Ariana Grande, George Takei and Whoopi Goldberg are among the stars who have spoken out against the controversial Parents’ Rights in Education Act passed in the Florida Senate on Tuesday, March 8th.
Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the widely criticized measure — nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” law — after six hours of debate.
Opponents have argued the move cools discussion on LGBTQ+ people and issues, and stigmatizes LGBTQ+ children and families by banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools from kindergarten through third grade.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the law into law.
Its passage follows student strikes across the state and widespread calls for the law to be withdrawn, as well as pressure on the bill’s sponsors and large corporations, including the Walt Disney Company, who have donated to lawmakers who supported it.
“Really disgusting,” Grande wrote on her Instagram Stories under a post from Equality Florida, who shared the news.
star trek Actor George Takei took to Twitter to comment on the bill, writing: “A Florida lawmaker stood up and said ‘gay’ is not permanent. I’m not sure what she meant by that, as I’ve been gay for 84+ years, but many of nature’s most beautiful creations, from rainbows to blooming flowers, don’t last forever. Just long enough to inspire.”
Lord of the rings Actor Sean Aston tweeted: “The bill is an obvious and clumsy partisan effort. Away from the limelight, this harms children and families. This law will not survive in court.”
The view Panelist Whoopi Goldberg said the bill “shames” LGBTQ+ children and “punishes” teachers who try to help them.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/dont-say-gay-bill-ariana-grande-b2031993.html Ariana Grande and George Takei among celebrities to condemn Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill