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Hundreds of students hold ‘We Say Gay’ rally in New York City to denounce Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

NEW YORK – More than 600 students from across New York and Long Island gathered in Citi Field on Wednesday for a “We Say Gay” rally to protest the “Don’t Say Gay” Florida bill.

The measure prevents discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten until the third grade, or in a way that is not what the state deems appropriate for its age.

Critics say the clause is vague and opens the door to targeting students of all ages.

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The protest took place at the 26th Annual Rally & Youth Conference of the LGBT Network.

“The message we had with the rally, which was the biggest in the country, was that we are not going to be silent,” said David Kilmnic, CEO of LGBT Network. “They are not going to put us in the closet. We are not going to let young LGTBs suffer because they can not be out in their schools and in their communities.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is leaning toward signing the bill, and the potential consequences are on the minds of many students who gathered for a day of networking and empowerment.

“It’s crazy that they actually made a law that says you can’t say ‘gay’ at school, which is crazy,” said James Talbot, a sophomore at Sayville High School.

Attendees said they were rallying around LGBTQ youth and declaring – loudly and proudly – that “We say gay”.

Chelsea franklin / senior, landmark HS

“It makes me feel that there are still things that need to change about government and just America in general and acceptance in general,” said Chelsea Franklin, a senior at Landmark High School. “It’s really crazy for people to tell you what not to say, especially when it has such an impact on the whole community.”

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