More than half of LGBTQ+ parents in Florida are considering moving their families to another state over concerns that a new Florida education law – known to its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay law” – stigmatizes LGBTQ+ identities and creates a hostile learning environment for LGBTQ+ children or students with LGBTQ+ family members.

In a report issued by the Williams Institute, a public policy research institute based at the UCLA of Law, and Clark University in Massachusetts, 56 percent of LGBTQ+ parents surveyed said they were considering leaving Florida over concerns about how the new law may impact their children and family. Another 17 percent said they had already taken steps to do so.

The new law officially titled the “Parental Rights in Education” law, bars public kindergarten through third-grade teachers from engaging in classroom instruction related to sexual orientation and gender identity – subjects the measure’s proponents in the state legislature last year argued are inappropriate for young students.