The state of Tennessee is proposing a radically homophobic bill that will eliminate any discussion of homosexuality in schools. If passed, the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, written by Republican state senator Stacey Campfield, would limit all instruction related to sex to the confines of "natural human reproduction science." The first version, more plain in its intentions, stated the need for the elimination of "any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other then heterosexuality." By creating an environment that is hostile even to discussion, LGBTQ students may have nowhere to turn in times of need. The lack of dialogue and promotion of ignorance will quickly transform into shame. Futhermore, students who are bullied on the basis of their sexuality will have no one to turn to if this corrupt bill is passed. Tell Governor Bill Haslam: Veto the Don't Say Gay bill!
We the undersigned would like to express our deep concern with the proposed 'Don't Say Gay' bill. The homophobic and gay-shaming bill will have disastrous affects on the LGBTQ youth of Tennessee, if passed. By eliminating open dialogue, students will be taught that there is something inherently wrong with homosexuality while LGBTQ students may live in fear without a mentor to confide in. We ask that if it should come to your desk, you veto the bill in the name of protecting Tennesee youth and promoting a more open and tolerant society. We thank you for taking our comments and concerns into serious consideration.
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