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don’t say “gay.”

In Gay rights on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 05:58

as a school employee who works with kids who, because they are not heterosexual, are kicked out of their houses, beaten, taken to “get the devil forced out of them,” etc., i find this shocking. when gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, questioning, etc. kids and adolescents have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, why would anyone out someone if they don’t want to be??? should these teachers also tell the parents if two heterosexual kids are having sex??? i guess it’s just “damaging” when it’s not heterosexual or as the bill puts it “any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.”  

this is so wrong for so many reasons…

Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Is Back, Now Requires Teachers To Tell Parents If a Child Is Gay

By: Meredith Bennet-Smith

A controversial Tennessee bill that would stop teachers from discussing sexuality with their students has been resurrected in the state legislature, and the 2013 version includes a troubling new provision.

Nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield’s measure would “prohibit teachers from discussing of any sexuality except heterosexuality in grades K-8.”

An amendment to the re-filed bill reads, in part:

“At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.”

The proposed legislation, officially titled the “Classroom Protection Act,” was not put to a final vote at the end of last year’s General Assembly, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel, but one of its sponsors warned it would be re-filed if “alternative lifestyles” were being promoted in the state school system.

The bill’s backers are apparently still dissatisfied with the curricula in some schools, and the measure is slated to be discussed in the Tennessee General Assembly’s Education Subcommittee on Wednesday, according to the Nashville Scene.

This new incarnation of the bill retains its proposed ban on LGBT discussions in the classroom and has also added a provision that could be interpreted as forcing school authorities to inform parents if their child is gay.

School counselors, 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,” according to the bill. However, the measure provides that “Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention.”

This wording leaves a lot of leeway for teachers and authorities to determine when and if a situation requires telling parents about their child’s sexuality, notes ThinkProgress. The site goes on to comment that being rejected by family members is a major cause of homelessness among LGBT youth. According to a study conducted in part by the Williams Institute, up to 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT.

Meanwhile, a similar bill in Missouri was buried after causing a huge controversy last year. Steve Cookson, the Missouri legislator who sponsored the bill, is now chairman of the Missouri House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, according to the Kansas City Star.

Read the new amendment to the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” here.

Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/tennessee-dont-say-gay-bill_n_2582390.html?ir=gay-voices&utm_campaign=013013&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-gay-voices&utm_content=Photo

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SENATE BILL 234
By Campfield
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49,
Chapter 6, Part 10, relative to the Classroom
Protection Act.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Classroom Protection
Act”.
SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10, is amended by
adding the following as a new, appropriately designated section:
49-6-1032.
(a) The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are
particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the
home. Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical
implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best
understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and
implications.
(b) At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom
instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are
inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate
for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.
(c) LEA policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall
not prohibit:
(1) Any instructor from answering in good faith any question or
series of questions, germane and material to the course, asked of the
instructor and initiated by a student or students enrolled in the course; SB0234
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(2) A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from
counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of
engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and wellbeing of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible
such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents
or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive
such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such
counseling has occurred; or
(3) Any school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal
from responding appropriately to a student whose circumstances present
immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality. Parents
or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as
practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention; provided, notice
shall not be given to any parent or legal guardian if there is reasonable
cause to believe that the parent or legal guardian may be the perpetrator
or in any way responsible for sexual abuse of the student.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require instruction relative
to natural reproduction in grades pre-K though 8.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013, the public welfare requiring it.

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Homophobia

By Davor Nicolas Babic

Your best friend told you he was gay
You’re narrow minded, said no way!
He’s still the same, but you turned the friendship into hate
You reject him, just because he’s not straight

Two girls together is alright
Two men in love means a fight
It is affection between two individuals
Stop the hate against homosexuals

What are you afraid of?

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