TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Boys can’t use the girls bathroom anymore in any Florida schools, and vice versa.
On Wednesday, the Florida Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously to pass a new rule requiring private K-12 schools and colleges to accommodate HB 1521 – known as the Safety in Private Spaces Act. Last month, the Board passed similar rules requiring how public K-12 schools must accommodate the law.
Passed during the 2023 Legislative Session and signed into law in May, the legislation requires men and women to use the bathroom that aligns with their sex. It prohibits anyone from “willfully entering a restroom or changing facility designated for the opposite sex and refusing to depart when asked to do so.”
“Bathroom spaces are very intimate and private,” Board member Grazie P. Christie said. “There is historically and cross culturally accurate reasons why males and females use different spaces in those intimate moments, not just for girls and women, but also for boys and men.
“This is not something that as a culture we should ditch because of very, very new ideologies that are challenging the science of male and female, which doesn't change because biology doesn't change.”
The rule requires that college presidents must complete a form that affirms their school has complied with the new rule by April 1, 2024.
The state requires that faculty or staff members at public colleges and universities must be fired if they are caught breaking the law more than one time.
Florida has been one of several Republican-led states to install rules and legislation pushing back against the Left’s attempt to normalize gender fluidity and enable the delusions of gender-confused people.
In 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act – banning men from competing in women’s athletics in public K-12 schools and colleges or universities.
On several occasions, DeSantis has declared: “It is wrong for a teacher to tell a student that they may have been born in the wrong body, or that their gender is a choice.”