Ohio representatives introduced a bill similar to the "Don't Say Gay" law, and a gay bar was set on fire in New York.

Ohio Introduces Bill Similar to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

On April 4, Republican Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Mike Loychik introduced a bill that’s similar to Florida’s recently passed “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The legislation says that neither public nor private schools can “teach, use, or provide any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity” in grades K-3, the Advocate writes. And for older students, these subjects can’t be addressed “in any manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

The bill also bans “any curriculum, instructional material, or assignment designed to promote or endorse divisive or inherently racist concepts.” This would include things like the “1619 Project” from the New York Times, a collection of articles on slavery.

Teachers who break these rules could face suspension and school districts could face a loss in funding.

“The classroom is a place that seeks answers for our children without political activism,” Schmidt said in a statement.

When reporters tried to ask her about the bill, Schmidt was seen on video fleeing from the journalists.

Gay Bar Set on Fire in Brooklyn, Possible Arson

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Screenshot from the surveillance footage of the arson suspect. Courtesy of NYPD.

Around 9 p.m. on April 3, a man with gasoline entered Bushwick's Rash Bar, a popular spot for the LGBT community in Brooklyn.

Police say he used it to set the bar on fire. It burned rapidly.

“Then I realized I couldn't breathe,” Tyler Glenn told the Gothamist. They were at the bar and suffered second-degree burns. “The whole thing was in flames. I was banging on the walls and I couldn’t find the door and I could feel myself about to pass out.”

Claire Bendiner, the bar owner, told NBC New York about how quickly the events of the night took place. She also noticed that the perpetrator left his gas canister — a key piece of evidence.

While at the time of publication police have not called it a hate crime, bar owners speculate that it could have been.

“This seems more targeted,” bar patron, Ashley Glenn (no relation to Tyler), told the Gothamist.

A man could be seen filling up a canister near the bar shortly before the fire, but a suspect hasn’t been identified yet.


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