Hispanic Federation’s queer president condemns Don’t Say Gay laws

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09/16/2023

When Frankie Miranda first heard of the possibility of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills in the US, it took him back to his upbringing in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation’s (HF) first openly queer president says that while he was growing up there was an unwritten policy that LGBTQ+ issues were not welcomed. Various states across the US have introduced and enacted legislation similar to Florida’s Don’t Say Gay law, which restricts LGBTQ+ discussions in schools. Conservatives weaponised the law to attack inclusive education, queer books and safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth – all under the guise of “protecting children”. The dire situation has led civil rights group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to issue a warning that Florida is “openly hostile” towards Black people, the LGBTQ+ community and other minorities. Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis responded by calling the move a “stunt” from a group with a “very left-wing agenda”.

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