On Wednesday evening, the Miami Dade School Board voted on whether to designate October LGBTQ Month, with the requirement that 12th graders learn of Supreme Court rulings that affect that community, they voted 8-1 to reject the bill.
Last year the same school board voted 7-1 to recognize the month as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) History Month. Since then, the education of “woke” messages in school have become a hot button issue, forcing almost all board members to flip their vote.
The difference in this year’s bill included more Supreme Court decisions to add to the curriculum for 12th grade students. The decisions included Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 and Bostock v. Clayton County in 2020 which recognized same-sex marriage and protections from employers firing for being gay or transgender.
BREAKING: The Miami Dade school board voted 8-1 to REJECT item H-11, which would have recognized October as the LGBTQ history month.
A huge victory for the children of Miami-Dade!
Thank you again for your support to get the GAG Truck down there 🔥 pic.twitter.com/XGbmsg7zJJ
— Gays Against Gr██mers (@againstgrmrs) September 8, 2022
Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, Vice Chair Steve Gallon III, and members Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Christi Fraga, Lubby Navarro, Marta Pérez Board, Mari Tere Rojas, Luisa Santos voted against the bill, Member Lucia Baez-Geller voted against.
Baez-Geller said, “This item does not indoctrinate students, it does not force an agenda on students,” as she explained the lessons have an opt out “And, as was stated incorrectly, this item does not take away parental choice.”
Full speech from our newest contributor, Jordan, yesterday at the Miami Dade Public School Board public hearing on LGBTQ+ History Month and curriculum.
“There is no pride in indoctrination.”
MIC DROP 🔥🔥🔥#GaysAgainstGroomers pic.twitter.com/8b6QvYqBKY
— Gays Against Gr██mers (@againstgrmrs) September 9, 2022
“This is not about beliefs. It’s about recognizing the struggle,” she added.
Board members heard more than four hours of testimony from parents and community members in support of and against initiative H-11. This bill will affect nearly 400 schools in the district.
Florida Voice explained the group that made headlines at the event:
“Gays Against Groomers, a coalition of gay people created to stop the sexualization and abuse of young children, were outside of the meeting with a digital billboard displaying anti-grooming messaging:
Jaimee Michell, founder of Gays Against Groomers, told Florida’s Voice, “Big tech has been silencing our voices since we launched our coalition, so we are bringing it to the streets. We will no longer allow children to be indoctrinated by LGBTQ+ propaganda, and are going to make sure everyone trying to do so knows the vast majority of our community opposes this agenda being pushed in our name.”
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