The Washington Blade reports:
A new bill just introduced in Florida aims to expand “Don’t Say Gay Or Trans” provisions to a broad range of workplaces. Targeting government employees, contractors, and nonprofits, the bill sets forth restrictions and bans on policies relating to pronouns, gender identity, and sexuality.
Specifically, it would prohibit state and local government employees as well as any contractors engaged with the government from changing their pronouns or honorifics if they do not match their assigned sex at birth.
It would also bar them from instructing on gender identity or sexuality, similar to “Don’t Say Gay Or Trans” laws already active in the state education system. The legislation would establish “biological” pronouns as official state policy.
Florida Politics reports:
What raised the loudest alarms among critics was a provision that appears to restrict any organization specifically serving LGBTQ individuals from receiving any state dollars. “It is an unlawful employment practice for a nonprofit organization or an employer who receives funding from the state to require, as a condition of employment, any training, instruction, or other activity on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” the bill reads.
The legislation is the second bill filed by Rep. Ryan Chamberlin, who was elected to the House in a Special Election in May. The House District 24 seat notably opened after former state Rep. Joe Harding, an Ocala Republican, resigned facing federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Harding authored a parental rights in education bill passed in 2022, the bill originally derided as the “don’t say gay bill.”
Chamberlin belongs to a Pentecostal church and launched a failed bid for the US House in 2020, finishing sixth in the GOP primary. His predecessor, Joe “Don’t Say Gay” Harding, is expected to begin on five month federal prison sentence on COVID fraud charges in January.
‘Don’t say gay’ for nonprofits: @RyanDChamberlin files bill that would restrict LGBTQ nonprofits receiving state funding
— Florida Politics (@Fla_Pol) November 21, 2023
Congratulations to the newest Republican Member of the Florida House of Representatives – Ryan Chamberlin!
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— Christian Ziegler 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMZiegler) May 17, 2023
Congratulations Ryan Chamberlin on your huge victory. We look forward to your leadership in the Florida House! pic.twitter.com/WHGronRPJC
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) May 17, 2023
I’ve not lived in Florida long, but man can I tell you: LOCAL leadership matters. It’s where WORK gets done.
That’s why I’m thrilled to endorse a rock solid conservative Ryan Chamberlin for District 24 special election
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— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 31, 2023
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new bill just introduced in Florida aims to expand “Don’t Say Gay Or Trans” provisions to a broad range of workplaces. The bill sets forth restrictions and bans on policies relating to pronouns, gender identity, and sexuality.https://t.co/t3TmvrdCep
— Brody Levesque (@BrodyLevesque) November 21, 2023