LGBTQ+ youth and advocates have railed against the legislation, with thousands of students across the state staging a walkout protest
"Pushaw's comments are inflammatory, offensive & hopelessly ignorant. To associate the LGBTQ community with pedophilia is a repugnant trope"
The state-wide protests had been promoted and planned based on a series of social media posts from high school junior Jack Petocz
"If signed into law, these bills will have disastrous impacts on classrooms and workplaces-They will turn Florida into a surveillance state"
"But truly, the backlash was so fierce. He probably got a call from leadership that told him to get rid of it"
"Knowingly subjecting children to abuse, abandonment, and neglect by forcing them to come out to their parents is cruel, dangerous"
LGBTQ people are a necessary part of the fabric of society. Our families deserve to be celebrated & schools should be a safe space
Comcast/NBC Universal, UnitedHealth Group, Duke Energy, AT&T and Walgreens – have donated to the politicians behind the "Don't Say Gay" bill
"The bills would further stigmatize LGBTQ people and limit teachers’ abilities to discuss the realities of American history"
Opposition to the legislation in Florida comes more from “people who don’t like the DeSantis agenda anyway”