Iowa GOP submits their version of ‘Don’t Say Gay’

Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

Iowa has become the latest state to propose a “Don’t Say Gay” bill to the legislature.

The Globe Gazette of Mason City reported that Iowa House Republicans introduced a bill last week that says public school teachers may not instruct on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. It also requires school boards provide age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development.

The newspaper also reported that another bill would bar schools from using a student’s declared gender without permission from parents.

“We need to empower parents,” Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley, who co-sponsored the bills, told the Globe Gazette. “In our opinion, that’s what the goal of these (bills) are, making sure conversations are happening with children and their parents, instead of happening in the school system. We feel confident standing in that position.”

One Iowa, the state’s LGBTQ rights organization, has already put out a call to action, asking people to contact their legislators about the bills, House Bills 8 and 9.

On Tuesday, according to One Iowa Action, State Senate Bill SF83 was filed. It would ban instruction on gender identity in kindergarten through eight grade public schools.

Already in 2023, 51 anti-transgender bills have been proposed in statehouses across the country.