Stop House Bill 2051 from passing in Missouri
  • Petitioned Timothy Jones

This petition was delivered to:

Timothy Jones
Steve Cookson
Steven Tilley
John Diehl
Dwight Scharnhorst
Missouri State House

Stop House Bill 2051 from passing in Missouri

    1. Katie  Eyer
    2. Petition by

      Katie Eyer

      Kansas city, MO

On the 19th of April 2012, Missouri Representative Steve Cookson of District 153 sponsored a bill called HB 2051. This bill “Prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction”, from The bill reads “170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school." This bill must not be passed. This bill would ban Gay-Straight Alliances and even stop all discussions about LGBTQIA issues. Not only is this bill unconstitutional, as it infringes upon our First Amendment but it is harmful and even detrimental to the LGBTQIA Missouri youth. By limiting their means of getting support and expressing themselves, the supporters of this bill have shown that they do not care about the feelings and lives of the LGBTQIA Missouri youth. We  shall not stand for this. We will prove that we will not tolerate even the idea of this bill passing and endangering the lives of many Missouri youth. By signing this Petition you will make evident to the supporters of this bill that this bill is not supported by a large portion of the population and will not help them score points this election year by harming LGBTQIA Missouri youth.

Recent signatures


    1. Students speak out about 'Don't Say Gay' bill

      Katie  Eyer
      Petition Organizer

      "Don't say gay" is the focus of a controversial bill in Missouri and is being talked about across the country."

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Here's another petition, it's from PROMO.

      Katie  Eyer
      Petition Organizer

      "Instead of letters or emails, we want to put a face to the issue -- your face -- and it needs to be visual and emotional.That’s why we have partnered with Progress Missouri to launch a micro-site called where you can keep up to date on the bill and upload a video with your personal response to and feelings about this awful bill. Go to for details on how to upload your video.
      If you cannot make a video on your own, PROMO has set up filming locations throughout the next two weeks in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Click here for those locations and times.
      PROMO ( "

    4. Call the supporters of this bill.

      Katie  Eyer
      Petition Organizer

      After you sign this petition make sure to call each of the supporters of this bill and let them know why you do not support this bill.

      Representative Steve Cookson District 153- (573) 751-1066

      Representative Dwight Scharnhorst District 093- (573) 751-4392

      Representative Timothy Jones District 089 – (573) 751-0562

      Representative Steven Tilley District 106- (573) 751-1488

      Representative John Diehl District 087- (573)751-1544

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Russell SAINT ANN, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it is the right thing to do!

    • Robert Brantner STE. GENEVIEVE, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      This bill is absurd.

      Quite simply, people should be treated with respect and equality, regardless of sexual preference, color, gender, faith, or what have you. It's bad enough that the public fear the act in and of itself, but to make it illegal to even speak of it with only enhance this homophobia.

      Put simply, unless one is physically raping you, homosexuals of either variety are causing you no direct harm, and thus, should not be harmed in any way, shape, or form.

      An' do what ye will, so long as ye harm none.


    • Erin Knadler ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      The discussion of sexual orientation is imperative to student's lives and understanding of the modern world, and this understanding is heavily formed by schools. This bill eliminates communication, as well as removing a support system for students with questions about sexuality.

      Finally, modern history includes gay rights. The culture changes of the 70s included gay rights and events like the Stonewall riots. Not allowing this material to be discussed because it concerns sexual orientation is an effort to censor history.

    • Naomi Cliett ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is just keeping children at schools from seeing that it's okay to be different. What will happen to Gay-Straight Alliances at the schools in that state? You can't just abolish support.

    • Joe Hall WESTWOOD, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      Too many to list...


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