April 24th, 2011 13:25 EST
Homophobic "Don't Say Gay" Education Bill May Become Law In Tennessee
"A Tennessee state Senate committee approved a bill to ban teachers from discussing homosexuality with students who have not yet entered the ninth grade.
The measure, dubbed the `don`t say gay` bill by sponsor Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee despite an argument from Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, who said current law already prohibits the teaching of any sex education not covered by the state Board of Education`s "family life curriculum," the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Friday."
There is no need for this bill current school policy already prohibits teachers from covering any subject not covered by the State Board of Education`s "Family Life Curriculum."
This bill is a blatant attempt to stigmatize gays and lesbians, it implies that homosexuals are so deviant that even the word "gay" shouldn`t be uttered in polite society.
Homosexual and straight but effeminate school children are bullied, sometimes to the point where they commit suicide. This homophobic legislation is just going to add fuel to the fire, it will make gay students feel that they are unwanted and unloved.
Students and parents should protest this hateful bill, by shouting "It`s OK to be Gay" at the next State Board of Education meeting.
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