The school board, which recognized October as LGBTQ History Month last year, voted 8-1 against the measure. Some members of the board cited Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Parental Rights in Education law in voting to spike the event.
LGBTQ Month was founded by Rodney Wilson in 1994. Wilson was a Missouri high school teacher who chose October to celebrate and teach gay and lesbian history because schools are in session and it encompasses Coming Out Day – celebrated on Oct. 11.
The month-long observance seeks to "provide role models, build community and make civil rights statements about extraordinary national and international contributions of LGBTQ populations." The LGBTQ community also celebrates 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender icons over the course of October, including fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen and former WNBA player Sue Bird.
The school board had parents, teachers and students speak for more than three hours, with one group citing indoctrination of students and another speaking about how the Nazis ostracized gays and lesbians.
Pastor Max Tover, who is a parent in the public school district, described the attempt to enshrine LGBTQ History Month as a "Trojan horse" measure to influence children on homosexuality. He was no doubt happy that the school board overwhelmingly voted against the measure.
"It was clear here today that we were going to follow the law, and the Parental Rights bill is very clear that this type of imposition should not be imposed on our children, especially in our elementary schools, and an endorsement district-wide was in direct violation of the Parental Rights bill," board member Christi Fraga said about the vote.
Steve Gallon III voted in a similar vein, saying that his "obligation as an elected school board member is one that has to comply with the law that has now changed."
Some, including the school board's attorney, argue that approving history month would not violate Florida's new law because it does not include mandatory instruction.
DeSantis' landmark parental rights bill, which was signed into effect in March, forbids classroom instruction on topics related to sexual orientation or gender identity for students in the third grade or under.
The Florida governor also urged public educators to focus on reading, writing and arithmetic rather than endorse endless indoctrination in critical race theory and sexualized gender ideology. (Related: The empire of child grooming, Disney, pushing more junk biology brainwashing of our youth with "Baymax" animated features.)
Lucia Baez-Geller, the one who sponsored the measure, was the only board member to vote in favor of recognizing a system-wide LGBTQ history month.
She noted that while it is not mandatory, the move would have introduced a curriculum for high schoolers on court decisions that enshrined new legal privileges for homosexuals.
These landmark decisions include the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which recognizes same-sex marriage, and the Bostock v. Clayton County case, which prohibits an employer from firing someone for being gay or transgender.
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