Texas recently made history in a significant step toward establishing its own “Don’t Say G@y” Bill. Like a law passed by the state of Florida in March 2022, this one will prohibit kindergarten through high school students from discussing se*ual orientation or gender identity in the classroom.
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According to Alex Nguyen of The Texas Tribune, a preliminary vote on Monday found the Texas Senate supporting Senate Bill 890, 19-12 after the Senate’s education committee made amendments.
SB 890, as first introduced in late April, addressed how school districts in Texas handled complaints. The House unanimously approved it. According to the Tribune’s Nguyen, this week, Texas Republicans altered the plan to impose restrictions on classroom instruction and general campus activity.
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The current version of the measure would make it illegal for any public or charter school to offer “instruction, guidance, activities, or programming regarding se*ual orientation or gender identity to students enrolled in prekindergarten through 12th grade.”
The law has been criticized as being part of a more extensive campaign to restrict LGBTQ rights in the Lone Star State. Andrea Segovia, senior field and policy adviser with the Transgender Education Network of Texas, told the Tribune’s Nguyen, “This is just another example of [lawmakers] trying to remove LGBTQ people from the state they live in at all costs.”
As the bill’s Republican Senate sponsor from Houston, Sen. Brandon Creighton, told Nguyen, “This bill takes a stand by enshrining parental rights and ensuring that Texas parents are the chief decision-makers in their child’s education.”
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