We’re sorry we missed this hot take from Monday on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing into law the Parental Rights in Education bill. Opponents continue to refer to it as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and teachers are wringing their hands worrying that they won’t be able to tell their kindergarteners that they went paddleboarding with their partners over the weekend. There’s been a conscious misunderstanding of what the law does, and Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, let DeSantis know that he can’t erase the LGBTQ community with his pen — all of the LGBTQ students and teachers are still lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning.
Every LGBTQ student, teacher, parent, nurse, astronaut, mechanic, soldier, etc in Florida is still LGBTQ. The governor can sign a bill making it illegal to acknowledge their existence, but he can’t make them disappear with a pen.
Love will always win, friends.
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) March 29, 2022
Making it illegal to acknowledge their existence? Come on, man! Whatever happened to the moral panic about disinformation being allowed on social media?
That's not what the bill says. Do you even know what the bill says?
— Guru Ghantaal (@mananpatel41) March 29, 2022
That’s not what the bill does, but yeah sure keep going with it anyway
— Pimpnyomom (@Pmpnyomom) March 29, 2022
Did they make it illegal to be gay in Florida? I’m confused. What did the new law do?
— hwClinton (@smithvoltaire) March 29, 2022
One of the most privileged men in America and the world on here making himself a victim. Ridiculous.
— Mike McD (@MickGMick) March 29, 2022
And married to the “first” openly gay cabinet member (if you don’t count Richard Grenell because he’s a Republican).
Do you actually think DeSantis made it illegal to be gay? LMAO
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 29, 2022
That’s not what the law does, so why lie about it?
— Jay (@OneFineJay) March 29, 2022
Still making children pledge allegiance to the pride flag?
— Antonio Martinez (@djtechchicago) March 29, 2022
— Spirit of Saint Louis (@Moosejaw50) March 29, 2022
Damn, he signed a bill making it illegal to acknowledge their existence?
When did that happen?
— ㄒ尺乇ᐯㄖ尺 ۞ ㄒ尺ㄩ丂ㄒ (@TrustedTrevor) March 29, 2022
NO ONE needs to know the sexual orientation of any of the people you've listed. It should be considered personal information. When I get my brakes changed or blood drawn, I don't ask the mechanic or nurse for a sexual history. Stop making everything about sex.
— ORourkian (@ORourkian) March 29, 2022
You’re lying about the bill. But of course you know that. You do no service to anyone by doing this.
— Meisterbuerger (@meisterbuerger) March 29, 2022
Wow. Such misrepresentation of the bill and yet @Twitter
will allow such misinformation to stay posted while removing other material that is valid.
— Geo From Delco (@bb1wackbag) March 29, 2022
No one is trying to “make them disappear.” This is pure disinformation.
— James Dash (@GOPToddler) March 29, 2022
Yeah, but it sure sounds dramatic and makes the bill sound “hateful.” Buttigieg’s husband’s a public figure in the Biden administration but he can get away with saying this. And we’re supposed to impeach Justice Clarence Thomas over his wife’s texts? Secretary Pete, tell your husband to tone it down a notch.
FL Kindergarten teacher whining about NOT discussing his love life with his students is exactly WHY the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ LAW was needed (watch) https://t.co/ZcYKjxwk4z
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 29, 2022