Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on Florida’s Expansion of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

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Alexis Lopez

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the Florida Board of Education’s expansion of the “Don’t Say Gay” law:

“Today’s expansion of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law is a targeted attack on the state’s most vulnerable students, who are already experiencing higher rates of bullying and self-harm. Shame on the Florida Board of Education for doing the bidding of a governor and his political ambitions rather than protecting the children of the state.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.