Dan Patrick wants to pass the “don’t say gay” law in Texas

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told supporters he wants state lawmakers to pass legislation similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in the Lone Star State, a report said.

“I will make this bill a top priority in the next session,” Patrick said in a campaign email seen by the Texas Tribune.

Florida recently passed the controversial Parental Rights in Education law, which bans public school teachers from teaching or talking about sexual orientation or gender identity to third-grade students and younger children.

The law also prohibits any instruction that is not “age or development appropriate” for older students. The law also gives parents the ability to sue the school if they believe the law has been violated.

Critics – who dubbed the law the “Don’t Say Gay” law – claim it will have a negative impact on LGBTQ children who need gender-affirming education in school.

“Children’s expression of gender is not something that is scary or harmful. What’s scary is that political activists are grabbing power by interfering in the lives of Texan families and the education of students,” Val Benavidez, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, told the Texas Tribune.

Dan Patrick, Lt. gov. of Texas to speak on critical race theory on Friday February 18, 2022 at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
Texas Deputy Governor Dan Patrick said he wants his state to pass a law similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis displays the signed Parental Rights in Education, also known as the Don't Say Gay Bill, flanked by elementary school students during a press conference on Monday, March 28, 2022.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education on March 28, 2022.
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Anasofia Pelaez and Kimberly Blandon (LR) protest outside the office of Florida State Senator Ileana Garcia (R-FL) against the passage of the Parents' Rights in Education Act.
Critics of the bill say it will negatively impact LGBTQ children, who need gender-affirming education in schools.
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The next Texas legislative session begins in January. Patrick’s email says he plans to raise the matter in Board of Education hearings by then. Patrick’s office did not immediately respond to Post’s questions about what can be accomplished during these committee hearings and whether he has the support of other Texas lawmakers for a “Don’t Say Gay” law in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton recently directed the state’s child protection agency to investigate parents who help their children through the transition by providing “puberty blockers” or irreversible medical procedures.

The mandate was suspended after a Texas court said parents who provide transitional care should not be investigated for child abuse, ABC News reports. Dan Patrick wants to pass the “don’t say gay” law in Texas


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