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  • Writer's pictureMichael Sales

Do Say Gay



It is difficult to determine the size of the gay population in Florida because homosexuality is so stringently stigmatized here. Estimates hover around 5%.


The way this demographic is treated reminds me of life in Kentucky in the 1950s, where I grew up. The state’s 10% Black citizens were strictly segregated. As a white suburbanite, I never saw people of color at my schools, neighborhoods, or in public accommodations. I had no concept of Black lives until the latter half of my teens. I gave no serious consideration to these Americans until the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s.


I oppose Don’t Say Gay because it is part of the ongoing effort of the current Republican Party to delegitimize and dehumanize 1,000,000 people who live in Florida. Like segregation, legalized homophobia communicates to children that gays have no place in Florida’s social structure.


An educational system that won’t allow children to know that gay people exist gets an F. I want plenty of people to go away, e.g., Rick DeSantis. But that isn’t how understanding reality works. I’d demonstrate what an uneducated fool I am if I told kids that American residents who are offensive to me don’t exist.


Pure and Simple:

I oppose Don’t Say Gay because it is part of the ongoing effort of the current Republican Party to delegitimize and dehumanize 1,000,000 people who live in Florida.

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