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Petitioning House Subcommittee on Education and 14 others

Tell Tennessee lawmakers to stop bullying Tennessee students

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.

Letter to
House Subcommittee on Education
State Representative Joe Carr
State Representative Debra Moody
and 12 others
State Representative Lois Deberry
State Representative John DeBerry
State Representative Dale Carr
State Representative Craig Fitzhugh
State Representative Bill Dunn
State Representative Joseph Pitts
State Representative Beth Harwell
State Representative Kevin Brooks
State Representative Barry Doss
State Representative Harry Brooks
State Representative Courtney Rogers
Tennessee Governor
I am deeply saddened that leaders in the Tennessee House have still not received the message that anti-gay and anti –transgender legislation is harming Tennessee youth. I just learned that the Don’t Say G_y bill (HB0229) has been rescheduled for a hearing by the House Subcommittee at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

Over the past year, it appears that some Tennessee lawmakers have used the youth of Tennessee as political pawns to advance an anti-gay and anti-transgender social agenda. The legislature has stripped away workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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 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.

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.

Vote against HB0229.

Sincerely,