In yet another stinging loss in Florida’s culture wars, LGBTQ History Month will not be recognized in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
The Miami-Dade School Board, in a 5-3 vote, rejected a proposal to recognize October as LGBTQ History Month. The marathon meeting featured hours of public comment, with some calling the proposal “indoctrination” and ended in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.
In an editorial, the Miami Herald said the meeting had exposed the county’s “bigoted underbelly.”
“I’m not sure it is the exposure of an ‘underbelly’ since it has not been hidden for a while now,” Miami Beach Commissioner David Richardson wrote in a Facebook post. “What changed? During my first campaign and election in 2012 there was no LGBT hate mail, no protests, only widespread support from both sides of the political aisle. I keep saying this ‘phase’ of hateful rhetoric will pass, but the passing is taking way too long. VOTE!”
It was the second consecutive year the school board voted against recognizing and observing LGBTQ History Month in accordance with state and federal laws. Last year, the proposal was defeated by an 8-1 vote.
Adding insult to injury, members of the local chapter of the Proud Boys appeared outside the building with one man wearing a shirt that read, “Shoot Your Local Pedophile.”