There is nothing discriminatory, bigoted, ant-gay, anti-trans or unethical in the “Parental Rights in Education Bill’ signed into law by Florida Governor Jim DeSantis. Have you read it, or just relied on the hysterical and dishonest characterizations of the bill by the news media and woke activists like the three Oscar co-hosts, who chanted “Gay, gay,gay, gay!’ like four-year-olds in supposed bold and hilarious defiance of what progressives have been calling the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Read the law. It doesn’t prohibit saying “gay” at all (the word doesn’t appear in the law), and as unfortunately vague as the wording sometimes is, no fair interpretation would find that it inhibits free speech.
Here is the closest wording in the bill to an “anti-LGBTQ” provision, in Section 3, page 4:
3. 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 Horror. Only the most committed and unhinged gay activist could find that provision problematic, and the fact that so many progressives do is signature significance: they lave lost touch with common sense and reality. The law isn’t anti-gay, it’s pro-parent (and student). Any parents who really think their 4-8 year olds need to be trained in human sexuality are welcome to do it themselves. I would not want my child introduced to those topic by kindergarten through third grade teachers, even if I had the opportunity to closely examine the teachers’ qualifications for doing so and the way it would be done. This is not their job, and no, I wouldn’t trust them to take it on if it were. They have a hard enough time teaching language, arts, math, science and history. I don’t trust them to teach ethics.
The rest of the law merely guarantees that parents know what is happening to their children, as they should.
Just as the Left’s propagandists have distorted the public perception of the law by their “Don’t Say Gay” deceit, the conservative supporters of the law have done the same by calling it the “Anti-Grooming” law. This characterization comes from the still strong and ugly suspicion of gays and the LGBTQ community that flourishes on the Right, expressing the moldy slur that gays are secretly trying to recruit children to their sexual orientation. This bigotry has caused harm and pain to gay Americans for centuries; it is flat out false, and worse, it is part of what provokes LGBTQ extremism as a backlash. However, the frantic, wildly excessive rhetoric employed by opponents of the law makes the “Anti-Grooming” characterization seem plausible. What is it that is so unreasonable about waiting until a child is at least 9 years old before getting enmeshed in sex and gender issues in public school? Why is it wrong for parents to demand that they know everything that their child is telling school personnel, and what school personnel is telling them? What are the LBGTQ advocates afraid of? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?
Of course the mainstream media is egging the LGBTQ extremists along. A sickening example landed on my lawn this morning, in a column by Michelle Goldberg, the most ethics-challenged of the New York Times’ female leftist propagandists—yes, even worse than Gail Collins and Maureen Dowd. First, she calls the Florida law the “Don’t Say Gay” law. That’s misinformation, and her editors should have stopped it, but “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias.” Then she attributes the impetus for the law to “moral panic.” What moral panic? It is nothing but ethics to give parents the right to decide when and how their children are introduced to sex, heterosexual or otherwise. When ethics fails, the law steps in. Yes, responsible, trustworthy teachers would be preferable to laws restricting the other kind, and boy, I wish I could fly. That’s life.
Goldberg approvingly quotes the far left writers group PEN America (lots of gays in PEN): “For anti-L.G.B.T.Q.+ activists, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, a chance to ram through bills that are far more restrictive than anything the public would normally accept.”
The public wouldn’t normally accept legal guarantees that public school teachers won’t be teaching kindergarten students about exotic places their can stick their pee-pees and pointing confused 12-year-olds to hormone suppression therapy without telling their parents? What alternate universe do these hysterics live in? What version of the U.S. do they think they live in?
Then, Goldberg being Goldberg (GOD she’s awful!), the columnist attributes support for the “Parental Rights in Education Bill” to those conservatives who are “panicked” about gays. “To justify the law, the right has taken to accusing anyone who opposes it of wanting to expose young kids to explicit material in order to prime them for abuse,” she writes. Well, the law is justified by the fact that today’s teachers can’t be trusted to stay in their lane, and there is every indication that many schools and teachers do want to expose young kids to explicit material. No, it’s not to “prime them for abuse,” but the furious insistence by gay teachers and activists that the law is apocalyptic is bound to raise doubts. The quote, “Methinks he doth protest too much” comes to mind. Why are gays panicking?
This stuff can only lead to a resuscitation of the suspicion of gay teachers, and anti-gay discrimination. One male teacher took to MSNBC to moan that he can’t discuss his life at home with his male partner with his kindergartners anymore. “It scares me that I am not going to be able to have these conversations with my children…I don’t want to have to hide that my partner and I went paddle boarding this weekend.”
There is no need, none, for any teacher to discuss any aspect of their intimate relations and domestic life with their students. In my entire high school, college and graduate school career, not one instructor told us about their home lives, sex lives, love lives, any of it. Good. Don’t waste precious time.
During a visit to the White House on “International Transgender Day of Visibility,” “Jeopardy!” star Amy Schneider, who is trans (which is not a reason to be invited to the White House except as pandering) told the press that bills like Florida’s will lead to “the deaths of children.” “They’re really scary. And some of them in particular that are denying medical services to trans youth … those are lifesaving medical treatments,” Schneider said.
Keeping parents in charge of their minor children’s medical treatment is “scary”? What are people like Schneider scared of? If I were her, I’d be scared of appearing to validate the worst hetero fantasies about an LGBTQ “agenda.”
Then there is Disney, which foolishly and publicly attacked the new Florida law as if it, the legislature and Gov. DeSantis were the spawn of the Evil Queen. Disney, like almost all show business and entertainment companies, is disproportionately gay, not that there’s anything wrong with that—unless it makes them act like Disney has in this case.
After officially tweeting that it planned to “fight” the law, Disney executives organized the “Reimagine Tomorrow Conversation Series,” and pledged to mobilize the entire corporation in service of the “LGBTQIA+ community.” It announced new policies and initiatives: changing gender pronouns at the company’s theme parks and ceasing to refer to “boys and girls, and more.
Disney executive producer Latoya Raveneau said her team was implementing a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda”—Goldberg says she was being “arch;” I’d stick with “stupid”—and was aggressively “adding queerness” to children’s programming. Disney production coordinator Allen Martsch, said his team has created a “tracker” to ensure that they are creating enough “canonical trans characters, canonical asexual characters, [and] canonical bisexual characters.” Corporate president Karey Burke said she supported having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories” and reaffirmed the company’s pledge to make at least 50% of its on-screen characters sexual and racial minorities. Diversity and inclusion manager Vivian Ware reminded all attendees that Disney made the decision last year to encourage “that magical moment” for children when they do not identify with traditional gender roles.
Next, Disney hosted Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, who told employees that Governor Ron DeSantis wanted to “erase you,” “criminalize your existence,” and “take your kids,” wherever that came from.
Morons. Naturally the contents of these meetings were leaked, and now Disney is caught in a children and sex controversy. None of this is going to advance respect, fairness and equality for LGTBQ Americans.
In fact, it will accomplish the opposite.