Florida school board votes against recognizing LGBTQ+ month

MIAMI– The Miami-Dade School Board decided by an overwhelming majority not to recognize October as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History Month, which included a measure to teach 12th graders two matters of Supreme Court affecting the LGBTQ community.

Parents, teachers and students spoke for more than three hours on Wednesday, with one group citing student indoctrination and the other talking about how the Nazis ostracized gays and lesbians with a pink triangle. The board then voted 8 to 1 against the measure, which was proposed by board member Lucia Baez Geller.

Outside school board headquarters, where people waited to talk during the meeting, a group of Proud Boys got into a loud argument with someone raising a trans flag, the Miami Herald reported.

“It’s an election year and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric is a tool used by some to spread misinformation,” Baez Geller said. “It’s just pure misinformation.”

She told the newspaper that the measure “is mainly about recognizing the dignity and respect of each other”. She also noted that seniors could choose not to learn about the two Supreme Court cases – Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes same-sex marriage, and Bostock v. Clayton County, which says an employer can’t fire someone for being gay or transgender. .

Throughout the year, other months are recognized to teach students about history, including Hispanic Heritage, Black History, and Women’s History. October is National LGBT History Month.

Last year, the school board recognized LGBTQ month, but did not include the provision to add the two Supreme Court cases.

School board member Christ Fraga, who was the lone opponent of LGBTG recognition month last year, said she thinks ‘endorsing it and presenting it as something everyone needs to participate in is starting to cross over. a tax line on family values”.

Among those who opposed the measure, some said it went against their religious beliefs while others said the council respected indoctrination and child sexual abuse. Some have falsely claimed that the measure would adopt a new curriculum for students to learn about LGBTQ+ issues without parental consent.

Earlier this year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis championed a law banning kindergarten through third grade sexual orientation and gender identity classes, which critics dubbed the “Don’t don’t say gay”.

The governor has also been involved in campaigning for school board races this year, endorsing two Miami-Dade candidates who won races for seats on the already conservative board last week. These candidates do not take office until November.

District pastor and parent Max Tover led people outside in prayer, asking that council members reject the motion. He told the Herald that passing the measure is “a Trojan horse”.

Maxx Fenning, president and founder of the nonprofit PRISM FL, which provides sexual health information to LGBTQ+ youth, compared opposition to the measure to how the Nazis ostracized gay people by making them wear a pink triangle badge to reflect their sexual orientation.

The final vote came around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, after council took an hour-long break to hear the district budget discussion. Some still in the audience cheered while others sat in silence.

Miami-Dade’s public school system is the fourth largest in the nation, with 331,500 students.

ABC News

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