Doubles down on banning classroom discussions related to sexual orientation and gender identity in schools through the 8th Grade, and thereafter if the state deemed it “inappropriate.” It would silence students from speaking about their LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors, and icons. It would also bar LGBTQ+ students from talking about their own lives and would deny their very existence. The dangerously vague provisions in the bill would have a chilling effect on support for LGBTQ+ youth by creating new costly liabilities for school districts. Under the bills provisions, parents unsupportive of a district's policies would be given broad powers to sue for damages and attorneys fees.
HB 1223/SB 1320 - Harming LGBTQ+ Youth and Censoring Discussions Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools
GENERAL BILL by Anderson ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Baker ; Black; GENERAL BILL by Yarborough ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Perry