Florida’s first openly-LGBTQ state senator choked up and was momentarily unable to speak as he described his personal experiences growing up gay, during debate over the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Democratic Sen. Shevrin Jones offered an amendment that would replace the ban on “classroom instruction” of LGBTQ issues and people, with language banning efforts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. “I’ve been watching the news and watching these children who are here in these chambers and they are here to raise their voices and it’s commendable to see what they’re doing.
If you all want to indulge me, indulge me just a few minutes I just want to share something with you.” “So my dad, who is an amazing human being, he wrote a book not too long ago.
And the book that my dad wrote, it was inspiring as most of you know, my dad’s a pastor down in South Florida. The book that my dad wrote, was inspired by the loss of my brother.