Due to recent legislation enacted in the legislature that detractors have branded as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, several families in Florida are considering leaving the state. Affiliate of NBC According to a UCLA School of Bill Williams Institute survey, 88 percent of parents are worried about the law’s effects, and 20 percent of those surveyed have plans to leave the state.
The Compass LGBTQ+ Community Center in Lake Worth Beach’s Michael Riordan said, “We work with a lot of LGBTQ families, and we know they are concerned about what is happening in the state, and they are considering leaving.” “The fact that organizations and organizations are concerned enough to ask LGBTQ families this question tells you all you need to know about this law and the effects it’s having on Florida,” the author writes.
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The restriction on discussing gender identity or s*xual orientation in class from kindergarten through third grade was enacted by legislation last year. About 56 percent of the 113 LGBTQ+ parents surveyed said they have at least considered leaving Florida. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have termed the bill discriminatory and claim they are thinking about doing so.
Cassandra Oetinger-Kenski, a third-grade teacher in Palm Beach County, stated, “My family is made up of same-s*x partners, so I have my concerns as a parent for my children, having two moms and being in a classroom where, if it was spoken out loud, how would the teacher receive it.”