ADDED ON: 01/13/2023

“Don’t Say Gay” bill introduced by Iowa Republican leaders

01/12/23 | Axios Des Moines

Iowa Republican House leaders are proposing two classroom bills that could force teachers to “out” certain LGBT students, according to advocacy groups, as well as prohibit teachers from providing LGBT-related materials for students 3rd grade and younger. Driving the news: House File 8 restricts school staff from giving “instruction of any kind” on gender identity and sexual orientation in K-3rd grade classrooms. That includes tests, surveys or handouts. The second bill, House File 9, prohibits school staff from “affirming” a student’s gender identity and preferred pronouns if it’s different from their birth certificate, unless the teacher has written approval from the student’s parent. It applies to students across all grade levels.

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