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Settlement Clears Up Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Teachers can talk about sexual orientation, gender identity, just not as part of instruction

(Newser) - Students and teachers can discuss sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms, provided it's not part of instruction, under a settlement reached Monday between Florida education officials and civil rights attorneys who'd challenged a state law that critics dubbed "Don't Say Gay." The settlement...

Pronoun Costs Teacher's Job
School Fires Teacher Over Mx.

School Fires Teacher Over Mx.

Expanded law limits pronoun, courtesy title choices, Florida Virtual School says

(Newser) - The Florida Virtual School gave a veteran teacher a choice of courtesy titles to use in its materials and communications: Ms., Mrs., or Miss. Instead, the teacher used Mx, and was fired on Oct. 24, told that was a violation of a new state law. "Obviously, I'm not...

Shakespeare Now Caught Up in Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Laws

Excerpts, rather than full text, now read in class

(Newser) - Students in a Florida school district will be reading only excerpts from William Shakespeare's plays for class rather than the full texts under redesigned curriculum guides developed, in part, to take into consideration the state's new law that restricts classroom materials whose content can be deemed sexual, the...

District Sued After Restricting Access to Penguins' Story

Florida district keeps book about two male penguins and a chick from youngest students

(Newser) - Florida's restrictions on gender identity and sexual orientation as classroom subject matter are being challenged by the authors of a book about penguins—and students who want to read it. The Lake County school board decided last year to prevent students in kindergarten through third grade from having access...

Florida Investigating Teacher for Showing Disney Film

She was reported to state department of education for showing 'Strange World'

(Newser) - A fifth-grade teacher in Florida is under investigation for showing students the Disney film Strange World, which features a gay character. Jenna Barbee, who released a TikTok video telling her side of the story over the weekend, says she showed the movie while part of her class finished state testing,...

Disney-DeSantis Feud Hits Next Level: Disney Sues

Entertainment giant alleges 'targeted campaign of government retaliation'

(Newser) - The Disney-DeSantis feud just leveled up in a big way. The Walt Disney company filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida governor on Wednesday, alleging he waged a "targeted campaign of government retaliation" after the company opposed the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill last year, reports CNBC...

Florida Extends 'Don't Say Gay' to All Grades in Public Schools

Educators in grades 4 to 12 banned from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity

(Newser) - Florida's Board of Education has extended the rule critics call "Don't Say Gay" to cover all grades in public schools. The amended rule says teachers in grades 4 to 12 "shall not intentionally provide classroom instruction" on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Orlando Sentinel reports....

Disney Has a Big Surprise for DeSantis

Surprise language in 11th-hour deal effectively wrests power away from Florida governor's board

(Newser) - Last month, Ron DeSantis declared himself the "new sheriff in town" at Disney World, after he hand-picked members for a board that oversees what was formerly known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the special tax district for Disney's Orlando-area theme parks. His move came amid a contentious...

DeSantis Acts to Bar Lessons on Sexual Identity in All Grades

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' policy would apply through high school

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is moving to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the law critics call "Don't Say Gay" as the Republican continues to focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. The proposal, which would not...

Sponsor of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Accused of COVID Relief Fraud

Florida state Rep. Joe Harding indicted on wire fraud, money laundering charges

(Newser) - The Florida lawmaker who sponsored what became known as the " Don't Say Gay" bill is in legal trouble deeper than anything he would face for discussing sexual orientation in the state's primary schools. State Rep. Joe Harding, a Republican who represents a district south of Gainesville, is...

Fla. Student Uses Curly Hair as Stand-In for 'Gay' in Grad Speech

Zander Moricz is the youngest public plaintiff in suit against the law

(Newser) - The senior class president at Pine View School in Florida's Sarasota County, who also happens to be the youngest public plaintiff suing over the state's so-called "Don't Say Gay" law, was told that if he referenced the law in his commencement speech , he'd be cut...

School Orders Cover-Up of Yearbook Protest Photos

Florida students walked out in March to protest 'Don't Say Gay' law

(Newser) - Yearbooks at a central Florida high school won't be distributed until images of students holding rainbow flags and a "love is love" sign while protesting the state's so-called "Don't Say Gay" law can be covered up with stickers. District officials said they don't want...

A Disney Heir Comes Out as Transgender

Family launches effort to fight 'Don't Say Gay' bill and similar efforts

(Newser) - An heir to the Walt Disney Co. has come out as transgender, announcing a family effort to support LGBTQ rights and oppose new legislation that threatens them. Charlee Disney came out publicly last month at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala after coming out privately four years ago, NBC...

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Has Its First Legal Challenge

DeSantis says Florida will defeat federal lawsuit

(Newser) - Three days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed restrictions on teaching early elementary students about sexual orientation and gender identity into law, the legislation was challenged in court. A group consisting of advocates for LGBTQ people and parents, students, and a teacher, Politico reports, filed a lawsuit that calls the...

Calling Disney Too 'Woke,' Outlet Will Make Own Content

Conservative Daily Wire says entertainment giant is pushing 'radical' ideology to children

(Newser) - The conservative media outlet Daily Wire is launching an entertainment division for children to counter what it calls a "woke" ideology of Disney. The company—best known for its podcast featuring Ben Shapiro—says in a release that it will spend $100 million over three years to develop DW...

New Fox Contributor Is Familiar Face
New Fox
Is Familiar

New Fox Contributor Is Familiar Face

Caitlyn Jenner joins the network

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner will appear on Sean Hannity's show Thursday night on Fox News, but she won't be a guest. Instead, Jenner will be making her first appearance in a new role—as a Fox News contributor, reports the Hill . The network has signed the reality TV star, Olympic...

DeSantis Signs 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Takes Swing at Hollywood

It will go into effect July 1

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue it marginalizes LGBTQ people. The legislation has pushed Florida and DeSantis, an ascending Republican, to...

Bill Would Make Schools Out Gay Kids to Parents

'Don't Say Gay' gets new life in Tennessee

(Newser) - The "Don't Say Gay" bill is back—and it's got a whole new clause sure to spark controversy. Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield has introduced a revamped version of his "Classroom Protection Act," which forbids K-8 teachers from teaching anything that is "inconsistent with...

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Advances in Tennessee

Bill bans teachers from discussing homosexuality before High School

(Newser) - A controversial bill banning Tennessee elementary and middle school teachers from teaching students about homosexuality got approval from the state's House Education subcommittee yesterday, inching it closer to law. The committee approved the same version of the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill that the Senate passed late...

Restaurant Owner Kicks Out 'Don't Say Gay' Senator
Restaurant Owner Kicks Out 'Don't Say Gay' Senator
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Restaurant Owner Kicks Out 'Don't Say Gay' Senator

Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield not welcome, says Knoxville's Martha Boggs

(Newser) - Martha Boggs is being touted as a hero after kicking Tennessee GOP state Sen. Stacey Campfield out of her Knoxville restaurant last weekend. Campfield is the controversial author of the state's "Don't Say Gay" bill , and he got even more controversial in a recent interview during which...

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