Miami school board rejects LGBTQ+ history month proposal in 14-hour meeting

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09/07/2023

The Miami-Dade County School Board rejected a proposal to recognize October as LGBTQ+ history month at a meeting that lasted until early Thursday morning. The meeting, which lasted more than 14 hours, featured passionate speeches from over 100 parents, students, educators, advocates and non-profit representatives who argued over the proposal. Those in favor said the month deserved equal recognition as Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, while critics argued the celebration was a waste of time. “I’m a parent of an LGBTQ child here in this district,” another said. “Last year this board decided our children weren’t worthy of having their history acknowledged and blamed it on the law.” The proposal ultimately failed in a 5-3 vote at around 1:15a.m.

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