A letter reportedly circulating among Florida teachers highlights a thought-provoking sabotage of the state’s controversial new “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Since it is now illegal to address issues of gender identity or sexual orientation in schools for students in kindergarten through third grade, the letter recommends referring to all students as “they” and “them” to avoid “gendered pronouns” like “he” and “she”. ”.
Also, “Mr.” and “Mrs”. should clearly be dropped for all teachers to comply with the law, the letter argues.
The strategy was spelled out in a “model” letter to teachers in Palm Beach County, according to the right-wing organization Moms for Liberty, which obtained a copy of the memo. The group posted the model on its Twitter site, and it is now tearing up on social media.
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law doesn’t actually mention the word “gay” anywhere in the text. And since it now prohibits addressing issues of gender identity and sexual orientation in the lower classes, the law could be persuasively understood to apply to all genders and all sexual orientations.
Moms for Liberty called on parents in its tweet to “take a stand” against the prospect of the letter. But many replies on Twitter pointed out that ignoring all gender identities and sexual orientations now seems to be the law.
Several LGBTQ and family advocacy groups on Thursday filed a joint federal lawsuit against Florida over the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, arguing that the legislation is unconstitutional and has already begun to harm people. children and families.
Check out the letter, Moms for Liberty’s response…and takedowns here: