Here’s how to keep that gender discussion out of your school

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As we all know, the Florida GOP, in their infinite wisdom, passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The actual language doesn’t actually use the word “gay” – but that is obviously the point of the bill.

A document was shared on Twitter that is supposedly a template for teachers of grades K-3 to send to the parents of their students. There’s no way to know if it is being used – but it is just too excellent.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Florida parent/caretaker: The Florida house of Representatives has recently ruled that “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

To be in accordance with this policy, I will no longer be referring to your student with gendered pronouns. All students will be referred to as “The” or “them.” I will no longer use a gendered title such as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” or make any references to my husband/wife in the classroom. From now on I will be using the non-gendered title “Mx.”

Furthermore, I will be removing all books or instruction which refer to a person being a “mother,” “father,” “husband” or “wife” as these are gender identities that also may allude to sexual orientation. Needless to say, all books which refer to a character as “he” or “she” will also be removed from the classroom. If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to contact your local representative.

Thank you, Mx. XXXXXXXXXX

Reactions to the letter on Twitter

Here are some of the reactions across Twitter:

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Cross-posted from Daily Kos.

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