LGBTQ month canceled in Miami-Dade schools, board will 'follow the law," enacted by GOP Gov DeSantis

The only vote in support of the measure came from the resolution's sponsor.

Updated: September 9, 2022 - 9:47am

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The Miami-Dade County Public Schools board has voted against a proposal to observe October as LGBTQ History Month, following the state's recently enacted Parental Rights in Education law prohibiting K through third-grade teachers giving lessons on "sexual orientation" or "gender identity."

The measure — which critics and others frequently refer to as the "Don't Say Gay" bill — was signed into law in March by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The board voted 8-1 on Wednesday to have schools not observe the history month. The only vote in support of the proposal came from sponsor Lucia Baez-Geller, NBC Miami reported. 

The board approved the resolution last year, but it was up for a vote again.

In addition to recognizing October as LGBTQ History Month, the proposal before the board would have directed the superintendent to provide information to 12th graders about landmark LGBTQ Supreme Court cases.

Board member Christi Fraga opposed the measure, saying that the board is "going to follow the law."

"The Parental Rights bill is very clear that this type of imposition should not be imposed on our children, especially in our elementary schools, and an endorsement district-wide was in direct violation of the Parental Rights bill," she said.