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Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill is Back, and Now Requires Schools to Out Gay Kids to Their Parents

Think Progress reports that SB234, Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill is back ,and more harmful than ever. It also contains language indicating that teachers or counselors would be required to out LGBT students to their parents.

DsgHere's the language:

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

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  1. The language in the bill could have been written by the Prime Minister of Singapore.

    Anyway, "outing" teenagers to their parents before the teen is ready is dangerous. It could result in homelessness or unwanted psychological torture(treatments) for the Gay teen.

    ...well, you all knew that.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 30, 2013 1:00:53 PM


  2. I hate to say it but these Tennessee "hicks" masquerading as politicians looking out for the good of their constituents are full of backwoods bulls**t. They just ain't got no larnin' when it comes to the subject of, well, any damn thing to do with the acronym GLBT. They're a throwback to "thinkers" during the infamous 1925 Scopes "monkey trial" which also was a Tennessee event. It would appear these pols speak for their constituents because those are the very folks who put 'em there. This state is a real disappointment here in the 21st century. I guess the South truly shall never rise again.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 30, 2013 1:01:45 PM


  3. I'm sick of these "it should be taught at home" excuses. Guess what? It's not being taught at home. Bigotry and prejudice are being taught at home.

    What a load of nonsense.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 30, 2013 1:09:45 PM


  4. Great, so now there's nowhere and nobody safe for a gay teen to go in Tenn. to confide in.

    Watch the Tenn. suicide rate go up now, folks.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 30, 2013 1:13:35 PM


  5. This is indeed dangerous. It promotes silence and secrecy, which is never a good thing when you are dealing with young people who, at that stage of their lives, really need adults in whom they can confide. Way to go, Tennessee. You should be ashamed of your pernicious ignorance.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 30, 2013 1:16:29 PM


  6. Amaricaan Talliban.

    Too bad you can't find legislators guilty of attempted murder, because this bill represents just that.

    Protest AT THEIR HOMES and AT THE LEGISLATURE. They need to realize this sort of hate speech masquerading as pro-family crap is just that, hate speech and has repercussions.

    Maybe the Southern Poverty Law Center can find the Tennessee Legislature to be a Hate Group.

    That'd be a kick in the crotch.

    Posted by: SoSeriouslyY | Jan 30, 2013 1:17:09 PM


  7. remember Campbell (who introduced this, i believe) and his justifications?

    Apparently, "don't say gay" is a good thing because...uh... it means you can't say anything, good or bad. so, we should be happy that teachers aren't correcting bigotries overheard, or educating their students about diversity and reality, because....well... they'd also be allowed to promote hate. or something. which they're doing anyway with this shameful silencing of truth.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 30, 2013 1:22:20 PM


  8. That is what happens when siblings have sex together. You end up with a Tennessee legislator. I know it is a little late, but some of these people need to be aborted.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 30, 2013 1:26:18 PM


  9. Bizzaro World.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 30, 2013 1:32:33 PM


  10. And what would the school officials do with parents who say,

    "if my child is Gay then that's what she is. You stop harassing my child in a place where he ought to be safe-- the school building. Leave him alone."

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 30, 2013 1:38:52 PM


  11. They've taken a cue from the Ugandan lawmakers, I see. Because just like the haters in Uganda, these people want the gays dead. Whether it's by suicide, gay bashing or freezing to death on the streets.

    I just don't get how one country can be so diverse in its approach to civil rights.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Jan 30, 2013 1:39:16 PM


  12. Well, shoot, thee aren't enough gay kids living on the street already. We want to see them ALL diving for scraps of food in dumpsters. Give 'em a good strong dose of Christian love! That'll learn 'em!

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 30, 2013 1:43:50 PM


  13. I won't knock the state of Tennessee but I will say that, the fact this war against the gay community has now turned to LGBTQ children, and shaming, closeting and denigrating children and teens who are gay, is about as appalling as it gets. It really goes to show just how far the hatred against us goes, that these social conservative types, these anti-gay bigots, will stop at absolutely nothing to destroy our community. It is embarrassing and it is tragic.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 30, 2013 1:48:07 PM


  14. I'm truly ashamed to say I was born and raised in Tennessee. But they're are religious bigots.

    Posted by: macmantoo | Jan 30, 2013 2:00:32 PM


  15. Can we just build a giant dome around Tennessee already?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 30, 2013 2:07:27 PM


  16. Will there also be counseling sessions for after-school sports such as football?

    "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."

    Posted by: Ripped Mittens | Jan 30, 2013 2:23:54 PM


  17. Well LGBTQ Tennesseans and their supporters? The gauntlet's been thrown. What are you going to do, whistle Dixie?

    Posted by: Marc C | Jan 30, 2013 2:40:28 PM


  18. Is it really necessary to bash an entire region of the country because of some loud-mouthed asshats? I would venture to say that if everyone who bashed TN or the South because of what Stacy Campfield has proposed listed where they lived, I could find an example of someone just as hateful in your little slice of Utopia. We should focus on helping each other and making life better for ALL LGBTQ Americans, regardless of where we live.

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Jan 30, 2013 3:07:47 PM


  19. @RHR in Tn: you are right to an extent. Can you find the same hate in, say, NY? Sure. The difference is this crap wouldn't stand a prayer of passing there whereas in Tennessee or my home state of Kentucky it has a very good chance. I live in Louisville, a nice liberal city comparable to Nashville, but I am so sick of dealing with this garbage year after year that I am about ready to get the eff out and hope the South goes ahead and secedes. No one would stop them this time.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 30, 2013 4:01:50 PM


  20. This is what happens when you have generations of inbreeding in families.

    Posted by: Jeb | Jan 30, 2013 4:23:56 PM


  21. I swear to God, a new civil war in the U.S. seems to a really good idea!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jan 30, 2013 4:37:59 PM


  22. Campfield is an embarrassment to Tennessee. It makes me ashamed to live here. Everyone in Tennessee is not the bigoted fool this man is.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 30, 2013 6:30:23 PM


  23. I guess I am not understanding the purpose of this bill... I guess I don't because there is NO purpose to this silly bill....the bill sounds like something from the 1880's......

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 30, 2013 6:39:07 PM


  24. That dome, it need to covet Kentucky as well.

    Posted by: Ladislav | Jan 30, 2013 7:23:26 PM


  25. @RHR in TN: Don't let these morons get to you. Look at it this way: they are proof that we are just as diverse as our straight counterparts. Among us are intelligent, insightful, free-thinkers. But we also have our bigoted, thoughtless, reactionaries. You can't make these queens any more compassionate than a bought-and-paid-for politician. Two awkward peas in a pod, really.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 30, 2013 7:23:33 PM


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