Anti-drag queen show, expanded parental rights legislation filed

Bills represent an expansion of the fronts regarding children and gender identity with one trans rights group calling it "an onslaught."

The Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee has filed a slew of bills that would claim territory in classrooms, performance venues and health care facilities in the new front involving children and gender identity.

Children would not be exposed to drag queen shows or called by pronouns that do not correspond to their gender at birth, according to legislation that Sen. Clay Yarborough, a Republican from Jacksonville, filed.

A third bill would require licensed health care facilities that offer gender-affirming treatment attest that they do not treat children younger than 18 years old.

“This legislation sends a strong message that Florida is a safe place to raise children,” Yarborough said in a prepared statement. “Florida parents are worried about the radical, prurient agenda that has become pervasive across most forms of media, specifically targeting young children.”

The efforts are an extension of the ground gained last year when the Legislature approved the Parental Rights in Education Law which critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” that more tightly regulates “age-appropriate” discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation, declared Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.

“The feedback from parents and teachers who appreciate appropriate guardrails on social issues being taught in schools is overwhelmingly positive,” Passidomo said. “This year, we’re going to expand on that good work.”

The Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation held a news conference Thursday and called it part of an onslaught of attacks against the most marginalized and oppressed groups in the community.

Ron DeSantis and any lawmaker who votes for these bills are transphobic and put us all at risk,” said Lakey Love, leader of the organization.

The bills are:

SB 1438, which appears to have been inspired by the annual tour of “A Drag Queen Christmas,” a show where children were photographed during the holiday season. The legislation would revoke the license of any public lodging that admits a child to an adult live performance. Republican Rep. Randy Fine filed identical legislation (SB 1423) in the House.

SB 1320 which would prohibit people from using preferred pronouns that do not correspond with the gender identity assigned to the person at birth. It would also ban classroom instruction related to sexual orientation or gender identity until the ninth grade. Two related bills are moving in the House. HB 1069 defines “sex” and is moving through committees. HB 1223, concerned with pronouns, sexual orientation and gender identity instruction, was filed Tuesday.

SB 254 would give the state temporary emergency jurisdiction over children if they are at risk or are getting what some call “gender-affirming care” and others call “sex-reassignment” prescriptions or procedures. Also, it would require health care providers to say they don’t provide the treatment to children younger than 18 or face losing their license.

Fine and Republican Rep. Ralph Massullo filed similar legislation (HB 1421) in the House.

Yarborough has been a staunchly right-of-center legislator since his stint on the Jacksonville City Council from 2007 to 2015. As Council President, he raised an objection to a photograph of a bare-breasted pregnant woman “laying in a questionable position” in the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, threatening to pull funding because of the “inappropriate, pornographic display.”

As the Florida Times-Union reported, Yarborough also attempted to stop distribution of the local alt-weekly at Jacksonville public libraries, writing to then-Mayor John Peyton.

“It is deplorable and incredibly tarnishing to the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Public Library system to have a publication containing vulgar expletives, explicit and graphic sexual content and details of such a stage show, readily accessible and available to children walking into a library,” Yarborough wrote. “Would you let your child read it?”


Florida Politics writer Anne Geggis contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • ScienceBLVR

    March 1, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Clay looks a little uptight… Perhaps some students can “school” him about gender choice and sexual expression in the 21st century. And he wants to forbid use of preferred personal pronouns? Wow, Clay, way to support the first amendment and focus on what’s truly important to instill in our schools. Who knew this kind of authoritarian control could fix what ails our educational system!

    • Rob Desantos

      March 2, 2023 at 2:16 pm

      Like so many republicans, he is very very scared of the many many things that he doesn’t understand.

      • Like so many

        March 4, 2023 at 11:22 am

        Like so many republicans he probably hits his wife.

  • SteveHC

    March 1, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    How ‘bout instead of wasting time and money on this kind of nonsense we instead pass laws banning scumbags like Yarborough from being allowed to run for office in the first place?

  • Illurion

    March 1, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    Clay is correct on everything in this bill.

    We need to get the perversion out of our schools processes.

    The next bill Clay should propose is “DRESS STANDARDS” for all teachers Statewide to eliminate all of the perversions that they dress like.

    • Rob Desantos

      March 2, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Ok groomer

      • Illurion

        March 2, 2023 at 11:08 pm

        So you admit that you are a groomer…!

        • A bad one

          March 4, 2023 at 11:23 am

          Illurion is a groomer.

    • Linwood Wright

      March 2, 2023 at 11:25 pm

      Teaching about sex is “perversion?”
      You seem like the kind of person who showers with swim trunks on.

      • Illurion

        March 3, 2023 at 7:28 pm

        No “Linwood Wrong”, you clearly miss the point.

        School Teachers and School Administrators teaching about “sex” to 9, 10, 11, and 12 year old children is “PERVERSION” period, under existing law, and is even more “perverted” when those Teachers go beyond “sex”, and push the normalization of homosexuality, lesbianism, and transexualism to little kids who are essentially being held “prisoner”, and forced to listen to the “sexual indoctrination” because they “have to listen to their teacher.”

        The purpose of the bill being voted on is to “close loopholes” that have allowed these criminals to escape being held responsible for their crimes, and to protect the innocence of our Children, and Grandchildren.

        As for how i take a shower, your question is rather perverted in itself….!

        Are you a groomer ?

        I have Children, and Grandchildren.

        Based on your apparent lack of concern about the issue of “sexual grooming in school”, I take it that you have no Children or Grandchildren.

        Or that you are a “groomer” yourself.

        It appears this is just a some game to you, where you write snide remarks, and try to smear people that you disagree with.

        This bill will pass, and the loopholes will be closed.

        Over the next year or so, some Teachers who won’t abide by the law will go to jail.

        For the last decade, in Florida alone, at least “one” teacher per month has been arrested for actually “having sex” with the children they are supposed to beTeaching and Protecting.

        All the while, the “underlying problem of Teachers Grooming Children” that eventually leads to the afore mentioned “sex crimes” has continued to massively grow every year.

        This bill will help to stem the tide of “perverted teaching” in the first place, which will prevent further damage to our student children as they grow older.

    • Duval4Clay!

      March 4, 2023 at 1:11 pm

      Touchdown answer!
      Go Senator Clay Yarborough!!
      For Our children’s sake and for God and state and country!

  • cassandra

    March 1, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Sex-obsessed PERVERT. And Clay’s always talking about sex & children–together.
    BTW, Clay, people are more than just their reproductive parts and functions.

    • Illurion

      March 2, 2023 at 12:44 pm

      Everything you said is backward.

      The “sex-obsessed-perverts” that are “always talking about sex and children” are the PERVERT TEACHERS and SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS” who are sexually “indoctrinating” and “assaulting” our childen in school…. NOT Clay……..!

      and, BTW,

      NO, you are wrong again.

      “people” ARE EXACTLY WHAT THEIR REPRODUCTIVE PARTS” say they are……… Nothing more.

      ie: male parts make you a MALE.

      female parts make you a FEMALE.


      • Rob Desantos

        March 2, 2023 at 2:15 pm

        Pervert-obsessed Illurion is another great example of the fact that for Republicans today, every accusation is a confession. This guy grooms for sure.

        • Illurion

          March 2, 2023 at 11:07 pm

          You are obviously looking in the mirror.

      • cassandra

        March 2, 2023 at 5:38 pm

        * My comment to you is: March 2, 2023 at 5:35 pm

  • cassandra

    March 2, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    Your comment is meant to be a caricature of a bigoted pedophile, right?

    If it’s not, you need to provide citations/evidence.

    • Illurion

      March 2, 2023 at 11:06 pm

      The video evidence you request is easily well documented on the website LIBSOFTIKTOK.

      There are many other videos on VIDMAX about perverted groomer teachers.

      And bear in mind, practically all of these videos were created BY THE PERVERTED TEACHERS THEMSELVES.


      Page after page of perverted teachers bragging about how they groom children.

      My father always said the first to call someone a bigot, is the bigot….

      So i guess you have id’d yourself as the “bigot”, in the same way that others here identified themselves as the “perverts” by calling Clay a pervert first.

      • Both of you.

        March 4, 2023 at 11:25 am

        Your father was a bigot and he raised one.

        • Illurion

          March 4, 2023 at 9:04 pm

          Whoever you are, you wrote at least two posts above under multiple screen names’

          We are not stupid, we can see through your games.

          In your above post at 11:25am on 3/4/2023, you call yourself “BOTH OF YOU”, and call my father & i a bigot.

          In addition:

          Two minutes earlier, IN YOUR EARLIER POST at 11:23am on 3/4/2023, you called yourself “A BAD ONE”, and called me a groomer.

          Whatever your real name is, YOU AREN’T VERY BRIGHT, AND YOU ARE A COWARD.

          This news article that we are all posting about, is about a new legislative bill to close loopholes that perverted teachers and school adminstrators are using to escape prosecution for sexually abusing minor children in school.

          Since YOU, whoever you are, appear to be against the bill, i can only conclude that you are either:

          – a perverted teacher yourself
          – or
          – a regular person who has no children in school, or no children at all.

          Of the two names that you call yourself, i choose to believe that you accurately named yourself when you called yourself “A BAD ONE.”

          As you obviously are.

          Based on the hundreds of videos that these groomer teachers have posted about themselves on LIBSOFTIKTOK and VIDMAX, the good news in all of this is that IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT the perverted teachers that are committing these sexual crimes in school, ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE NO CHILDREN THEMSELVES, and are either lesbian, homosexual, or transexual.

          In any case, since they will not be having children, when they die, whatever it is that is evil in them will not be replicated into another generation, and by failing to “replace” themselves thru child-birth, they deliberately “remove themselves from the genetic code of mankind.”

          Sounds good to me, mr or miss “A BAD ONE”

          • Illurion

            March 5, 2023 at 8:42 pm

            continued from above.

            well “A BAD ONE”, i just noticed that there is one other post using a different screen name above that appears to have been written by you:

            add: screen name: “LIKE SO MANY” on 3/4/2023 at 11:22am in which you accuse Clay of “LIKE SO MANY REPUBLICANS HE PROBABLY HITS HIS WIFE.”

            So you wrote 3 different disgusting insults in 3 different posts, using 3 different screen names, over a 3 minute period.

            11:22am – “LIKE SO MANY”
            11:23am – “A BAD ONE”
            11:25am – “BOTH OF YOU”

            you really are sick…..

            I would hope that this FLORIDA POLITICS website would look at your posts, and block your IP ADDRESS to further posting on this website.

      • cassandra

        March 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm

        There is a bit of truth in your Mar 3 at 8:03pm comment in this thread, and I agree with much of what you write there about government. But your resources/evidence are not news sites; they are for entertainment purposes only.

        No, I would not go to the websites. Reasons? Viewers legitimate the site and each visit makes the content appear to be popular and more trustworthy. I also would not want to inadvertently violate any child p0rnography laws. You should consider this possibility as well.

        It is illogical to believe that abusers would post videos of themselves. Actual groomers know that they would quickly be discovered. It’s on the internet; addresses are available. There is no reason to believe the videos are created for any purpose other than to confuse and outrage their audience.

        Certainly child sexual abusers can take advantage of their positions of trust and authority at schools. Just as some parents, relatives, camp counselors, and clergy, do. But the percentage of pedophiles among any of these groups is extremely low. Schools are safe places for children to learn. And if you fear sending your children to school, where would you prefer they be educated?

        Your comment about “DRESS STANDARDS” is particularly disturbing. It doesn’t even make sense. What are teachers wearing that you find troubling?

        PS: My comment about people being more than just their reproductive parts was meant to say that people have many interests and qualities other than sex and reproduction.

        • Illurion

          March 5, 2023 at 8:31 pm

          Thank you for your reply.

          But i am confused by your answer.

          I provided you with not one, but two websites absolutely FILLED with the actual videos that perverted teachers have ACTUALLY MADE OF THEMSELVES, AND POSTED BY THEMSELVES.

          Instead of says thank you, you are right Illurion, instead you wrote: “It is illogical to believe that abusers would post videos of themselves.”


          You have got to be kidding.

          These people, and i am being nice by calling them people, ARE ENTIRELY WITHOUT LOGIC, AS THEIR LIFESTYLE CLEARLY SHOWS.

          The purpose of life is to create more life, and yet these “people”

          Yet they, by their life style that leads to NO CREATION OF LIFE, reject the entire purpose of their being born.


          Please don’t ask people to provide “citations and evidence” if you have no intention of reading, or watching them.

          When confronted with things they do not believe in, liberals almost always demand “proof”, and when that proof is provided, those same liberals ignore it. Demanding proof was just a stall tactic to change the subject.

          • cassandra

            March 6, 2023 at 10:49 pm

            You are right that I should have thanked you, Illurion. I do appreciate your providing the websites. So thanks..

            I didn’t look at the sites because I did not want to watch pedophiles bragging in detail about sexually abusing children, which is what I expected based on your descriptions. I’ve since learned that the videos do not show this.

            It appears that some people are misusing the term “groomer”. Doing so is creating a mass hysteria around “grooming” and thereby trivializing it in the minds of the public.

            People using the term casually may also want to think about how a child victim who has actually been sexually abused, or that child’s parent, must feel every time they hear the term “groomer” being used whenever a teacher tapes a rainbow flag onto a classroom wall.

            The TTLibs should talk to a few parents of actual grooming victims. See the pain and tragedy that will always be with them. You know, get a little perspective. TTLibs should be ashamed of themselves.

        • Illurion

          March 7, 2023 at 2:11 pm

          Hello again Cassandra:

          I see you replied below on 3/6/2023 at 10:49pm, but for some reason there is no “reply” button next to it, so i am placing my reply to that post of yours, onto this post of yours.

          My reply:

          How can you possibly watch the absurd, criminal, perverted videos on those two websites, and then say: ”
          “I’ve since learned that the videos do not show this.” (perversion)

          You claim you watched the videos in which the perverts openly admit they are breaking the law, and “indoctrinating” little children, and despite that, you then say you totally see no problem with teachers “grooming” children in school.

          You even try to twist and change the definition of grooming to make it seem harmless !

          You then state that it is ok when a perverted teacher: “tapes a rainbow flag onto a classroom wall.”


          It is ILLEGAL in the State of Florida for a teacher to “discuss homosexuality, lesbianism, and transexualism with minor students in class.”

          Since the “rainbow flag” is the official flag of “homosexuality, lesbianism, and transexualism” , then “A TEACHER THAT TAPES A RAINBOW FLAG TO A CLASSROOM WALL” is committing a crime.

          and is therefore a criminal.

          What is it about that , that you do not seem to understand ?

          You disappoint me.

          It appears you “Believe what you want to believe, regardless of the facts.”

          Please do not reposnd to me ant more, as i see it is a waste of my time to discuss facts with you when you simply ignore them.

          As i stated in one of my earlier posts, this new bill, which is just an extension of an existing bill, that simply “protects more “grades” of vulnerable children, will PASS the legislature.

          The corrupt teachers and administrators that believe like you do, will no doubt ignore it, and will no doubt go to jail for their crimes.

          Justice will be done.

          Our children will be protected.

          The Parents, the Children, and our civilization, win.

          • Illurion

            March 7, 2023 at 2:15 pm

            apologies – my typos from above post… “respond” “any”

          • cassandra

            March 7, 2023 at 9:59 pm

            Illurion, The FP comments section allows only five levels per comment (original plus four replies). The fifth level will not have a reply option. As you can imagine, this often creates a scrolling mess when two or more people are discussing a topic.

            If you re-read my comment you will find that I clearly state that I did not want to hear a pervert’s detailed description of what he physically and mentally did to a child. The videos do not show an abuser doing that—-fortunately.

            My point is that creating wild hysteria over things like rainbow flags or pronouns trivialises what goes on during the actual grooming of a child. There is no evidence—-or even reason to suspect—-that the videoed teachers have the intent to have any type sexual contact with any child.

            Opportunists’ use of families’ tragedies to promote their own anti-LGBTQ+ agenda just shows insensitivity and a sad lack of morals.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    March 3, 2023 at 10:07 am

    It’s a good thing every other real problem has been solved in Florida which allows these people time to waste on complete non-issues like this.

  • Elliott Offen

    March 3, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    It’s all far right political theatre to distract from the fact that the GOP only exists to obstruct and sabotage government to benefit the rich. Publix grocery stores 14 billion in profits 2021-2022. Wages only 205 million that same year. Happening all over Florida. People being torn a new azzhole by high prices and low wages.. Republicans blaming it all on the Democrats as usual.

    • Illurion

      March 3, 2023 at 8:03 pm


      You have everything backwards and confused.

      The leaders of both the Democrat Party and the Republican Party are totally corrupt, and cooperate with each other in the form of “THE SWAMP” to continue their absolute CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT for themselves and their so called RICH, ELITE partners.

      The RICH ELITES, along with their CORRUPT GOVERNMENT traitors, and their DEMOCRAT and REPUBLICAN sycophants ONLY COME TOGETHER to “OBSTRUCT AND SABOTAGE” attempts by “WE THE PEOPLE” to eliminate government corruption, and make our Government “ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE.” as the Constitution promised.

      So your simple complaint that this is a “Democrat vs Republican” fight is all wrong.


      With the “Corrupted Government” containing BOTH DEMOCRAT TRAITORS, AND REPUBLICAN TRAITORS.

      President Trump described it quite correctly in his January 2017 Inauguration speech when he said:


      Obviously Elliott, our Government is “NOT” controlled by “The People.”

      Hopefully, Trump will win the 2024 election, and take us back to prosperity.

      When Trump was President in October of 2020, i paid $1.68 per gallon for gasoline.

      Today, i pay $3.29 per gallon, and have paid as much as $5.05 per gallon in 2022 under President Biden.

      I am an INDEPENDENT, not a Republican.

      as for your remarks about Publix, i worked there for 5 years.

      Publix employees are paid much more that Winn Dixie employees, and as a “PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANY”, “ALL PUBLIX EMPLOYEES ARE PART-OWNERS” of the company through their Stock Options and Share Grants.

      The 205 million you mention is only their DIRECT SALARY, and does not include the shares of stock in their employee portfolio’s.

      The “inflation, high prices, and low wages” that you complain about, all started after the November 2020 election.

      The Republicans that are complaining are CORRECT to blame the Democrats, as the Democrats are the ones that have the POWER, and have done it.


      We The People…….. are in trouble………. on that, You and I agree…

      Good Night Elliott

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 3, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Good evening America,
    Dispite the above over dramatic uber leftist statements of our usual woksters here on F. P. this drag legislation is an actual panty bunch up concern to only just a small fraction of the citizens of The Great State of Florida. Remember the initial leftist panty bunch up concern when the Supreme’s kicked Roe v Wade back to the states? Well this drag stuff is nothing like that and the drag faux outrage will pass even quicker than the Roe thing. Heck lefties dont even care about Roe any longer – guess Roe was faux leftyvoutrage also.
    Thank You America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Illurion

      March 4, 2023 at 9:09 pm

      Good post.

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