George Takei Takes on Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill (VIDEO)

Out actor, entertainer and LGBT rights campaigner George Takei has released a YouTube video on Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, legislation awaiting a floor vote in the state senate that would outlaw mention of sexuality other than heterosexual marriage in K-8 schools. Takei has an alternative solution to this problem. Don’t say gay, say Takei!

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Senate Bill 49 and counterpart measure House Bill 229 sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield and Representative Bill Dunn respectively, both Republicans from Knoxville, prohibits “the teaching of or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8.” The bill passed a recent senate committee vote by 6-3.

The legislation has caused a great deal of controversy, with critics saying the bill is anti-gay and may hamper efforts to combat anti-LGBT bullying. Campfield once likened homosexuality to bestiality, something critics say shows the anti-gay animus behind the bill.

Sen. Campfield, who as a Representative tried unsuccessfully to pass the bill in the House for the previous 6 years, has denied the legislation is anti-gay, saying it is designed to stop people pushing their various “agendas” in schools and that it is necessary so that “families [can] handle that issue.”

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill was due for a floor vote some weeks ago in the Senate, however a public outcry over the bill may have slowed down proceedings. That said, the bill is expected to come up for a vote any day now.

Tennessee State Representative Bill Dunn has gone on record saying that he will hold off until 2012 to push the legislation, however, it is hoped that with momentum on the bill having stalled, legislators may choose to abandon it altogether.


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Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg5 years ago

It's OK to be Takei! What a great man! As for the Tenn. folks, I would not pass this bill unless you are ready for a great many teens in your state to become despondent because what they ARE is not deemed to be worthy to mention. What a mistake that would be!

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Nice one George!
Long live gays! The world would be terribly boring otherwise...

James Berryhill
James Berryhill6 years ago

Takei rocks...

Adam G.
Adam G6 years ago

floyd h: you're right! homophobes & xian fundies should NEVER be allowed near children. thank you for supporting Mr. Takei.

Bart V.
Bart V.6 years ago

It is hard to believe that well into the 21st century; so many states are heading backwards. It was breathtaking to read of a young student in Louisiana taking their Board of Education to task in order to re-introduce the teaching of evolution into schools. In terms of educated citizens & scientific progress; other countries are leaving America in the say nothing of civil & human; rights.

Linda E.
Linda E6 years ago

The anti-Takei Tennessee legislators are not only foolish but seriously dangerous. So many kids who are Takei will hear of this law and just hate themselves for being real but what they are led to believe is abnormal. Hate and fear never solved any problem. George Takei for President!

Ira Herson
Ira Herson6 years ago

He boldly gos where no Takei has gone before!

Samer R.
Samer R6 years ago

I'm with Tracy on this one. George Takei is awesome!

Lilithe Magdalene

I made my comment before I watched th video - oh GODDESS that's funny! I love that man. "That's SOOOOO Takei!" LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

Lilithe Magdalene

Oh, oh... I'm gonna say it... oh! oh! GAY!!! Oh there, I said it! Go George!