Florida- Court rules in favor of school district. Senior Judge Richard Oftedal of the 15th judicial Circuit Court in Florida dismissed a lawsuit brought by a parent against the Palm Beach County school district for teaching “homosexuality” and “gay pride.” The lawsuit argued that the father’s parental rights were violated when two LGBTQ+ pride flags were displayed in his son's classroom.
Iowa- Youth plan statewide protest. Students plan to stage a walkout from classes across 14 different school districts on Wednesday, March 1st, to protest legislation that they say would harm LGBTQ+ people in the state. The threatening legislation includes a bill that would require schools to out transgender students to their parents, as well as a bill that would ban the teaching of LGBTQ+ topics to students before the 7th grade.
Louisiana- Librarians fear extremist backlash. Extremist groups have been challenging libraries on their LGBTQ+-related content, targeting individual librarians for online harassment and trying to ban children from books that they view as sexually explicit. This includes books dealing with the experience of being queer and adolescent sexual development.
Maryland- Proud Boys attack queer event. On February 18th, police intervened after extremist group Proud Boys unsuccessfully attempted to disrupt a drag queen story hour hosted by Loyalty Bookstore in Silver Spring. The Proud Boys were blocked from the event by the Parasol Patrol, a group of LGBTQ+ people and allies that helps protect drag story hours from being disrupted by extremists.
Mississippi- State enacts gender-affirming care ban for minors. On Feb. 28th, Governor Tate Reeves signed into law and effective immediately, the bill banning hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery for anyone under 18 years old.
Missouri- LGBTQ+ friendly Christian school closes. The Urban Christian Academy is closing after operating for nearly a decade due to a lack of funding. The school always featured inclusivity in its mission, and it lost donors after adding language supportive of LGBTQ+ people to its mission statement, resulting in an 80% loss in funding for the school.
Oregon- Anti-LGBTQ+ administration unchallenged in school district. A public records request has shown that the Cook County schools Superintendent had repeatedly engaged with anti-LGBTQ+ activists focused on removing queer themed books from schools, agreeing with, and implementing their suggestions sent via email. In one email exchange, the superintendent called an LGBTQ+ themed book singled out by the activists a “disgusting book that has no place in schools.”
Pennsylvania- Historically, Rep. Joanna McClinton becomes first female and second black person elected Speaker of the House. Outgoing House Speaker Mark Rozzi (D) announced that he would step down to make way for McClinton, calling her one of “the most intelligent and compassionate women I have met in politics.”
Tennessee- Governor will sign anti-drag bill. Governor Bill Lee has indicated that he will sign legislation to ban drag shows in the presence of minors, or what the bill calls “adult-oriented entertainment.” At the same time, Governor Lee is under fire for an old yearbook photo of him dressed as a woman, with critics making comparisons between the Governor’s photo and the drag events he is targeting.