Miami-Dade Public Schools will not be recognizing LGBTQ History Month in October, nor will 12th graders learn about two Supreme Court cases impacting the community, the Miami Herald reports.

The 8-1 decision on Sept. 7 came after hours of testimony and debate at the county’s school board meeting, which drew LGBT groups, the Proud Boys, and parents on both sides of the issue. While some called the proclamation indoctrination or that it went against their religious beliefs, others said it was about education and inclusion.

The proclamation was brought forward by Lucia Baez-Geller, who was the lone vote in favor of it. She said that seniors could opt out of the social studies class that would cover Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes same-sex marriage, or Bostock v. Clayton County, which ruled that gay and transgender employees are a protected class in the workplace.

“Tonight’s vote is more proof of the sweeping, dangerous effect of Florida’s discriminatory ‘Don’t Say [Gay]’ law, which many Board Members cited in their decision to abandon this established and successful symbol of support for the district’s LGBTQ students, teachers, and families,” Equality Florida tweeted after the vote.

The vote was a complete reversal from last school year, when the recognition was voted favorably 7-1. However, the proclamation did not include the social studies class on the Supreme Court cases. Prior to the vote, she tweeted that she was “proudly presenting” the proclamation. During discussion, though, she noted that students learn about other important court cases in American history and that this was no different.

Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Act, or “Don’t Say Gay” law in March. The act rules that sexual orientation or gender identity is not to be taught in kindergarten through third grade, but interpretations of the law have sometimes stretched to not allowing any mention of it. In Duval County, teachers were told to remove their rainbow “safe space” stickers from their classrooms.

After the vote in Miami-Dade County, Rep. Carlos G. Smith, Florida’s first LGBTQ Latino legislator, tweeted, “Turns out the ‘Don’t Say [Gay]’ law was really about making sure schools don’t say LGBTQ. Mission accomplished.”


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