Texas Taking Steps to Pass Its Own "Don't Say Gay" Bill
Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 1 MIN.
The State of Texas seems to have its sights set on its own version of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law.
As reported by the Texas Tribune, Texas is looking to pass Senate Bill 890, which will nearly ban any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in school classrooms from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Texas Senate voted 19-12 in favor of the bill going to a preliminary vote on Monday, reported the Texas Tribune.
Some amendments were made to the bill after it originally focused on school districts procedures for responding to complaints. However, Texas Republicans revised the bill to add restrictions on classroom lessons and general campus activities.
"This... is just another example of [lawmakers] trying to remove LGBTQ people from the state that they live in at all costs," said Andrea Segovia, senior field and policy adviser for the Transgender Education Network of Texas, the Texas Tribune reports.
However, Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton lauded the bill as it "takes a stand by enshrining parental rights and ensuring that Texas parents are the chief decision makers in their child's education."