The White House met with Florida students and families to show support for the LGBT community as Republicans continue their anti-LGBT crusade.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, alongside Admiral Rachel L. Levine, M.D., assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, held a virtual roundtable March 17 to share mental health resources available from the government, according to the Los Angeles Blade.
“The Department and the Biden-Harris Administration stands with LGBTQI+ students and families in Florida and across the country. Laws around the country, including in Florida, have targeted and sought to bully some of our most vulnerable students and families, and create division in our schools,” Cardona said. “My message to you is that this administration won’t stand for bullying or discrimination of any kind, and we will use our authorities to protect, support, and provide opportunities for LGBTQI+ students and all students.”
Students and families shared some of the concerns and fears they are facing regarding the anti-LGBT bills becoming close to law, such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that, if signed into law, would prohibit classroom discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has voiced support for it and will most likely sign the bill soon.
“We need to support LGBTQI+ youth, their parents and families to help them achieve the good health and quality care they deserve,” Levine said, according to the Blade. “Our communities have a champion in President Biden. The President supports equality and works to ensure everyone is represented. And that gives people a voice, a chance to effect change, to help people understand the diverse needs of our nation.”
The full statement can be found at www.ed.gov.