Preserve Gay Straight Alliances to keep schools safe in Tennessee
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Tennessee State Senate

Preserve Gay Straight Alliances to keep schools safe in Tennessee

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Your messages to the Senate helped keep the School Club Bill (SB0426) from becoming an anti-Gay-Straight Alliance bill. An "opt-in" provision would have created new barriers for students to participate in any club, including GSAs. SB0426 promotes parental-involvement without creating an unsafe school environment for students.

Tennessee averted a major administrative nightmare for schools with Senate Bill 0426. The Senate Education Committee considered amendments to this School Club Bill that would require either "opt-in" or "opt-out" provisions for student participation. The "opt-in" amendment that would require parents to give prior approval for children to participate in school clubs and extracurricular activities failed by a vote of 4 to 5.

But the "opt-out" amendment prevailed. With a vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, and 1 abstention, the Senate Education Committee recommended SB0426 to the full Senate with an amendment that requires schools to print notification within student handbooks of a parent's right to opt their child out of school clubs.

The Senate could vote on this bill anytime this week while in session. Keep this pro-parenting, pro-school, and pro-child bill intact without further amendment.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • victor ivy MT JULIET, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Hate comes from ignorance. Understanding comes from education!

    • Vesna Plakanis GATLINBURG, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      By passing this "don't say gay" bill legislation, the bullying that goes on in our schools is on your heads. Instead of creating a world of support for lost children, you are advocating a world of violence against those who are different.

    • Peter Morrison, NEWPORT,, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      SB0426 is hateful & hurtful. The Germans in 1932-33 decided to support similarly motivated political positions. We all know where that led. I am ashamed of your votes; and you?

    • Gwen Hay OAK RIDGE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I deserve to feel just as safe in school as anyone else... Let me have my right, and let us keep our GSAs, always.


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