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House Republicans Propose National "Don't Say Gay" Law

The bill is titled the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022.”

If Republicans regain control of Congress there might be a nationwide "Don't Say Gay" bill, similar to the one Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law earlier this year.

On Tues (Oct. 18) Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana and 32 other Republican members of Congress introduced the "Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022," which would prohibit federal funds from being used “to develop, implement, facilitate, or fund any sexually-oriented program, event, or literature for children under the age of 10, and for other purposes.”

As NBC News reported, the bill defines “sexually-oriented material” as “any depiction, description, or simulation of sexual activity, any lewd or lascivious depiction or description of human genitals, or any topic involving gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgenderism, sexual orientation, or related subjects.”

In a statement, Rep. Johnson said that "the Democrat party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology. This commonsense bill is straightforward. No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, or local government agencies, or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material.”

According to The Hill, "similar to the Florida law, Johnson’s bill would give parents greater latitude to sue public and private entities that use federal dollars on 'sexually-oriented' materials or programs for children."

On Spirit Day (Oct. 20), GLAAD's annual anti-bullying initiative celebrating LGBTQ youth, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded to the proposed bill in a statement calling out the members of Congress:

“On Spirit Day, we celebrate LGBTQ youth and their increasing visibility across the country, joined by their classmates, teachers, families, companies, sports leagues and other high-profile public figures. Instead of joining the rising tide of acceptance and bipartisan support for LGBTQ people, members of Congress trying to score political points propose a bill filled with misinformation with the futile attempt of smearing and erasing who we are," said Ellis. 

"The American people see this for what it is: a desperate and losing effort targeting the most vulnerable students, with the goal of spreading lies," Ellis continued. "Voters should take note of those wasting their tax dollars with this absurd and harmful nonsense. We need leaders who want to solve real problems, not bully innocent kids.”

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