Equality PAC Denounces Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) denounced Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prevents teachers from discussing gender identity or sexual orientation in Florida classrooms. 

“LGBTQ youth in Florida have to deal with bullies on the playground and now, legislative bullying from bigoted Flordia Republicans,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI). “Attempts made by Florida Republicans to indoctrinate students and “out” LGBTQ youth in the state are nothing but sick. Through all of this, LGBTQ Floridians, like Equality PAC endorsed candidate State Representative Michele Rayner, are standing strong in the face of this hate. Equality PAC stands with these brave Floridians as we work to defeat this anti-LGBTQ and discriminatory bill.”    

Florida Republicans briefly proposed an amendment to the legislation that would have required teachers to “out” LGBTQ students to their parents, regardless of their situation at home. This amendment was pulled from the legislation by the sponsor.

Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality ACT and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.