Educational Specialist comments as Florida bans teaching about gender identity in all public schools

In legislation derided by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Florida has extended it’s ban on teaching about gender identity and sexual orientation to all public schools.  It’s a move that is provoking discussion and creating controversy across the planet.

Joe Saunders, the senior political director for LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida said: “This rule is by design a tool for curating fear, anxiety and the erasure of our LGBTQ community,” and President Biden said the law would marginalize already vulnerable LGBTQ students.

We spoke to former teacher and online education specialist Layla Acharya, owner of, who said she was ‘deeply concerned’ by the move.  Layla said:

“Education is meant to be a platform for cultivating open-mindedness, inclusivity, and empathy, all of which are essential components for fostering a respectful and harmonious society. By prohibiting educators from discussing these topics, we are effectively stifling the growth of understanding and tolerance, which may lead to increased incidents of discrimination and prejudice.

“Gender identity and sexuality are complex and diverse subjects that merit thoughtful and informed discourse. Ignoring or suppressing these discussions in educational settings can contribute to a harmful environment for young individuals who are in the process of self-discovery. As an educator and advocate for comprehensive, inclusive education, I believe that we should be equipping our students with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

“In an era where mental health and well-being have become pressing issues, it is essential for students to feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are. The blanket ban on discussing gender identity and sexuality denies students the opportunity to learn from their peers, empathize with different experiences, and develop into compassionate, informed adults. Furthermore, it hampers the ability of teachers to create safe and supportive classroom environments for all students, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

“In conclusion, I strongly urge policymakers to reconsider this legislation and recognize the long-term implications it may have on the mental and emotional well-being of students, as well as the overall health of our society. Instead, let us invest in inclusive and comprehensive education that fosters understanding, empathy, and acceptance of diversity, laying the groundwork for a more equitable and harmonious future.”


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