5.9k Share this

Billboards popping up in some of Florida’s largest cities are encouraging passersby to “say gay.”

The massive roadside messages are a response to the state’s controversial Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday. The measure prohibits “classroom instruction … on sexual orientation or gender identity” in “kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” 

The billboards — now on display in Orlando, Tallahassee and Jacksonville — were spearheaded by the Southern Progress Political Action Committee, which, according to its website, seeks to “expose the extremist agenda of Republican politicians.”

“It’s OK to say gay. It’s more than OK. It’s encouraged,” Ally Sammarco, a volunteer for the PAC, told NBC affiliate WESH of Winter Park. “We want to make it very clear that it’s OK to talk about who you are and where you come from, and no one can stop you from doing that.”

Sammarco said the next billboard will go up in Miami this week.

“A bill like this looks maybe innocent in nature, but it’s not,” Sammarco added. “It’s going to have very deadly consequences for kids, especially young kids of the LGBTQ community.”

Supporters of the Parental Rights in Education bill, however, say it’s about protecting Florida’s students and giving parents a say in their children’s education. During his signing ceremony on Monday, DeSantis said the measure will ensure “that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination.”

The law goes into effect July 1.

Follow NBC Out on TwitterFacebook & Instagram

Source: This post first appeared on NBC News

5.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Pay review ‘hypocrisy’ of the Bank of England chief who called for workers’ wage restraint 

Pay review ‘hypocrisy’ of the Bank of England chief who called for…

Human Smuggler Arrested with Migrants in Florida Traffic Stop

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Mexican national on human smuggling charges…

Lockdown Forever! Court Finds Forced Vax for Caregivers Constitutional

A German court has ruled forced vax rule for caregivers constitutional, endangering…

Ministry of Defence chiefs under fire for paying more than £33million-a-year on 8,000 empty homes

Ministry of Defence chiefs under fire as it emerges the department pays…
Hunting guide Wade Lemon has been accused of using illegal bait to lure a bear that Don Trump Jr harvested in 2018

Utah hunting guide charged with illegal baiting on trip with Don Trump Jr

Utah hunting guide is charged with illegally baiting a bear that Don…

How to make a vase using a towel: DIY pro shares simple hack using Bunnings supplies

DIY pro transforms an old towel into a VASE with cement and…
Loved ones to hold vigil for 3 women who died of extreme heat inside Rogers Park apartments

Loved ones to hold vigil for 3 women who died of extreme heat inside Rogers Park apartments

CHICAGO (CBS) — Loved ones will remember the lives of three women…
Sofiia Karkadym (pictured) arrived in the UK at the start of May after fleeing the war ongoing war in Ukraine

Father DUMPS his partner after falling for 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee who came to live with them

A British father-of-two has dumped his partner after falling for a 22-year-old…