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Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill author: 'to be gay is like injecting heroin'

Stacey Campfield, Tennesse Republican state senator, and author of 'Dont' Say Gay' bill compared homosexuality to injecting heroin
Stacey Campfield, Tennesse Republican state senator, and author of 'Dont' Say Gay' bill compared homosexuality to injecting heroine

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield (Republican), who is responsible for the homophobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, compared being gay to using heroin.

The author of the Tennesse bill which prohibits teachers from discussing homosexuality and compels them to out gay students, has also ‘explained’ that the AIDS epidemic in Africa was due to sodomy being more common there among heterosexuals.

During an interview with TMZ TV he responded:

TMZ: ‘If they’re going to engage in homosexual acts anyway, why not teach them how to protect themselves from [HIV]?’

Campfield: ‘You know, you could say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up.

‘No, we don’t. Why do we have to hypersexualize little children? Why can’t we just let little kids be little kids for a while? Why do we have to have little kids be…?’

TMZ: ‘Do you believe in sex education period?’

Campfield: ‘…If you can show me where it works, great’.

Many US studies point out that sex education works when a comprehensive safe sex curriculum is taught.

States like Mississippi, which only teach abstinence, has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the US.

Previously, Campfield said that homosexuality is ‘dangerous’ because AIDS ‘came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall’.

He also stated that being gay is a ‘learned behavior’ comparable to bestiality.

Defending his bill, which now aims to force teachers, school nurses and counselors to ‘out’ gay students, Campfield has described any teacher who might mention the existence of gay people as ‘radical,’ because they ought to ‘spend more time on arithmetic’.

The bill has been stalled in the Tennessee state legislature since March 2012 but has been resurrected in the current session. 

Watch the interview here:

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