Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General appointed by Old Uncle Joe, jumped to Twitter this past Monday in effort to voice his anger at Florida’s newly-passed legislation that seeks to prohibit talking about gender identity and sexual orientation in k-3 classrooms, stating “the law concerns me.”
Murthy, who was originally raised in Florida, issued his remarks in a Twitter thread that express his feelings of opposition towards the “Parental Rights in Education” bill:
Florida’s recent law restricting discussion about gender identity in school has understandably raised serious concerns. The law concerns me too. Let me explain why:
Learning that people are different and that not all families look the same—these are important lessons that start early in life, including in school. They help create a society based on understanding and respect. They help children know they belong even if they are different.
I grew up in Florida and am a proud graduate of the public school system. As a kid who often felt I didn’t belong, it helped tremendously when teachers openly discussed our different backgrounds. This built understanding and reduced shame.
LGBTQ+ youth also deserve such proactive support. Preventing or criminalizing efforts to foster such understanding hurts kids & families. It shuts down dialogue instead of nurturing healthy conversation. And it sends a signal to LGBTQ+ youth that they are not fully accepted.
Florida's recent law restricting discussion about gender identity in school has understandably raised serious concerns. The law concerns me too. Let me explain why: 1/4
— Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) March 14, 2022
The “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which has been maliciously nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by Democrats, has managed to gather a strong support group from Americans. As discovered from a national poll, almost two-thirds of the American people and a large majority of Disney consumers stated that the company was entirely wrong in their opposition to the new legislation.
The national poll of adults in the U.S. was carried out over the weekend by Lucid, a market research technology platform. The survey took in a 1,000 person sample size which was broken down into 32% Republican, 31% independent, and 37% Democrat.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has also stated his intent to sign the bill into law after it made it through the Senate of Florida this past Tuesday after gliding through the house last month.
The text of the bill states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate.”
DeSantis was questioned by one reporter as part of the question-and-answer session as to how businesses would respond to the newly passed bill, The Daily Wire reported:
“People actually said that if you don’t have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don’t want to be in Florida? I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents,” DeSantis said.
GOV. DESANTIS: "People actually said that if you don't have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don't want to be in Florida? I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents." pic.twitter.com/rZKgYK9SBt
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 14, 2022