Tennessee legislator files 'Don't Say Gay' measure

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January 31, 2013

Tennessee

By Tyler King

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: State Senator Stacey Campfield filed a bill that would discourage talking about homosexuality in schools. Elementary and middle school teachers would be prohibited from bringing up homosexuality and guidance counselors would be required to report to parents some conversations about their child’s sexuality. The bill makes an exception for cases involving sexual abuse by a parent or legal guardian.[1]

Campfield's bill also adds a requirement that counselors inform the parents or guardians of the student if they determine that issues related to the child’s sexuality “present immediate and urgent safety issues.” The bill does not define what those issues are, but Campfield said almost any sexual act would qualify. Campfield said, "Being gay is not a dangerous activity." He continued, "The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone’s health and safety."[1]

A similar measure, branded the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, failed to pass in the state legislature last spring. Chris Sanders, chairman and president of the Tennessee Equality Project, called Campfield's bill is "kind of like ‘Don’t Say Gay’ on steroids."[1]

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