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“This is Going to Hurt People”


On today’s episode of The View, United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, and guest host Leann Rimes to discuss Florida’s recent controversial “Parental Rights in Education” bill. More widely known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the piece of legislation was a personal matter to Buttigieg, who is openly gay, and the politician expressed his concern for the effect that this kind of law could have on the nation.

“I think every law ought to be judged for the effect it’s going to have on real people in real life,” Buttigieg said when asked about the new Florida law. “This is going to hurt people.”

He added that he has spoken about this at length with his husband, Chasten, who is a schoolteacher himself. Both worry about how this legislation and others like it could affect children who are part of LGBTQ families, like their own twins, as they grow up potentially without the right to talk about their own parents, siblings, and other loved ones, and other kids who would be denied exposure to the existence same sex relationships through school’s being able to legally censor and police anything that may depict such unions.

Shortly thereafter, Navarro asked Buttigieg if he had a message to give to any LGBTQ students who may be feeling marginalized, attacked, or targeted by this new bill. Immediately, he responded with the assurance “you’re not alone.”

“There might be bullies in your school, you don’t need bullies in the State House added to that. And so the biggest thing I want these kids to know is not only are you not alone, you’ve got a lot of people who have your back. Including people like me, and Chasten, including millions of people across America.”

The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.

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