Thousands of students walked out of classes in Florida Thursday afternoon to protest the passage of a bill that would make it illegal for teachers to discuss sexual orientation or sexual identity, even answering questions from students, in classrooms. This bill has largely become known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill and has already passed the Florida House and is expected to pass the Florida Senate, with Governor Ron DeSantis signaling that he will sign it into law.
The law would also make it possible for parents to sue a school if this rule is breached by a teacher. Major school systems saw walkouts including Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee, where hundreds of students lined the state assembly chanting their protests as lawmakers walked past. Several state and federal lawmakers shared their support for the walkout.