On Tuesday, March 8, Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed the state Senate. If signed, which looks likely, “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade would be banned.
This is disappointing and dangerous. It sends a message to LGBTQ+ youth that they aren’t important, and that their stories and experiences don’t belong in the classroom. Every time one of these bills passes, we get angry. In fact, in the time it took us to write and edit this post and send it out to our email list, Idaho’s House approved legislation “that makes it a felony for a doctor to provide age-appropriate, gender-affirming care for transgender children,” according to the HRC.
The hits seem to keep coming, and they aren’t showing signs of slowing down.
But as angry and as frustrated as we are and will continue to be, we are equally inspired and encouraged by the hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and allies who are taking to the streets, walking out of schools, and standing up for the right to exist.
To the young LGBTQ+ people who are reading this, we hear you, we see you, and you are VERY important. We will continue to share your stories and amplify your voices.
To the educators, allies, and parents who receive these emails, pass our words along. This letter was written to introduce this week’s newsletter “Your Good Vibes Download,” which is just one of the ways we’re making sure people don’t just say “gay”, they celebrate it! Explore our library of It Gets Better stories, download our free educational resources, join us for new content daily on TikTok, Twitch, Instagram and more, learn about our 19 global affiliates, or enjoy one of our original content series.
There are so many ways the It Gets Better Project is working to create a world where all LGBTQ+ youth are free to live equally and recognize their own worth and power. Because you’re worth fighting for. Because your stories and your experiences matter.