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As the 'Don't Say Gay' Law Goes Into Effect, LGBTQ+ Lives Are Erased

Views expressed in The Advocate’s opinion articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the views of The Advocate or our parent company, Equal Pride.Today, Florida's "don't say gay" law goes into effect, and school districts will begin implementing policies to limit discussions about LGBTQ+ people, experiences, and topics in public schools. This is tantamount to erasure.

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