A new public school in Broward County is honoring its namesake, a former state senator, after a student and his family said the name honors a “long history of support for LGBTQ rights.”
The name is an acronym for LGBTQ Allies for Equality, the group that represents gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
The school, the school board said in a statement Wednesday.
It was created by the family of Florida Public Utility Commissioner William “Bill” Lee, who was the only openly gay state legislator in the nation.
Lee, a Democrat who served for five years before becoming governor, is credited with a “groundbreaking” move in 2010 to give Florida students the option to use the gender-neutral name.
In 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the State Board of Education’s directive to “enhance the ability of students to use preferred names and pronouns.”