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Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s working on a federal “Don’t Say Gay” bill

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) laughs when asked if she feels any responsibility for the deaths caused by her vaccine misinformation.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) laughs when asked if she feels any responsibility for the deaths caused by her vaccine misinformation.Photo: Screenshot

Just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed his state’s Don’t Say Gay bill – and as 14 other states consider similar legislation – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said she’s working on a federal bill to ban discussions of LGBTQ people in schools.

“Are you going to write a bill, are you going to introduce a bill because you’ve got the power to do it?” Alex Jones asked Greene on her recent appearance on Infowars. “We would all get behind a bill to pull federal funding out of any school that sexualizes children.”

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“Absolutely 100%,” Greene responded. “I will meet with my team right after this interview and we will work on it, Alex, because I will do anything I can to protect kids.”

“I only want allies,” she continued. “If someone doesn’t like me or my legislation, who cares?”

The Don’t Say Gay bill bans discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools and regulates what teachers can say about LGBTQ people in other grade levels. Supporters of the bill have said that anyone who opposes the bill is a pedophile, arguing that telling young students that some kids have two moms or two dads is “grooming” children.

(“Grooming” is a set of manipulative behaviors sexual predators use to gain access to potential victims, to coerce them to agree to the abuse, and to reduce the risk of getting caught, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. The process usually involves training the victims to keep secrets from adults they trust and desensitizing them to sexual discussions and touching.)

Greene got her start in political activism by protesting drag queens at libraries. Despite the eclectic issues she campaigned on, she has remained true to her anti-LGBTQ roots during her term in Congress, trying to shut down Congress because it was considering a bill to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination and displaying an anti-transgender sign outside here office.

Several weeks ago, she told Jones, “My husband would’ve beat [a transgender camp counselor] into the ground, and then he’d be in jail…. This is exactly how we need to stand up against this stuff.”

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