also allows parents to sue schools that engage in these topics.
Even though it was enacted with a majority vote yes, that doesn’t necessarily mean that most people feel positively about it. One example of this is President Biden himself. "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," President Joe Biden said in a Feb. 8 Twitter post in response to the bill being proposed. In fact, if you were to do your own basic minimum research on the bill, you’ll find that most of the LGBT community has already denounced this bill. Restricting these important topics about LGBT people is extremely damaging to not only people in the community, but the kids when they grow up (especially LGBT youth). We live in a world where being different isn't usually accepted. In an effort to normalize it and help acceptance become more common, I argue that we should allow our kids to be aware that some people date the same sex, while others might not. Parents should especially help their kids be educated on it so that they don't grow up into a world where being part of the LGBT community is "wrong" or "weird." What's so wrong with that?