By Larry Sand
On March 28, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Florida’s House Bill (HB) 1557, which disallows or limits schools from instructing children in certain sexual matters. The heart of the new law states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
The news was met in many quarters with histrionic outrage. The American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten groused that the law will “single out certain kids and families for derision and denigration. It is just wrong. Its intent is to divide our communities and make political hay, but it hurts children, hurts families and makes it hard for teachers to do their jobs.”
Hardly. It simply doesn’t allow teachers to discuss certain sexual identity issues with young children. Weingarten also inanely insisted that the law would shame “LGBTQIA+ people back into the closet by policing their identity.”
Following the signing of the bill, a gay teacher in Parish, Florida, creepily bemoaned the fact that he can’t talk about his love life with his kindergarteners anymore.
No one was more outraged than Joe Biden, however. On March 31 – the day that some celebrate as the “International Transgender Day of Visibility” – the president insisted that his administration is “standing up” for transgender Americans “against ‘hateful bills’ being passed at the state level” and assured them, “You’re so brave. You belong. And we have your back.”
To show that Biden is really, really serious about his stance, his administration’s Department of Health and Human Services raised the pink, white and blue striped “Transgender flag” at its D.C. headquarters.
Frighteningly, the Department of Justice got into the act, issuing a press release on the Transgender Day of Visibility in which it proclaims that it sent a letter to all state attorneys general “reminding them of federal constitutional and statutory provisions that protect transgender youth against discrimination, including when those youth seek gender-affirming care.” The missive advises states that laws and policies that prevent individuals from receiving gender-affirming medical care may infringe on federal constitutional protections under the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Not surprisingly, the word “parent” never once appeared in the document.
And California – of course – is doing what it can to maintain its reputation as the nation’s wackiest state.
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