Will Larkins, a gay and nonbinary junior in Winter Park, Florida, has gone viral teaching their U.S. history class about the 1969 Stonewall uprising in spite of the state’s anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Larkins shared a video clip on Twitter writing, “LGBTQ American history is not taught in Floridas public schools, so I took it upon myself to explain the events of the Stonewall Uprising to my 4th period US history class. #SayGayAnyway.”
LGBTQ American history is not taught in Floridas public schools, so I took it upon myself to explain the events of the Stonewall Uprising to my 4th period US history class. #SayGayAnyway pic.twitter.com/A73TKPlWXF
— Will Larkins (@ProudTwinkie) April 3, 2022
The new law bars discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through grade 3 and requires “age-appropriate” discussion after that while not defining what that actually constitutes.
Larkins has been very vocal in speaking out against the homophobic legislation including penning an op-ed for the New York Times, organizing a huge school walkout, and testifying against the bill before the state Senate.
From Larkins’ NY Times op-ed:
“When I look back to elementary school, I wonder how different my childhood would have been had my classmates and I known that I wasn’t some tragic anomaly, a strange fluke that needed to be fixed.
“People in support of the bill always ask, ‘Why do these subjects need to be taught in schools?’ To them I would say that if we understand ourselves, and those around us understand us, so many lives will be saved.”
A lot of people in the comments are asking why i “had to wear a dress”
— Will Larkins (@ProudTwinkie) April 4, 2022