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Tennessee’s whimsically nicknamed “Don’t Say Gay” bill is back with a vengeance.
The legislation first made the rounds years ago, proposing that schools be prohibited from discussing homosexuality in sex ed classes. Now, a new version of the bill has been reintroduced with even stronger provisions barring discussion of LGBT-related topics at school:
After dying in the House two years ago, the bill, now called the Classroom Protection Act, is back with additions
such as “certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home,” and “at grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.” That will likely bar any teacher from even suggesting homosexuality exists.
The bill also now states that when a student approaches a teacher or counselor and confides in them that they may be gay, it is the teacher or counselor’s responsibility to tell the student’s parents.
Can we let that sink in for a second? An LGBT student who approaches a teacher or counselor to talk—perhaps because they feel unsafe or unsupported coming out to family or friends—now might be legally penalized and even endangered by their school system for doing so. I’m disgusted.
This is appalling.
In memory of 15-year-old Jadin Bell, a gay teenager from Oregon who has been taken off life support after a suicide attempt. Thinking of you, darling, and of your family, and of the others we couldn’t help in time. I’m so sorry. (via The Advocate)
If you or someone you know needs help, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386, 24 hours a day. You are never alone.
I just want to give her a hug. It enrages me that people think she made it up, most likely due to the recent reports of college students making false hate crime claims.