Republican Ron DeSantis is the governor of the US state of Florida and recently signed legislation banning the topics of “sexual orientation or gender identity” from kindergarten through third grade and restricting it for older students. He argues that the rights of parents are “increasingly under attack” across the country. Florida is committed to ensuring that parents play a fundamental role in the upbringing of their children. The lessons should not be used to “sexualize children as young as five years old”. During the corona pandemic, DeSantis had driven an anti-mask policy in schools and already referred to the rights of parents. DeSantis is often compared to ex-President Donald Trump. US media see him as his biggest rival within the Republicans.
Democratic US President Joe Biden called the regulation “hateful”. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki pledged that the government would do everything possible to ensure that all children in schools are treated equally. NBC reports that a record number of bills have been passed across the country this year that would restrict the rights of the LGBTQI community. An example of legislative initiatives include regulations that prevent trans people from playing in sports teams that match their gender identity – trans swimmer Lia Thomas was even stripped of his title in Florida because he had physical advantages over other participants despite hormone therapy have. Such laws exist in a dozen states. In Alabama, gender reassignment treatments for young people are to be criminalized – a corresponding law is pending with the governor for signature.