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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

Letter to
Tennessee State House Subcommittee on Education
State Representative Joe Carr
State Representative Debra Moody
and 13 others
State Representative Ron Lollar
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 just signed the following petition addressed to: Tennessee State House Subcommittee on Education.

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Vote against HB0229

Tennessee drew negative attention nationwide when a version of the “Don’t Say G_y” bill passed the Senate last year. I was embarrassed for Tennessee for the intolerant message this proposed law sends.

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 LGBTQ students to discuss harassment with and seek guidance from supportive teachers and staff.

The Don’t Say G_y 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.

Keep Tennessee out of the headlines in 2012. Please speak against and vote no on HB0229 when the bill comes before the House Subcommittee on Education.

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Sincerely,