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Republicans Introduce Bill To Restrict LGBTQ-Related Educational Materials and Programs

More than 30 House Republicans launched a invoice Tuesday that may prohibit using federal funds for “sexually-oriented” supplies for kids below the age of 10 — successfully nationalizing and broadening the scope of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” invoice that has led lecturers to take away LGBTQ-friendly materials from lecture rooms.

The invoice, referred to as the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022,” defines “sexually-oriented material” as “any depiction, description, or simulation of sexual activity, any lewd or lascivious depiction or description of human genitals, or any topic involving gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgenderism, sexual orientation, or related subjects.”

If handed, the laws would have an effect on all federally funded services and packages, together with public libraries, federally funded faculties, army bases and hospitals. This would come with prohibiting faculties and libraries from offering intercourse schooling or books that embody LGBTQ subjects to youngsters below 10.

“This bill serves no other purpose than to spread lies in an attempt to erase LGBTQ people, but we will not be erased,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, instructed HuffPost.Regardless of its chances of passage, which seem low, the damage is already done.”

A majority of LGBTQ youth say that anti-LGBTQ political conversations, together with proposed bans on classroom supplies which can be related to them, negatively influence their psychological well being, in line with a latest research by the Trevor Project. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth attempted suicide final year. “We need leaders who want to solve real problems, not bully innocent kids,” stated Ellis.

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), who launched the invoice, described it as “commonsense,” claiming that Democrats are on a “misguided crusade” to show youngsters to “sexual imagery and radical gender ideology.”

“No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, or local government agencies, or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material,” he stated in a statement on Tuesday.

Some LGBTQ advocates and critics of the invoice are calling the laws a nationwide model of Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” legislation, generally generally known as the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed in March.

Similar to the Florida legislation, Johnson’s invoice could lead to parents suing teachers of all grades at faculties that use federal {dollars} over what the invoice defines as “sexually-oriented” supplies or packages for kids.

Ellis says it’s robust that this laws was launched simply days earlier than Spirit Day, a day for LGBTQ youth to rejoice their rising visibility throughout the nation and converse out in opposition to bullying.

“Instead of joining the rising tide of acceptance and bipartisan support for LGBTQ people, these extremist politicians are trying to score political points and propose a bill filled with misinformation with the futile attempt of smearing and erasing who we are,” Ellis stated.

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