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Akron City Council passes resolution condemning Ohio's "Don't Say Gay" bill

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Akron City Council
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Akron City Council has passed a resolution condemning a bill making its way through the Ohio legislature which is similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Councilman Shammas Malik introduced the resolution opposing House bill 616 which would ban the teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to students in kindergarten through third grade.

He says it’s important that these conversations continue in classrooms.

Councilman Shammas Malik
on his opposition to HB 616

“Saying that…these are concepts that can be dealt with at home. What it really means is we’re discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation, because of their gender identity, that we’re going to teach an incomplete picture, an inaccurate picture.”

Malik calls the bill an attempt to score political points that has nothing to do with the way students are taught these topics.

He encourages residents opposed to HB 616 to reach out to their representatives at the statehouse.