Advocates rally at UM to protest the Don’t Say Gay bill (includes video story)

The LGBTQI+ community and advocates rallied on the University of Miami campus Thursday afternoon to protest the Parents’ Rights in Education bill currently making its way through the Florida legislature.

If the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill is passed into law, it would forbid teachers of students from Pre-K through third grade from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in class. It would give parents the right to sue schools.

Joe Recker, a student who helped set up the rally, said: “When we as a queer community come together and voice again the legislation, it has a huge impact.”

The crowd gathered on the part of campus called “The Rock,” where speakers raised concerns over the proposed bill.

Recker continued, “We know from countless studies that LGBTQI+ youth are at higher risk for suicide and don’t have supportive home environments or supportive houses of worship, so schools are their last safe haven.”

President Biden also took to Twitter this week to offer his support to the LGBTQI+ community.

The bill nevertheless came a step closer to law this week, passing the state Senate’s education committee. In the next few days, Florida lawmakers will have to work out differences between House and Senate versions of the bill before it is sent to the governor for final approval.

Javier is a student at FIU working towards a Digital Communications and Media major with a minor in English. His end goal is to get a broadcast job in a live production studio or work as a multimedia journalist for VICE. He enjoys spending his free time playing tabletop games, watching YouTube, and trying to find the bottom of Reddit’s frontpage.