Everyone is going crazy about Florida’s new bill, referred to as the “Don’t say gay” bill. The bill is HR 1557 Parental Rights in Education and doesn’t say gay. The bill protects K-3rd grade students from being taught transgender issues and gender preference material. The bill makes it extremely difficult for children to be groomed by adults.
The world is an odd place and instead of attacking the bill’s substance, the new attack phrase, “Don’t say gay,” is very offensive in and of itself. Saying gay for no reason doesn’t help anyone’s cause or further a social cause for the LGBT community.
There has been a lot of speculation about banning the teaching of gender identity or sexual orientation. Still, the bill clearly says, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third party on gender orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students by state standards.”
That doesn’t stop a school from teaching these subjects but only hinders them from teaching them to children who wouldn’t understand them. That’s extremely reasonable. The bill bans changing the child’s mind if they like another child of the same gender. It takes every adult’s influence out of decision-making for children. Under no circumstances is that anti-gay.
Still, celebrities and others are going against the bill and slamming Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for the bill to include Disney. Yes, Disney.
CEO of Disney, Bob Chapek, said, “We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were. Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest, regardless of a protest from the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar. Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to fixing the discriminatory legislation in the world, we are being barred from creating it.”
Based on the age ratings of Disney’s content and the bill, the ideals should align pretty closely with correct ratings for content.
Even “PG” (Parental Guidance Suggested) movies are suggested up to 14 years old. The rating system says, “Some are urged to give ‘parental guidance.’ Content may contain some elements parents may not like for their young children.”
The next highest rating is “M” (Parents strongly cautioned) and says, “M-rated content is recommended for teenagers 15 years of age and over. This content may include elements of violence and nudity that are not recommended for children under 15 years of age.”
So, “nudity” content isn’t okay under 15, but gender identity and gender orientation should be okay for kindergarteners? That’s the stance you’re taking, Disney?
It’s challenging to teach gender orientation to kindergarteners without teaching them about sexual body parts and how to use them? Sure, you could say, “some girls like other girls and some boys like other boys,” but ultimately, that’s going to lead to more questions than answers. Age appropriation for sexual learning has to come before personal beliefs. Otherwise, you sound like a predator.