BATON ROUGE, LA — (04-28-23) — Louisiana’ right wing conservative state house is moving forward with its ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill that will cover grade K-12 throughout Louisiana public schools. State lawmakers advanced two proposals Wednesday that would prohibit the use of certain language when referring to LGBTQ+ Americans.

House Bill 466, sponsored by right wing anti-LGBTQ Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, cleared the House Education Committee in a 7-5 vote on Wednesday. The bill would prohibit any school employees, volunteers or guest presenters from discussing their own sexual orientation or gender identity.

It would prohibit any other discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity that didn’t align with their homophobic ideology. School employees would also be forbidden to use a student’s preferred pronoun that differs from the gender listed on their birth certificate unless a student’s parent provides written permission. Here is the best part in sarcastic form of course, this dark age hate bill will not make allowances for legal guardians.

One of the more significant provisions would allow school employees to overrule a parent’s written permission and refuse to use a student’s preferred pronoun on religious or moral grounds.

Louisiana’ ‘Don’t Say Gay Law’ would be enforceable by allowing any individual aggrieved by a violation to seek civil relief through a civil lawsuit.

Dodie Horton’s anti-LGBTQ bill follows a conservative pattern of attacking the civil rights of LGBTQ+ Americans across the nation.

Share your opinion on Rep. Dodie Horton’s proposal by contacting her via Twitter @repdodiehorton.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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