Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to extend the controversial ban on teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity, already in place in elementary schools, to all ages. The corresponding initiative should be voted on in the state education council on April 19, several media reported on Wednesday. It should not be necessary for Parliament to approve the extension of the “Don’t say gay” rule.

DeSantis last year banned teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools. Should his initiative to expand this rule be successful, it must not be taught in the future up to the upper school.

The move drew immediate criticism from both Washington and LGBTQ activists. “Let’s not be fooled. This is part of a worrying and dangerous trend we are seeing across the country,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. For its part, the organization Equality Florida said: “That was the goal from the beginning: general censorship and the ban on books.” DeSantis wanted to “feed his presidential ambitions” with his push against the LGBTQ community.

The governor is considered a possible candidate for the 2024 presidential election. If he throws his hat in the ring, he would have to compete against ex-President Donald Trump in the Republican preliminary round. DeSantis is currently considered Trump’s most potentially dangerous rival. He is taking a hard right-wing course in Florida and was re-elected governor in a landslide victory last fall.

Language requirements for dealing with trans people could soon be issued in North Dakota. The state’s Congress on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit public schools and state agencies from addressing students and employees with pronouns other than those that reflect their birth-assigned gender.

The US House of Representatives approved the project by a vote of 60 to 32. The bill passed the Senate in February. It has yet to be signed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum before it can go into effect.

In 2021, Burgum vetoed a law that would have restricted trans students’ participation in physical education classes in public elementary and secondary schools. He has not publicly stated whether he supports the latest measure.

The proposed legislation is one of hundreds across the US targeting nearly every facet of trans people’s existence. They range from guidelines for which toilets they can use, to the use of pronouns, to exercise.

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