Naples Pride opposes bills it says could endanger LGBTQ students



LGBTQ+ activists are calling for legislation they say is anti-gay. Naples Pride protests the Florida dual banknotes at Cambier Park in Naples on Wednesday.

The bills would prohibit talking about gender identity and sexual orientation in elementary grades or in other specific ways.

LGBTQ+ advocates are calling it the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. Naples Pride has rallied to speak out against pending legislation they say may be responsible for the deaths of children.

“Imagine if they had no one to talk to,” said Cori Craciun, President of the Naples Pride Society.

Bills in the Florida legislature are proposing to limit teacher and school discussions when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“This is a very dangerous bill, and he is really going to kill the children,” said Craciun.

LGBTQ advocates call it the ‘Do Not Say Gay’ bill, but the law contains many other words and topics that are not allowed in the classroom.

“You can’t just say gay but gay,” says Craciun. That’s everything else that comes with it.”

Many opponents of the bill say they sent the wrong message to LGBTQ students who were developing a sense of self.

“It doesn’t provide a safe place, and that’s what schools should provide,” said Jenna Everts, a parent and LGBTQ advocate.

Those worries brought emotions back when these parents thought about their children’s future.

Everts says: “I know people who can influence

WINK News has reached out to sponsors for Senator Dennis Baxley and Representative Joe Harding.

Senator Baxley responded in part, saying, “Parents should decide what is age-appropriate for their children.”

Those comments were echoed by Harding’s bill, which reads: “Strengthening the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children.

The bill is underway in the Florida House of Representatives and is currently on a judicial committee.

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