More than 30 Republican representatives have introduced a bill that would restrict LGBTQ topics in schools nationally, similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland) is the only Illinois co-sponsor. In the past, she has been vocal in her opposition to LGBTQ issues.
The bill, called the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act,” was introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.). The bill would bar any federal, state, local governments, or private groups from using federal money to education children younger than 10 to LGBTQ topics.
Along with barring explicit imagery, it lists any topic involving sexual orientation, gender identity, gender dysphoria, or related subjects as “sexually explicit.”
The legislation also allows parents to file a lawsuit against any public or private entity that uses federal dollars to expose their young children to sexually explicit materials or programs, similar to Texas’ anti-abortion SB8. Any organization that violates the law more than once in a five-year period, would lose access to federal funds for three years.
“The Democrat Party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology,” Johnson said in a statement. “This commonsense bill is straightforward. No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, or local government agencies, or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material.”
The bill can be viewed here.