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Minority Office — Press Release


February 4, 2022

CONTACT: Miles Davis, 305-493-6002

STATEMENT: Florida Senator Shevrin Jones, First Openly-LGBTQ Senator in State History, on Agendaing of FL GOP’s Dangerous “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Tallahassee —

Today, State Senator Shevrin Jones (SD-35), Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and Florida’s first openly-gay State Senator, issued the following statement regarding the Florida GOP’s dangerous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which is slated to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday: 

This blatantly hostile legislation is Governor DeSantis and his allies’ latest attack on our state’s most vulnerable communities. Every Florida student, including our LGBTQ+ kids, deserves to learn in safe, inclusive environments where they are treated with dignity and respect – not be further isolated, stigmatized, or dehumanized because of who they are. Conversations about gender identity and orientation are not taboo topics to be regulated by the Florida Legislature, so this bill is rich coming from the party that conveniently wraps itself in ‘small government’ rhetoric.