Tennessee House Subcommittee Advances ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
February 16, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Associate Director of Digital Media
Despite opposition from many fair-minded Tennesseeans, the state House Education subcommittee has advanced the archaic “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The bill bans teachers from discussing homosexuality in grades K-8, and specifies classroom instruction must only cover “natural human reproduction science.”
The full committee could vote on the bill as early as next week.
Dozens of students turned out to the hearing to protest the measure, forcing the relocation of the hearing to a larger room, according to The Tennessean.
“To me, they’re sending a message that in society gay people aren’t really equal,” high school student Thomas Kibby told the newspaper. “This law would be kind of moving backwards.”
HRC is joining with the Tennessee Equality Project in calling on all fair-minded folks to speak out now against this concerning trend. TEP has created a petition calling on the Legislature to stop its anti-LGBT actions once and for all. Sign it now to add your voice.
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