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"Don't Say Gay" or "Don't Say Gay or Trans" is a nickname for anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation in the United States. In March 2022, the Florida Legislature passed a bill officially named Parental Rights in Education that has inspired other states to propose similar measures. Before Florida's law took effect on July 1, 2022, it inspired other states to propose similar measures, including five Southern states that passed them.[1]

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In Florida, "Don't Say Gay" (aka "Don't Say Gay or Trans") is the nickname originally given to Parental Rights in Education, anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 2022, and to subsequent education bills that would expand upon it. Parental Rights in Education was said to "reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing & control of their children" and enable them to take legal action against school districts. Of particular concern to the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies are the requirements regarding parental notification and consent related to services for children's health and well-being, and Paragraph 3, which 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."

In April of 2023, the bill was expanded to include 4th grade through 12th grade, fully prohibiting the classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity unless it was required by the state or was part of an opt-out reproductive health class. (Education Week)


  1. "As Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law takes effect, schools roll out LGBTQ restrictions" by Lavietes, Matt on NBC News. Published 2022-06-30. (Archived on 2022-07-01)