TN’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Headed for House Hearing
February 3, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager
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.”
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.