It’s not just Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. Republicans across the country are flooding state legislatures with hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills, most are targeting the nation’s most vulnerable: children and transgender people.
So-called “bathroom bills” over the past few years were popular among the fear-mongering religious right and their partners, the Republican Party, but today the focus has become the often false claims that children, from kindergarten on up, and being taught about sex, sexual orientation, homosexuality and bisexuality, gender identity, and other concepts.
In response to these often false allegations this week alone an Ohio Republican introduced a “Don’t Say Gay” bill (and then ran away from reporters.) Republicans in Tennessee tried to bypass the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling by filing an all-ages “one man one woman” bill, only to have to amend it so only people 18 and older could marry.
And Alabama just sent a dual “Don’t Say Gay” and anti-trans bathroom bill to the governor, along with a ban on medically-necessary gender-affirming care for transgender youth and teens.