U.S. Surgeon General warns ‘Parental Rights’ bill hazardous to Florida kids’ health
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
The White House takes another swipe at a measure critics dub the 'Don't Say Gay' bill.

Another member of the Joe Biden administration is raising concerns about Florida’s newly-passed Parental Rights in Education legislation, saying it could harm the youth it purports to protect.

The bill bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and requires that discussion of such topics be age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate in all other grades.

In a series of tweets Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy raised the concerns from the Biden administration.

“Florida’s recent law restricting discussion about gender identity in school has understandably raised serious concerns. The law concerns me too,” Murthy asserted.

“Learning that people are different and that not all families look the same — these are important lessons that start early in life, including in school. They help create a society based on understanding and respect. They help children know they belong even if they are different,” Murthy added, before invoking his own outsider experience in the Sunshine State.

“I grew up in Florida and am a proud graduate of the public school system. As a kid who often felt I didn’t belong, it helped tremendously when teachers openly discussed our different backgrounds. This built understanding and reduced shame,” Murthy related, before returning to the current situation.

“LGBTQ+ youth also deserve such proactive support. Preventing or criminalizing efforts to foster such understanding hurts kids & families. It shuts down dialogue instead of nurturing healthy conversation. And it sends a signal to LGBTQ+ youth that they are not fully accepted,” Murthy added.

President Biden himself denounced the “hateful” legislation last month.

“It’s discriminatory. It’s a form of bullying. It’s horrific,” asserted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki last week.

“Parents across the country are looking to national, state, and district leaders to support our nation’s students, help them recover from the pandemic, and provide them the academic and mental health supports they need,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Instead, leaders in Florida are prioritizing hateful bills that hurt some of the students most in need.”

If the bill is signed into law, it is effective in July. There is little doubt that Gov. Ron DeSantis will sign it given that it has become increasingly central to his administration’s messaging.

“We’re going to make sure that parents are able to send their kid to kindergarten without some of this stuff injected into their school curriculum,” DeSantis said during a press conference last week.

The political side is making bank off the stance also.

“Woke Disney is now echoing Democrat propaganda and falling for the corporate media’s phony hysteria over a Florida bill that sensibly prohibits K-3rd graders from being indoctrinated with transgenderism and R-rated lessons about sexuality,” DeSantis asserted in an email last week. The message to political supporters trumpeted his standoff with the Disney company over the legislation.

And staffers are getting in on the act, too.

Florida officials — including the Governor’s press secretary — will take part in an online forum hosted by a convicted participant in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ press secretary, will be part of a Monday Twitter Spaces town hall, marketed as “Don’t Say ‘Don’t Say Gay.’” #WalkAway activist Brandon Straka announced the event, which will also feature state Reps. Joe Harding and John Snyder. Conservative LGBTQ pundits Mike Harlow, David Leatherwood and Christian Walker also will attend.

Straka was convicted of a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct at the Capitol, as part of the mass protest and attempted mob preemption of the certification of the 2020 presidential election.


The Associated Press and Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Kathryn Drury

    March 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Screw him! Parents must determine when their children have to learn about these deviants who are all mentally ill….not some school teacher….some with just high school diplomas! It’s past time that we again must focus on NORMALCY AND THE SVIENCE….2 genders, DNA IS THE DETERMINANT (regarding mentally ill trans things) rather than shoving this ‘degenerate’ garbage down the throats and in the brains/thoughts of our normal children away NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS EVERYWHERE!

  • Tom

    March 14, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    What a crock!
    Just more partisan B S, meaningless.
    Wah, Wah, Dems have lost minds.

  • Marfan

    March 14, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    He is as much as a doctor as garden gnome faucci is. I doubt either one of them has a clue as how to perform a proper patient history, let alone even recognize a live patient if he/she was standing in fron of them.

  • Emperor Palpatine

    March 15, 2022 at 8:26 am

    “Good. Let your hate flow through you. The Dark Side is strong with these three.”

  • BJ

    March 15, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Frankly I’m sick to my stomach of the alphabet people BS. Teach your deviant behavior at home.

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