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TN’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Headed for House Hearing

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Tennessee state legislature is proving relentless in its efforts to create a toxic anti-LGBT atmosphere in the Volunteer State, and HRC is joining with the Tennessee Equality Project in calling on all fair-minded folks to speak out now against this concerning trend.

This time, it’s the archaic “Don’t Say Gay” bill that’s again front and center. The bill, passed through the state Senate last year, is up for a House Education Subcommittee vote next Wednesday. The bill bans teachers from discussing homosexuality in grades K-8, and specifies classroom instruction must only cover “natural human reproduction science.”

The Tennessee Equality Project has created a petition calling on the legislature to stop their toxic anti-LGBT actions once and for all. Sign it now to add your voice.

Equality supporters across the state are already speaking out to show their disgust at their legislature’s actions. Just last week, the owner of a bistro in Knoxville asked State Senator Stacey Campfield – architect of the Senate version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill – to leave. Watch her explain why:

And Dennis Shephard, Matthew Shephard’s father, also testified against the legislation. Watch his testimony:

Learn more about other anti-LGBT initiatives winding their way through the Tennessee state legislature.

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