Fantastic News from Florida: A Historic Settlement and Celebration!

Today, we celebrate a monumental victory for LGBTQ+ youth and educators with the historic settlement reached in the challenge against the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Safe Schools, standing firm at the forefront of this battle, is overjoyed to share this momentous step towards equality and justice in education.

Over the past two years, our relentless commitment has been unwavering as we’ve organized rallies, engaged communities, and led students in marches to Tallahassee. Our actions have shone a light on the discriminatory nature of this legislation, defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ individuals in our educational system.

The settlement brings remarkable advancements:

  • Free Expression Restored: Now, the vibrant voices of students and educators can discuss and explore sexual orientation and gender identity openly in classrooms, free from the shadows of censorship.
  • Anti-Bullying Protections Strengthened: We’ve bolstered the safety nets, ensuring every student learns in a space free from harassment.
  • Gay-Straight Alliances Protected: GSAs can shine as beacons of support and community, rightfully acknowledged in their crucial role.
  • Classroom References Clarified: The rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ lives can be woven into educational narratives, embracing inclusivity.
  • Non-Discrimination Assured: The shadows of discrimination under this law are dispelled, affirming the dignity of all students and families.
  • Extracurricular Activities Protected: The heartbeats of LGBTQ+ clubs and events will continue, nurturing a sense of belonging and community.

In light of this victory, Safe Schools is ecstatic to announce a grand celebration for the LGBTQ+ students of South Florida. This settlement doesn’t just mark a win; it heralds a new dawn of respect, inclusion, and free expression.

Let’s unite to celebrate this breakthrough: You CAN say gay, you CAN embrace your identity, and together, we CAN create a world of understanding and acceptance. Safe Schools is immensely proud of our collective achievement and our partners at Equality Florida. We remain dedicated to the advocacy for the safety and rights of all students.

Join us as we move forward into a future bright with promise and pride. For more details and to join the celebration, stay connected with us.

By: Scott Galvin
Executive Director

We encourage you to share this information with friends, fellow teachers, and allies and join us in bringing awareness to our efforts. Your support is essential for our ongoing work to create safe spaces for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or expression. Please consider donating to Safe Schools so that we can continue advocating for inclusivity and diversity within the education system.