Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is back and now requires teachers to out students

A Tennessee bill that would ban teachers from discussing sexuality has been resurrected and now would require outing students

Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is back and now requires teachers to out students
30 January 2013

A bill nicknamed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ that aims to prohibit teachers from discussing any sexuality except heterosexuality until students have completed grade eight has been resurrected in Tennessee.

The bill proposed by Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield, entitled officially ‘Classroom Protection Act’, prohibits elementary and middle school teachers from discussing sexual activity that is not related to ‘natural human reproduction’. It even bans the acknowledgment that homosexuality exists.

A new provision in the bill would require teachers to out students to their parents if they might be or are LGBT.

The bill stipulates that school counsellors, nurses, principals and assistant principals can talk to students about human sexuality if a student is ‘engaging in, or may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person’.

The measure also provides that ‘Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention’.

According to the site ThinkProgress, the ambiguous wording could empower school authorities to determine when and where to out the child’s sexuality to their parents.

ThinkProgress also warned that family rejection of a child’s sexuality is a major cause of depression, suicide attempts and homelessness among LGBT youth.

It cited a study by the Williams Institute that found that up to 40% of homeless teens identify as LGBT.

The legislation’s ambiguous wording also appears to endorse so-called conversion therapy.

It mentions ‘counselling’ for ‘injurious’ ‘behavior’.

This could be interpreted as supporting gay ‘cure’ therapy which attempts to turn people straight – even thought such ‘therapy’ is discredited and harmful.

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



No thumbnail available

Paul O'Grady, Joanna Lumley become patrons of gay and human rights foundation

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation
No thumbnail available

Trial for Florida A & M University hazing death to start next week

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter
No thumbnail available

Moldova repeals ‘gay propaganda’ ban

The former Eastern Bloc country of Moldova has decided to repeal its ban on the so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in the hopes of building greater ties with the European Union
No thumbnail available

Catholics to be told oppose gay marriage in church masses

Leader of Catholic church in England and Wales urges congregations to protect the true meaning of marriage
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Oregon teens charged after attack on boy who called their friend gay on Facebook

A group of teenagers in Portland, Oregon who allegedly trapped and tortured another teen they felt was bullying their friend by calling him gay on Facebook will be tried as adults
No thumbnail available

Neil Patrick Harris narrates audiobook of And Tango Makes Three

The children's book about gay penguins celebrates ten years of publication with a special anniversary edition and audio release
No thumbnail available

‘We hate fags’ printed on Puerto Rico ATM receipt

The homophobic message printed on an ATM receipt has sparked local concern and international outrage
No thumbnail available

Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo always had his eye on something outside of football

Brendon Ayanbadejo's past shows why the NFL linebacker is a same sex marriage supporter
No thumbnail available

Gay Republicans attack Obamacare ad aimed at signing up LGBTIs

The Log Cabin Republicans have hit out against a video by the Out2Enroll campaign aimed at recruiting LGBTIs to sign up for Obamacare, claiming it stereotypes gay men