A recent press release from the Florida Governor’s office clarified that the Gender Identity, aka “Don’t say Gay” law is not limited in its application to just humans. Teachers in Florida cannot refer to genders of animals, nor electric outlets.
Identifying a cat as a “Tom” or a dog as a “Bitch” is instruction in gender identity. Instruction regarding gender identity is strictly forbidden in grades k-3 and is not limited by species. Even instruction in something as basic as plugging into a household electrical outlet can run afoul of the law, opening the door to lawsuits by those who object to the terms “male plug” and “female receptacle.”
On a related note, parent’s groups advocating in favor of the law are drafting lists of pre-k – 3rd grade books to be banned for using gender specific pronouns like “he” and “she”. A spokesperson, who preferred to remain anonymous, said their next target would be clothes and hair styles that are associated with either a male or female gender, as those also promote gender identity. After that? “Names,” the spokesperson replied. “We can’t allow teachers to address children by names that infer a male or female gender identity.”