Letter: Kudos for opposing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

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Kudos to Sarah Carter for her commentary “‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Denies Identities and Truths” [April 6, Xpress]. It would seem that the GOP is now using gay and trans kids as their political football, not giving a damn about the damage they are doing to them.

Carter talks about kids having to kill part of themselves to avoid being bullied. Sadly, a part of themselves is not all that is being killed. Laws like “Don’t Say Gay” and anti-trans laws only exacerbate an already high percentage of gay and trans kids attempting to take their own lives.

As a trans woman who didn’t start her transition until much later in life, I cannot fully appreciate what it is like to be LGBTQ+ as a child, but I do know what it’s like to be picked on for being different. Legislation of this kind will only teach straight kids that it is OK to bully their trans and gay classmates even more.

To all of the marginalized youths out there, wear that “S” on your chest and be proud of who you are.

— Penelope B. Stephens


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2 thoughts on “Letter: Kudos for opposing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    the word ‘gay’ was not in the legislation…this is a totally distorted message created by the evil leftwingers whose ignorance shines on this ..

  2. WNC

    There is not a ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law in Florida, but there is a
    The Parent Rights in Education Bill.

    Thanks Governor DeSantis for not wanting schools to tell K-3 students gender is fluid (In other words like the wind North one day South the next day). By the way K- age 100 don’t need to hear this totally unscientific anti -family leftist ideology.

    3rd graders in1900 education knew men can’t get pregnant, modern leftist education has learned that yet.

    No wonder North Carolina is having to move teachers around (as opposed to firing them) to replace retirees as student enrollment falls precipitously.

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