The House sponsor of last year’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill has requested that the legislation be put on notice in the House General Subcommittee on Education.
A version of the bill passed the Senate last year despite the embarrassing spotlight cast on Tennessee. As originally proposed, the HB0229/SB0049 states that “ no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
This bill endangers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students by preventing students who face harassment and discrimination from accessing needed information and resources. The bill will make it more difficult for LGBT students to discuss harassment with and seek guidance from supportive teachers and staff.
The Don’t Say Gay bill is an unnecessary state mandate on local school districts which will silence students, impede local control of schools, and subject vulnerable students to increased isolation, bullying and harassment.
Tell members of the State House General Subcommittee on Education to vote against HB0229