GOP introduce Wisconsin’s version of “Don’t Say Gay” bill

by | Nov 8, 2023 | 0 comments

Assembly Bill 510 received a public hearing by the Committee on Family Law on Wednesday, November 8th. This bill follows a similar bill’s failure to become law in the past couple years after a veto by Governor Evers. The bill’s introduction framed its content as “common sense” safety for children by giving their parents a variety of rights that could be enforced through civil lawsuit. The introduction also included fears about the dangers of social media and “AI pornography.”

The small hearing room was packed full of a diverse audience eager to testify. The bill would grant parents and guardians rights over their child’s name and pronouns used in schools, forcibly outing them and potentially putting them in danger of abuse. It would also grant these rights to require schools to send any “controversial subject” for parental clearance first. 

Specifically, the bill lists gender identity, sexual orientation, racial identity, and systemic racism as examples. During the hearing, it was confirmed that a child’s parent or guardian could opt them out of history lessons that might tackle “controversial subjects,” albeit, at the risk of losing a credit necessary for graduation.

Quigley
Atlas Counseling
DCHS Wildlife Center
DCHS - Foster
Forward Fertility

These rights would be enforceable by allowing parents to file a civil lawsuit for a variety of financial restitution. Notably, this right to civil suit would be reserved against public institutions, giving private schools an exclusion. 

Various members of Moms for Liberty, an anti-LGBTQ+ organization, framed queer and trans people as some evil corrupting force. WILL, a conservative law firm known for taking cases against diversity initiatives and testifying in favor of anti-queer bills in the legislature, also spoke. They claim the bill would not be censorship, and would end issues they see in gender and sexuality education, and critical race theory.

Opponents of the bill claim it would censor skilled educators, exclude vulnerable students like trans youth, and divide communities in their education. Folks testified that the so-called “Parents’ Rights Bill” was just another thinly veiled anti-diversity bill among the dozens that have swept through GOP-controlled legislatures in the past couple of years. Community and mental health advocates warned about severe impact on children’s’ well-being from being forcibly outed or excluded as a “controversial subject.”

This bill comes as schools are increasingly a primary battleground for a so-called “culture war” that threatens to remove diversity. This bill, if passed by the legislature, would face likely death once again by the Governor’s veto power.

Share this Article

Article Tags

Rutabaga - Summer

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rutabaga - Summer

Latest News

Love Strikes

Love Strikes

GSAFE youth Bri Hudson on coming to terms with being a lesbian and adjusting to a new school.

Are You a Friend of Sandy Brown?

Are You a Friend of Sandy Brown?

Army veteran Sandy Brown is a former Vice President of PFLAG’s National Board and a recipient of the PFLAG Starr Award as well as the Door County’s Ann Kok Social Justice Award.

Delta Means Change

Delta Means Change

Delta Beer Lab has done their best to take the high road, as economic pressures challenge business to find a new way,
by making changes that still serve their mission and values.

Growing, Together

Growing, Together

After 25 years together, Pam Mehnert and Lisa Malmarowski reflect on the decades of LGBTQ setbacks and progress they’ve expereinced in Wisconsin.

Hard Work

Hard Work

Crossroads Community Farm organic farmer Cassie Wyss talks about becoming a farmer and a member of the LGBTQ community later in life.

Madison Queer Bike Ride

Madison Queer Bike Ride

Organizer Zach Johnson shares about a meetup in Madison’s Law Park. The ride specifically welcomes all bodies, including new or infrequent bikers, on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 (weather permitting).

Latest News

VIEW ALL LATEST NEWS

Quigley
DCHS - Foster
Atlas Counseling
DCHS Wildlife Center
Forward Fertility

Events

SUBMIT AN EVENT

VIEW ALL EVENTS

Jobs

SUBMIT A JOB POSTING

VIEW ALL JOBS

Pin It on Pinterest