Louisiana is on the brink of implementing a controversial measure reminiscent of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, as the state’s Senate voted 28-7 in favor of House Bill 122. The bill, which previously passed the House with a 69-28 vote, is expected to become law after garnering support from all Republicans and two Democratic votes. House Bill 122, proposed by Republican Representative Dodie Horton, mirrors Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, commonly known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. If enacted, it would prohibit discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity between educators and students across all grades. Additionally, the legislation extends its reach beyond the classroom, encompassing extracurricular activities and social clubs. Horton, advocating for the bill, emphasized its role in protecting children from discussions deemed inappropriate by parents. However, Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis raised concerns about the potential negative impacts on LGBTQ+ youth, particularly those already facing mental health challenges. He proposed an amendment to limit the bill’s scope to grades K-8 and allow discussions on sexual orientation in certain contexts. Despite his efforts, the amendment failed to pass. The fate of the legislation now rests with Governor Jeff Landry, a Republican, who is expected to sign the measure into law.