Disney star Raven-Symone says that Florida should enact a bill similar to House Bill 1557 — the Parental Rights in Education bill — and call it the "Don't Say Straight" bill.
The newly signed law prohibits school staff from discussing sexuality with children third-grade age and under and restricts related topics with older children to age-appropriate instruction. The law also encourages school staff to tell students' parents about their sexual orientation or identity, specifically if there is any detectable change in the student's "mental, emotional, or physical health or wellbeing." The law has been falsely called the "Don't Say Gay" bill by Democrats and many in the media, but it does not mention the word "gay" or prevent anyone from saying it.
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Symone — a child actress who also spent time acting on "The Cosby Show" — on Wednesday appeared on "Today," where she issued the head-scratching remarks.
She said, "I’m gonna say this, and this is my thing: If there’s a ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, there should be a ‘Don’t Say Straight’ bill, because it’s not fair.”
“There are multiple kinds of humans in this world, and you are ruining the psyche, the confidence of so many young children because you are discrediting their parents, the people they love, the people that raised them, the people that teach them the manners when they walk into that schoolroom,” she complained. “So if you’re not gonna honor their family, your family shouldn’t be honored either.”
She concluded, "Let's just make it even-slash-equal, maybe."
Symone — who stars in Disney's "Raven's Home" — recently took part in a walkout over the bill after Disney CEO Bob Chapek initially refused to speak out against the bill before it was passed into law.
On Monday, however, a statement from Disney principals stated that the company is committed to supporting a repeal of the new law.
“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that,” the statement noted.