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Statement on the Passage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill”
March 8, 2022 at 10:30 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (818) 307-7387/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Today the Florida Senate passed hateful, discriminatory legislation commonly known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — which seeks to erase the existence of LGBTQ+ people from Florida schools — by a vote of 22-17. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang:

“This hateful legislation is yet another direct attack against LGBTQ+ children everywhere. Our nation’s public schools should be safe and supportive learning environments that give every child a chance to succeed. Instead, Governor Ron DeSantis and his friends in the Florida Legislature seek to instill fear and shame in students, their families, their teachers and their communities. But let’s be clear: the only people who should feel shame today are the cruel politicians attacking children to score political points.

“We cannot — and we will not — let small, hateful men like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott continue to attack our children. Now is not the time to be silent. It’s time for our community and our allies to speak up and show LGBTQ+ children and their families in Florida, Texas and across the nation that we stand with them. In the words of Elie Wiesel, ‘Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.’

“Today is a dark day in the Sunshine State. We stand with our partners at Equality Florida, with the lawmakers who opposed this hateful legislation and with LGBTQ+ children everywhere. They and their families will always have allies and a home in the State of California.”

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org


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