On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the state of Florida sent us back 50 years into the past (well maybe 10 or 20) by passing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This ridiculous bill prohibits “classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity”.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
Does this idiot not understand what this is going to do to our youth?
To their mental health?
To their suicide rate?
A time in a child’s life where they are questioning EVERYTHING, they need some place safe to talk about things. For many, school is that place (huge, shoutout to all of the teachers out there).
As an LGBTQ+ Mama, I am so so thankful we don’t live there. I cannot imagine the fear these kids are living in right now.
Oh wait, it gets worse…
On February 22, 2022, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state officials to start investigating parents who seek gender-affirming care for their transgender children as a form of child abuse. Well you know what, buddy, BRING IT ON!! I will always support my kids and the kids of the LGBTQ+ community in who they are and what they stand for! It is NOT child abuse – it’s parenting!
I will always support my kids and the kids of the LGBTQ+ community in who they are and what they stand for!
I will never forget hearing about Jen Hatmaker’s daughter Sydney talk about sitting in her youth group at church from age 11-17 struggling with who they were. How many kids are sitting in our youth groups; how many kids are sitting in our schools; questioning and AFRAID!!
Florida, do you not understand what it would do to a child’s mental health if they were “outted” to their parents? I know too many kids whose parents do not support them (I have struggled myself – I am not gonna lie) or they say “we support you but it will be difficult”. I used those words myself and am now realizing how harmful they can be to kids.
My heart HURTS! It hurts for these kids and what they are going through. For the ones who were about to have the courage to come out as who they truly are and are now thrown back into the closet, into the dark, into the scary.
Parents, please, please make your home a safe place for your kids. Please, please allow them to be who they are and who they want to be.
Teachers, please, please make your classrooms a safe place for kids to talk – to talk about all things – sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health.
People who pray. Pray for these kids – pray that they will be safe to be who they are; that they will have the courage to be who they are; and to know that God loves them no matter what.