Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has repeatedly spoken out against discrimination against the LGBT community, weighed in on Friday on a contentious Florida school law that allegedly targets LGBTQ students.
"As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am profoundly worried about the laws that are being adopted around the country, especially those that target our most vulnerable youngsters. I support them, as well as their families, loved ones, and allies "Apple's CEO sent out a message.
The Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibits many young pupils from discussing their sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom, was passed by Florida's Republican-controlled state legislature on March 8.
The bill will now be sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his approval, which advocates say will strengthen parental rights.
The bill specifies that "classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity by school authorities or third parties may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a fashion that is not age-appropriate or developmentally fit for kids in accordance with state standards,"
"I'm proud to be homosexual, and I consider being gay to be among the greatest things God has given me," Mr. Cook said in October 2014.
He stated that he decided to come out about his sexual orientation after hearing from children who had been bullied and abused and were contemplating suicide.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has joined the list of celebrities who oppose the bill, which has been dubbed the "don't mention gay" bill by detractors.
Republicans who backed the bill claimed it was designed to discourage inappropriate sex and gender identity talks among young pupils.
US President Joe Biden spoke out against the law, reiterating his administration's support for the LGBTQ community.
"I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community to know that they are loved and accepted just as they are, especially the children who will be affected by this horrible measure. My Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve, because I have your back "President Biden sent out a tweet.
US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona chastised Florida lawmakers for "prioritizing vile bills that harm some of the most vulnerable kids" in a statement.