NASW issued a statement strongly opposing legislation in multiple states intended to restrict the freedoms and human rights of LGBTQIA+ people. The Florida Parental Rights in Education bill, which is being labeled as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, is a politically motivated, shameful attack that will harm the mental health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals and students, NASW said. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed the bill into law earlier in 2022.
According to a Washington Post article, the law:
- Bans instruction or classroom discussion about LGBTQ(IA+) issues for K through third grade.
- Empowers parents to sue the school district over teachings they don’t like.
- Requires schools to tell parents when their child receives mental health services.
NASW said it will continue to advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities.