By Eric Daugherty
April 1, 2022 Updated 11:27 A.M. ET
OSCEOLA COUNTY (FCV) – 1st grade teacher Rebecca Ori, a teacher at East Lake Elementary School in Osceola County, posted a TikTok where she showed distraught for not being able to discuss her “transfem[inine]” spouse with 1st graders under the new Parental Rights in Education law, H.B. 1557.
“This new bill has really been weighing on me a lot,” she said. “I teach 1st grade, which means my classroom is one of the ones that will be directly affected.”
She went on, beginning to cry about not being able to teach her kids about her “transfem” spouse.
“Do I pretend I’m single? Do I invalidate my spouse’s stance as a transfem person? Or do I put my job on my life to introduce myself? What am I supposed to do? I don’t know,” she said.
“Do I lie and not talk about my marriage?”
‘Transfem’ is short for transfeminine, which, according to Healthline.com, is an “umbrella term” used to refer to “people who were assigned male at birth but identify with femininity.”
H.B. 1557 would make it illegal for teachers to run class discussion that includes teaching sexual orientation and gender identity for grades K-3 – as young as 5 years old.
The teacher’s TikTok is not the first of its kind – other teachers in Florida are posting sob stories to the popular social media platform voicing their outrage over the anti-grooming legislation in Florida.
One teacher said he is scared “to death” that he cannot discuss his love life with his students. Another said she would lose her job before providing parents with vital information to the student’s emotional well-being.
The Walt Disney Company is also weighing in on the novel Florida law going after sexual indoctrination for young children, saying that they vow to get the law “repealed.”
Governor Ron DeSantis and Republicans are going to political war with Disney, potentially stripping the company’s ability to be a self-governing entity as its own effective county government in the Walt Disney World area.
“With this sheriff in town, you do not run the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at a campaign stop.
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