Stop the Don't Say Gay bill in the House Calendar and Rules Committee
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Tennessee Governor
Tennessee-061
State Rep. Charles Sargent
Tennessee-073
State Rep. Jimmy Eldridge
Tennessee-047
State Rep. Judd Matheny
Tennessee-005
State Rep. David Hawk
Tennessee-096
State Rep. Steve McManus
Tennessee-031
State Rep. Ron Travis
Tennessee-051
State Rep. Mike Turner
Tennessee-026
State Rep. Gerald McCormick
Tennessee-056
State Rep. Beth Harwell
Tennessee-019
State Rep. Harry Brooks
Tennessee-072
State Rep. Steve McDaniel
Tennessee-016
State Rep. Bill Dunn
Tennessee-017
State Rep. Andrew Farmer
Tennessee-035
State Rep. Dennis Roach
Tennessee-082
State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
Tennessee-078
State Rep. Mary Littleton
Tennessee-012
State Rep. Dale Carr
Tennessee-014
State Rep. Ryan Haynes
Tennessee-081
State Rep. Debra Moody
Tennessee-045
State Rep. Courtney Rogers

Stop the Don't Say Gay bill in the House Calendar and Rules Committee

    1. Petition by

      TENNESSEE EQUALITY PROJECT

On April 17, The House Education Committee narrowly voted in favor of HB229, known to the world as the "Don't Say Gay" bill. HB229 now goes to the House Calendar and Rules Committee.

HB229 is a reckless bill motivated by anti-gay bigotry that may actually overturn current state law on sex education that prohibits the teaching of sex education to children in grades K-8. Some House Lawmakers appear to be engaging in cognitive dissonance. Many voice support for limiting sex education to grades 9-12 while voting to teach "natural human reproduction science" to kindergarteners.

Act now to stop the advancement of this bill.

Tell the House Calendar and Rules Committee to refer HB229 back to the House Education Committee for further review.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Will Governor Haslam stand up to the bullies in his own party?

      HB229 may represent the Governor's last chance during this legislative session to show some backbone as an executive prepared to lead his party and the State of Tennessee.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. House leadership can't control their members

      "At this point, you almost have to feel bad for Republican leadership. Even though they've dispensed with John Harris and seemingly buried Guns-in-Lots for the year, yesterday it raised its hand through the dirt. Despite public comments from the governor urging legislators to knock it off and a procedural move meant to let 'Don't Say Gay' die — moving it to the end of session — last night it lurched forward."

    5. TN Lawmakers are inviting ridicule of our state once again.

      HB229 brings no meaningful reform of education in Tennessee. It's sole intention is marginalize students who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • George Theotokatos ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Homosexuality is not a disorder, its a difference between people as common as hair color. Stop scapegoating the LGBTQ community and try tackling real issues in education

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    • Matthew Nevels CHATTANOOGDA, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's go forward not backward!

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    • Ashley Avampato DELAVAN, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      It is atrocious that a state would try and keep students from creating safe spaces to talk about their sexuality on school grounds!

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    • David Mynatt KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      This proposed legislation is so prejudicial, discriminatory and ignorant...IT IS OUTRAGEOUS! Our legislators need to be in the business of opening minds...not closing them

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    • Clea Milner SEWANEE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm tired of our state being run by bigots.

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