Coco Gauff opposes a bill in her hometown of Florida that bans discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom.
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“I’m against it,” Gauff said. “I think these conversations are important. I couldn’t imagine I couldn’t talk about your identity because I have friends in the LGBTQ + community. I think it’s normal.”
Republican-backed legislation, called the “not gay” bill, is a national debate in an increasingly partisan debate about what and how schools should teach children about race and gender. Caused controversy.
Formally called the “Custody in Education” bill, it prohibits “classroom education in public schools on sexual orientation or gender identity” from kindergarten to third grade (5-9 years old). In addition, teaching “in a way that is unsuitable for the student’s age and development” is not permitted. From now on, parents can sue the school district on suspicion of violation.
“every day [LGBTQ+] People I knew knew they were part of the community from a young age, “Gauff continued. “I think it’s important to have those conversations at school, because it should be a safe place to talk about everything.”
The bill was passed by the State Capitol last month, primarily in line with party policy, and will now be sent to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has previously expressed support. If signed by DeSantis, it will take effect on July 1st.
Democrats say the policy will hurt the LGBTQ + community. On Monday, the first openly gay senator, Florida senator Shevrin Jones, urged narrowing the wording of the bill, with instructions “intended to change the student’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Don’t do it. “
Students across Florida are performing strikes in protest of the bill.
Gauff added that he is looking at how the Florida bill parallels the struggle for racial justice. This is another problem she is frankly saying.
“I think we talked about the Black Lives Matter movement in 2019 or 2020. I said it was important to have those conversations,” Gauff said. “It’s the same stance for this. I think it’s important to have a tough conversation. If you don’t have to hide who you are from the people who are part of the community I talk to, it definitely makes a difference. Will be born. “