• Petitioned House Subcommittee on Education

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House Subcommittee on Education
Tennessee Governor
State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
State Rep. Barry Doss
State Rep. Kevin Brooks
State Rep. Beth Harwell
State Rep. Joseph Pitts
State Rep. Bill Dunn
State Rep. Harry Brooks
State Rep. Dale Carr
State Rep. John DeBerry
State Rep. Raumesh Akbari
State Rep. Debra Moody
State Rep. Joe Carr
State Rep. Courtney Rogers

Tell Tennessee lawmakers to stop bullying Tennessee students

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Leaders in the Tennessee House have still not received the message that anti-gay and anti –transgender legislation is harming Tennessee youth. The Chair of the House Subcommittee on Education and sponsor of the Don’t Say G_y bill (HB0229) in the House, Rep. Joey Hensley, rescheduled his bill for a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

Over the past year, some Tennessee lawmakers have used the youth of Tennessee as pawns to advance an anti-gay and anti-transgender political agenda. The legislature has stripped away workplace protections for LGBT employees (HB600/SB632) in Tennessee and advanced bills that will make our students unsafe in school (License to Bully and Don’t Say G_y bills).

The message to LGBT people in Tennessee is loud and clear. While it's hard to make direct connections, the suicides of two Tennessee students victimized by anti-gay bullying in their schools happened in the hostile climate created by the Tennessee General Assembly's passage of the anti-LGBT legislation. Children hear what adults are saying about them. It’s time for the bullying to stop at the highest level of government in Tennessee.

Send a message to the Chair and members of the subcommittee today. Tell them that Tennessee’s youth cannot bear to hear more hatred from the adults who are responsible for protecting them and ensuring an opportunity for them to thrive in school. We don’t need bullies in state government or in the classroom.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Amber Nelson DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Anyone who supports these bills has blood on their hands. These discriminatory measures encourage hopelessness and suicidal tendencies in vulnerable young adults and teens who are already labeled as outcasts by peers, and have nowhere to turn for protection when it comes to the administration and adults in the school system. They wouldn't stand for students taunting a black kid or an Asian kid based on race. Why on earth would it be acceptable to relentlessly taunt a GLBT student? This failure to simply be a GOOD HUMAN BEING disgusts me. It disgusts me further that all of this is done in the name of a religion that is supposedly all about love, kindness, and tolerance. Anyone who drafted this bill or supports it truly should be ashamed of themselves, and consider themselves lucky that there isn't a lot of bullying or lynching based on whatever hair color or eye color they happened to be born with.

    • Steven A. Rail LEONIA, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      We seek equal rights, not special rights. We seek equal respect and participation in contributing our fair share to our shared society, not sympathy or extra protection.

    • Hannah Rabalais LAFAYETTE, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      Information is such a powerful tool, the crux of education. I cannot imagine censoring such a relevant topic from schools. It will leave students so unprepared for high school. Whether the students are advocates of equality or intolerant of homosexuality, they still have the right and need of at least being knowledgable of its existence.

    • Jennifer Schultz CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The majority of people in this country beleive that gays have the right to get married. it is small minded people like thiose in the state legisalature that stops this country from moving forward.

    • Keisa Bennett LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Did they not read about the 9 suicides in one school system in Minnesota after a similar policy was implemented? One of the most toxic things to any human being is to feel that he or she doesn't matter. A law like this actually makes imposes this toxicity even on those who would never ever tell a child she didn't matter. Forcing people to not acknowledge children is really what should be illegal.


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