“Don’t Say Gay or Trans”


On March 31, 2022, NCLR, with our colleagues at Kaplan, Hecker & Fink LLP, filed a new lawsuit challenging Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” legislation, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on March 28. 

Along with more than a dozen students, parents, and teachers, we represent Equality Florida, which has over 400,000 members, and Family Equality, the nation’s leading group for LGBTQ-parent families and their children.

Read the blog post by NCLR’s legal team and our joint press release.  

For media and press inquiries, contact NCLR’s Communications Director, Christopher Vasquez.

We will continue to provide updates to the case here.  In the meantime, please join us to fight for the young people and LGBTQ families of Florida.  Your contributions make lawsuits like this possible.  Thank you!


Protecting LGBTQ Students and Families

March 30, 2022 Press Release

Press Coverage

LGBTQ group sues Florida over so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law – AP News

‘I Hope This Law Is Obliterated.’ Plaintiffs in the First Lawsuit Challenging ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in Florida Speak Out – TIME

First Federal Suit Against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Filed – Advocate

First lawsuit filed over Florida law restricting certain LGBTQ topics in the classroom – CNN

LGBTQ advocates sue over Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill – POLITICO

First federal lawsuit filed against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law – AXIOS

DeSantis Sued by Rights Group Over LGBTQ Curriculum Law – Bloomberg

Florida LGBT+ advocates sue Ron DeSantis over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law – INDEPENDENT

Equality Florida files lawsuit against Gov. DeSantis to overturn ‘parental rights’ bill – Florida Politics

Education secretary says Biden administration will monitor new Florida law – WESH (video)

Trans youth are leading the fight against the Don’t Say Gay law once again with a landmark lawsuit – Daily Kos

LGBTQ Students Are Being Terrorized. Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Will Make It Worse – HuffPost

First lawsuit filed against ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law in Florida – Washington Blade

‘Don’t Say Gay’ law in Florida challenged in first lawsuit filing – Los Angeles Blade

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Legislation & Policy

California Assembly Bill 2085


Children of color are significantly more likely to be reported for allegations of abuse and neglect, despite the vast majority of those allegations being unfounded or unsubstantiated. LGBTQ parents of color are even more likely to lose custody of their children through the child welfare system. Even when families are not separated by the system, unnecessary investigation and surveillance of families by the system harms children by disrupting family dynamics and stability. Mandated reporters of possible child abuse and neglect are currently required to report families impacted by poverty. NCLR supports AB 2085, which would change the requirements for California mandated reporters of possible child neglect to reduce the number of families unnecessarily swept into the child welfare system simply based on poverty or bias.


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