Some of the top companies in the country that show public support for the LGBTQ community have donated thousands of dollars to the politicians behind a piece of Florida legislation opponents deemed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, according to The Washington Blade.
The bill, which has versions in both the Florida House and Senate, would ban classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity that are not "age-appropriate" in schoolsalthough it is not clear what is considered "age-appropriate."
According to The New Civil Rights Movement, the bill could be voted on in the full Florida House as early as Tuesday, Feb. 22. A companion bill in the Senate is also being fast-tracked. GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled he supports the legislation.
A recent investigation from Popular Information, a political Substack newsletter run by veteran progressive journalist and political staffer Judd Legum, found some of the nation's top companiessuch as Comcast/NBC Universal, UnitedHealth Group, Anheuser-Busch, Duke Energy, AT&T and Walgreenshave donated to the politicians behind the "Don't Say Gay" bill.
For example, Comcast/NBC Universal donated $1,000 to state Sen. Dennis Baxley, the main sponsor behind the bill in the Senate. UnitedHealth Group has donated at least $200,000 to DeSantis since 2020.
The full Blade article is at www.washingtonblade.com/2022/02/19/top-lgbtq-supporting-companies-bankroll-dont-say-gay-bill/ .