April 04, 2022

Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend

In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility and in direct protest of recent anti-LGBTQ legislation in Florida, local advocate groups held a "Say Gay" rally in downtown Tampa last weekend.

Staged at Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday, April 3,  the event was hosted by the ACLU of Florida's Tampa Chapter, Equality Florida, PFLAG, Hillsborough County Young Dems, and other LGBTQ+ groups.

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial "Parental Rights in Education" bill (HB1557),  which critics have called the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

While the term "Don't Say Gay" isn't explicitly in the bill, it does ban public school teachers from holding classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill reads, in part: "Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."

Last Thursday, Equality Florida and other advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit arguing the measure is unconstitutional and contends that the law violates due-process rights because of “vagueness.”
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Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend
Photo by Kim DeFalco
Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend
Photo by Kim DeFalco
Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend
Photo by Kim DeFalco
Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend
Photo by Kim DeFalco
Everything we saw at Tampa's 'Say Gay' rally last weekend
Photo by Kim DeFalco

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