October 4, 2022
Miami school board turns down plans to observe LGBTQ history month

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade school board decided against recognizing October as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer history month, following two Supreme Court cases affecting the LGBTQ community. There was a way to teach the class.

Parents, teachers and students spoke for more than three hours on Wednesday, with one group citing the students’ education and another talking about how the Nazis excommunicated gays and lesbians with pink triangles. did. The board then voted 8–1 against the measure, which was introduced by board member Lucia Baez Geller.

Outside the school board’s headquarters, where people waited to speak during the meeting, a group of Proud Boys got into a heated argument with someone who raised a trans flag by the name of the Miami Herald. informed of,

“It’s an election year and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric is a tool some people use to spread misinformation,” Baez Geller said. “It’s just plain propaganda.”

She told the newspaper that the measure is “mostly to recognize respect and respect for each other.” She also noted that senior citizens may be left out of learning about two Supreme Court cases—Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes same-sex marriage, and Bostock v. Clayton County, which says that an employer cannot Cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.

Throughout the year, other months are recognized for teaching students about history, including Hispanic heritage, black history, and women’s history. October is National LGBT History Month.

Last year, the school board recognized LGBTQ month, but did not include a Supreme Court provision linking the two cases.

School board member Christ Fraga, who was the only opponent of recognizing LGBTQ month last year, said she thinks “supporting it and presenting it as something everyone has to participate in, family values.” But begins to cross a line of imposition.”

Among those opposing the measure, some said it was against their religious beliefs, while others said the board was adhering to sexual abuse and sexual abuse of children. Some falsely claimed that the measure would adopt the new curriculum for students to learn about LGBTQ+ issues without parental consent.

Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis supported a law It banned lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, which critics dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The governor also joined in campaigning for the school board race this year, endorsing two candidates in Miami-Dade who had already won the race for seats on the conservative board last week. Those candidates don’t assume office until November.

Max Tovar, a pastor and a parent in the district, led outsiders in prayer, saying board members rejected the offer. He told the Herald that passing the measure is a “Trojan horse”.

Max Fanning, president and founder of the nonprofit Prism FL, which provides sexual health information to LGBTQ+ youth, compared opposition to the measure to how the Nazis used pink to reflect their sexual orientation to gay people. Excommunicated by wearing the triangle badge.

The board cast its final vote at around 9:45 pm on Wednesday after taking an hour’s break to hear the discussion about the district’s budget. Some in the audience were still cheering while others sat silently.

The Miami-Dade public school system is the fourth largest in the country, with 331,500 students.

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