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Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay

Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay

Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

Tennessee’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay‘ bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year. But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.

The bill, SB 234, still bars Tennessee teachers from discussing any facet of “non-heterosexual” sexuality with children in grades K-8. But the newest iteration also includes a provision requiring teachers or counselors to inform the parents of some students who identify themselves as LGBT. State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), who authored the bill the first time around and again introduced it this time, calls out students who might be “at risk,” but leaves the interpretation of that behavior to the teacher:

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 [...]

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 well-being 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

Family rejection is a serious risk for LGBT youth. Kids who are LGBT often face alienation, if not outright abandonment, because they come out. Forty percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and many of them report that the reason they left home was to escape an environment hostile to their sexual orientation. LGBT youth who experience family rejection are at high risk for depression and suicide.

Take Action: Tell Tennessee to get rid of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill once and for all.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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2:20PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Paul, PS, how is your first love, Benji?
You also forgot to mention "buggery" this time. Don't forget that ploy.

2:18PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Oh, I see Paul has switched to a different blog with his "where will it end, marrying our dogs or our sisters?" bullshit. I guess he didn't pollute previous sites enough with the same bogus arguments. Been there, discussed that. Unless you have something new to present please stop boring us with more of the same. Paul, if you noticed on another topic, when anti SSM protestors were asked how SSM would affect their marriages, they admitted it wouldn't and one actually said it strengthened his. OMG, imagine SSM improved his own. The humanity!

2:13PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

By the way, Paul, your grasp of history is seriously off. Homosexuality never destroyed any civilization. Same-sex marriage existed for thousands of years in North America, and it never destroyed the native civilizations. European Christian invaders did that.

2:10PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Paul C., you are seriously paranoid, not to mention ill-informed. No church is required to perform weddings... ANY weddings. Churches are perfectly free to refuse to marry any couple for any reason. That will not change. If you really think allowing same-sex couples to marry is going to lead to incestuous marriages, I wonder if you could demonstrate that there is any demand for such marriages: Is there some long line of siblings waiting to marry? Or some incest lobby the rest of us don't know about? Paul, get a grip on reality or your own paranoia will destroy you.

1:18PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

The pro SSM lobby claim that "love" is all that matters, well, in that case, where will it end, because in future, how can someone who wants to marry their own brother, sister, mother or father be denied? On what grounds can anyone object to incest if both people involved claim that they "love" each other? I love my dog, so why can't I marry it?
The point I and millions of others are making is this; WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING TO? If you look back into history you will discover that all the GREAT civilizations were destroyed by homosexuality and the breakdown in society and it looks like the Western world is on that road of SELF DESTRUCTION
This view isn't driven by homophobia or discrimination as LGBT claim; it is driven by all those who say enough is enough. LGBT are guilty of racial discrimination when they accuse anyone who disagrees with them of homophobia. The Gay Labour MP, Mr. Bryant always challenges anyone who objects to the SSM bill, with the question and I quote "would you have voted for the abolition of slavery".....I consider his comparison of slavery with SSM as a racial insult, because what he is really saying is that he believes being black and being homosexual are the same (if you believe in evolution, being black is more normal than being white) ....slavery was a crime against humanity, whereas the SSM bill, if approved, will be a crime inflicted on humanity.

1:17PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Ten years ago Civil Partnerships was all that LGBT claimed they wanted, but as I and millions of others suspected, it was just one more step towards the redefining of marriage and, it will eventually lead to our grandchildren being taught that homosexuality is as normal as heterosexuality. LGBT are determined to force all Churches to conduct SSM and will take any religious group to the European courts, where I suspect they will win their case and all the so-called safeguards will be rendered useless.
The pro SSM lobby claim that "love" is all that matters, well, in that case, where will it end, because in future, how can someone who wants to marry their own brother, sister, mother or father be denied? On what grounds can anyone object to incest if both people involved claim that they "love" each other? I love my dog, so why can't I marry it?
The point I and millions of others are making is this; WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING TO? If you look back into history you will discover that all the GREAT civilizations were destroyed by homosexuality and the breakdown in society and it looks like the Western world is on that road of SELF DESTRUCTION
This view isn't driven by homophobia or discrimination as LGBT claim; it is driven by all those who say enough is enough. LGBT are guilty of racial discrimination when they accuse anyone who disagrees with them of homophobia. The Gay Labour MP, Mr. Bryant always challenges anyone who objects to the SSM bill, with the question and I quote "wou

5:16AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Having teachers out students to their parents? What is next, are they going to inform the parents that their kid masturbates?

Can you imagine if in the past teachers called up parents to tell them that their teen was in an inter-racial relationship?

I can't believe such a ridiculous bill was written let alone being considered.

5:39AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Christopher, what it says in Timothy is true. Unfortunately, many parents are blinded by fear, ignorance and even hatred. An alarming number of parents, upon finding out that one of their children is gay, resort to violence, spiritual abuse, and more often than not, throw their children out of the home. In many parts of the country, such kids have no place to go and end up on the streets. Thankfully, some cities have help. Detroit has the Ruth Ellis Center, a place where those throw-away kids can find help and a home.
Nobody should tell a parent their child is gay other than the child him/herself, when he/she is ready. It's nobody else's business.

7:37PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

In Timothy it says if you don't care for your family you are worse than a sinner

8:27PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Yeah out kids to their parents, thats going to solve the problem.

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