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Tennessee Passes 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

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This is ridiculously troubling for A NUMBER of reasons.

The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that makes it it ILLEGAL to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality prior to the ninth grade in school classrooms.

The bill was introduced by Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield (pictured above) who had been trying to push the bill — nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill — for six unsuccessful years as a member of the state House. Unfortunately for Tennessee, this time the bill passed by a vote of 6-3, with the three objecting senators being democrats LOGICAL!

Ugh! This is a tragic decision because gay adolescents need the most support at that age, especially in the more intolerant areas of the United States.

For some unlucky teenagers, teachers and guidance counselors are the only place to turn to during puberty for comfort while coping with feelings that too much of society (and the government) rejects.

We really wish politicians would stop trying to push their own family "values", a.k.a. "intolerance", on the rest of the population and are so SAD for Tennessee right now.

Many young gay students may have lost an outlet to find help, while other students may have lost an opportunity to learn to about acceptance before they hit high school.

Since what's done is done, let's hope this bill goes both ways. If discussing homosexuality or saying "gay" is banned from school property, let's hope there will be severe consequences for any students using the word to BULLY gay students.

How do U feel about this discriminatory bill being passed in Tennessee?

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93 comments to “Tennessee Passes 'Don't Say Gay' Bill”

  1. 1

    You mean like the way men fuck their girlfriends in the ass! That heterosexuality? Or how Daddy is banging his secretary? That heterosexuality? Or teenagers having babies and us taxpayers have to pay for them? That heterosexuality. I thought so.

  2. 2

    if I were a boy with a girls name like Stacey I'm sure he took a lot of crap in the lower grade,
    but now he's just bullying his own agenda and shows no insight into the diversity of human nature.
    I'm sad for the youth of Tennessee that their government has taken a huge step backward and not protected their rights as individuals.
    No doubt more Tennessee youth suicides on the horizon, " Way to go Stacey "

  3. 3

    LOL only in the south, I swear it's like they are still in the 1920's. It's a sad day indeed.

  4. 4

    Smart move, let's censor our youth and create more alienation among them.

  5. 5

    Good. It's refreshing to see that there are still some people left out there that firmly believe in Biblical prohibitions/provisions and stand behind their beliefs. Besides, wasn't this nation built on a Christian foundation? Last I checked, the Bible condemns homosexuality. If people (such as me) wish to live an alternate lifestyle and go against the designs of nature and go against the Christian mandates, that's fine. But there's no reason why our governments, schools, and churches should give in to our agenda.

  6. 6

    Why do all the gay bashing Republicans always look like they are deep in denial gay men? They push their own hate mongering agenda because they hate themselves. I hate Republicans. Most are bat-shit crazy.

  7. 7

    Perez in some large portions of the U.S. they don't want to teach tolerance. Tolerance is discouraged. Teachers are barred from doing so much more then just teaching about being gay. They still had to inform us that global warming and evolution are just theories. It is ass backwards. I grew up in an area where interracial relationships were never discussed. Relationships in general are never discussed. We were taught to never shove anything sexual ( gay, straight or interracial )in peoples faces. Unfortunately this way of thinking oppresses everyone. This bill is stupid but it is a reality and things there will probably never change. They have stayed them same for centuries.

  8. 8

    Re: Andy27 – something tells me you've never read the bible, that you're just relying on hearsay and misinformation
    aside from the fact that being gay is NOT AGAINST nature but can be found in almost all species on our planet

  9. 9


  10. 10

    seriously?!!?!?!? This is the perfect way to shut down all communication for these young kids when they need support the most and make them feel so alone that they end their lives… THE BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS Stacey Campfield. You are the problem with America……. not the solution!

  11. 11

    Well I'm sure the teenage (and even lower) suicide rates will be increasing rapidly. I can't imagine having nobody to turn to. :( It breaks my heart for these poor kids who will never know acceptance/tolerance because they're growing up under the supervision of ignorant people who don't understand what America is about. This country wasn't built on ME telling YOU how to live. It was bulit on YOU respecting the way I run my life. Hopefully soon people will realize that being gay is a good thing. Being who you were born to be is a good thing. Loving yourself and others for who they are is a good thing. Dear Stacey Campfield and friends, Grow the fuck up.

  12. 12

    Re: Andy27 – According to the bible it is not ok to be gay. But, also according to the bible, it is a man's right to kill his children. The bible is a reflection of society during times of antiquity. Sure there are some good things in there, but there are also some things that we have moved past. We no longer see women and children as a man's property to do with as he pleases, and we now recognize that a certain percentage of the population is gay. Quit using the bible to promote discrimination - it cannot be literally applied to modern culture.

  13. 13

    The Beck Bandwagon in full force. Continuing attempts at setting this country back 50 years. Keep it up ultra-cons. Keep it up. What's funny is that half of the bill writers do really nasty things, at 3am, to the sheep that's tied up on the back porch. Right next to the moonshine till. Yay for America. Yay.

  14. 14

    perez, this is an UPSETTING AND DISGUSTING thing to do. as hard as it is to not show what is happening in the world, DONT GIVE THESE PEOPLE A PLATFORM! you have so much influence, millions of poeple see your page, and your giving this awful bill publicity, which is completly un deserved.

  15. 15

    of course only in the south they would do this. what do you expect everyone from the south are a bunch idiots and stuck in the past and can't move on that why the south looks like shit and the people living there look like shit and the government in those states are shit too.

  16. 16

    probably won't be long before we hear good old Stacey has been arrested for sucking dick at a Rest Area, or pandering to male prostitutes
    it's always the ones that make a big stink that are covertly committing the crime
    Stacey, Stacey, Stacey you look so good in something lacey
    come out, come out from where ever your closet may be
    no wedding ring, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  17. 17

    Re: Andy27 – But not everyone believes in the bible. The bible is not something we should be forced to follow. We have freedom of religion. My religions says "LOVE". That is it. Sounds alot better than what the man written bible tells us. If you're a Troll, don't respond. If you're a person, go for it.

  18. 18

    you should remember that you check a lot of constitutional rights at the door when you enter a public school. there are two reasons for this: maintaining safety and order in schools and maintaining an atmosphere that allows parents to parent the way they see fit and not as the government sees fit. the second reason is likely the stated reason behind this bill. parents might not want their children learning about alternative lifestyles until they can fully comprehend what a sexual relationship even is.

    and by the way, when you bash the South and imply that Southerners are racist homophobes, you are just as bad as those you stereotype marginalized segments of the population. i for one was raised in Georgia, am a Republican, and still support gay marriage. don't stereotype me or anyone else because they are from the South.

  19. 19


    He won't post it because she pays him off to promote her. That simple. It's called, "Payola", and he's gonna go down for it shortly.

  20. 20

    Re: Andy27 – government should never be involved with relegion hun schools is part of the government which is why all public schools thank god band all relegion teachings in public schools hun. children should know what the real world is out there and not be isolated by there crack head parents.

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  22. 22

    perez why don't you posts that interview of lady gaga going crazy about people calling her a madonna rip off and calling her song born this way a poor man version of madonna express yourself?

  23. 23

    You are such a hypocrite. You complain that those politicians are pushing their values on others but the gays are trying to push their agenda as well. This country is based on majority rule and the majority aren't gay.

  24. 24

    So american… Be ashamed! Be VERY ashamed…

  25. TCYB says – reply to this


    More bullying - more suicides.

  26. 26

    That is horrible! That can't be legal

  27. 27

    Not everyone in the south are complete idiots. This is a sad bill that has passed in MY STATE. There's other shit-bills in other states as well. You fuckers don't need to single out the south like it's some backwoods hick trailer park. You fuckers are the types of people who like the smell of your own shit. I hope you wallow in it.

  28. 28


    seriously… do you even listen to yourself??? learn some tolerance and while your are at it grow the hell up

  29. 29

    Am I the only one that read the article? It clearly states that the only sexual IN CLASSROOMS below 9th grade will be heterosexual, it says nothing about guidance counselors or whomever may be helping a person through their personal struggle.

    Well, it hasn't been that long since I was in school and prior to high school the only real discussion was of puberty and sexual organs, post 9th grade was when we got into how to make a baby, not how to have a fun time, the discussion was always specific to reproduction.

    College was the only time I took a class (psychology) and got into specifics of sexual behavior.

    I do not see a problem with the law, throughout middle school and high school (which the bill doesn't effect anyway) sex type discussions are explicit to science class and reproduction only.

  30. 30

    Re: Andy27

    the bible isn't real dickshit, go fuck yourself.

  31. 31

    What the hell happened to the first fucking amendment? Apparently, the politicians forgot their job the day they voted. It is our right to speak freely. All this is about is people who are afraid of talking about gay people because it makes them uncomfortable. Get the hell over it people. So if gay sex can't be discussed, how about anal sex? To suggest that someone can talk about anal sex between a woman and a man but NOT a man and a man is discrimination. Although ignorance is bliss and these politicians are definitely ignorant. It's one thing to not condone it personally based on your own personal values/within your home, but to inject those beliefs into the government is unforgivable and unconstitutional. It's a joke that some of these politicians were ever voted into office. This is a perfect reason why people need to educate themselves about the candidates they're voting into office and research where they stand on the issues. As someone with a gay family member, this bill is disappointing and I really feel for the youth of Tennessee. Perez, as someone who has such great ideas and constructive viewpoints on this issue, you should really consider being much more of an advocate outside of this site. I'm sure you could do a lot of good bringing awareness on a larger scale working together with organizations! You're a powerful force!

  32. 32

    Re: MGMTFTW – Heterosexuals breed homosexuals.

  33. 33

    Re: lucky4me13 – I think you make a good point. My boyfriend is also a Republican who supports gay marriage and it frustrates him when people assume Republicans don't support it. I think sometimes, people just tend to generalize as it seems a majority of Republican politicians/the faces of the Republican party are so blatantly anti-gay and homophobic.

  34. Low says – reply to this


    Damn, Republicans really are evil.

    The world hates them….

  35. 35

    Re-pubes want less government, yet are constantly trying to force the Christian agenda down everyones throat thru legislation. I'm sure they will force the 9 year olds into Rattlesnake charming at recess soon. Imbeciles.

  36. 36

    It's also interesting that you don't see or hear about, on these blogs, the reaction of organizations like GLAAD. However, if Kobe Bryant, in the heat of the moment, makes some slur, he's fucking crucified over hot coals by these groups, and on the blogs, passively. Groups like GLAAD need to fire the entire board of directors and institute people that will fight the fight, not fucking waste time on a basketball player for gettting pissed off in the middle of game. Seriously. This is why nothing gets done. Everyone wants a title, but not a job.

  37. 37

    Re: Andy27 – Uhh, the first amendment pretty clearly describes that we should not be making laws (like this one) based on the beliefs of religious institutions/agendas (like Campfield's). This law was introduced by a blatantly anti-gay, Christian politician who surprisingly is single (cough cough). He needs to get his radical homophobic, personal views out of the government and stop suppressing people's first amendment rights. And honestly, people need to stop judging others and their lifestyle choices and worry about their own. If Joe Schmo down the street is in a relationship/having sex with 5 different women, I don't necessarily condone it based on my beliefs, but it's not my place to butt into someone's personal business and judge them. Gay sex just makes people uncomfortable and they choose to be hateful instead of being tolerant or trying to understand. But hey, karma's a bitch. I love the gays and I don't know about your god, but my god doesn't hate or punish for loving. I have absolutely no reservations about my gay brother and I marching up to the pearly white gates because our consciences are clean. But good luck to all of the homophobes out there…really…because they're the ones who will be fucked.

  38. 38

    Re: Andy27 – This nation was not built on a Christian foundation. If you actually did the research, you'd realize that most of the Founding Fathers were Deists and Unitarians, not Christians. They believed in religious FREEDOM and separation of Church and State which we have by the way. Most of them believed that Christianity was a dangerous doctrine and a lot of them believed in extraterrestrials and life on other planets. Instead of believing what "they" tell you to believe, do some research.

  39. 39

    Re: MGMTFTW – You are absolutely disgusting

  40. 40

    Re: rosebud99 – that, my friend, would be the Old Testament. ever since Christ came and went, the NEW Testament is what we should adhere to. all those Old Testament comparisons are just a clever way for people to try to put a spin on things.

    Re: wiseguy – no one's forcing you to believe anything what so ever. HOWEVER, let me remind you one more time: this nation was built on CHRISTIAN foundations. anyone in public office should honor the values and traditions of what our country stands (or used to stand) for. i applaud him for holding his ground.

    Re: I Know Everything Bitch – i see nothing wrong with schools leaning towards an idea that conforms to the way of God. again, public schools, as you said, are a government entity and our government was designed to serve one thing: our CHRISTIAN nation. if you wanna know about being gay, then go to a private school where such things are taught or encouraged.

  41. 41

    This is what happens when you keep pushing your agenda on people.. THEY PUSH BACK. Now.. I don't agree with this at all… but that's why this is happening.

  42. 42

    Re: adg100 – Well said. Campfield needs to open a fucking book and educate himself about civil rights and the constitution and how it's not the government's job to decide if being gay is a 'sin' or not. In the governments eyes, a gay individual is a tax-paying citizen who should be treated the same as everyone else. Did we not figure this shit out with all of the injustices African Americans were put through? He has no right to abuse his position in office to force his personal agenda on the people of Tennessee. No wonder our country is so screwed. Our politicians have their priorities ass backwards… Grow up, Campfield.

  43. 43

    Why does being a Republican automatically mean that your also a homophobe. Sure, they would be more likely to oppose same sex marriage but lets not lump them all together. I come on perezhilton for "celebrity juice" not politics especially from Perez who obviously is giving a biased opinion and what seems a misinformed one at that…

  44. 44

    Re: Don't Trust Pretty – Actually, yeah, I've read the Bible. Quite a few times, at that. Front to back. The REAL question is, have YOU? If you had, then you'd know it very much condemns homosexuality. Whether you believe it or not, is up to you, of course. As for your weak excuse about all the other species that engage in same-sex sexual acts, well, that's just BORING AND LAME. Surely, you're not trying to compare the human species with all the others (ie: dogs, monkeys, mice), are you?? We have a moral code and a little something called a conscience. The Bible was also written for us — the humans — so anything WE do, we're accountable for. Nothing in the scriptures says animals, too, must follow the rules that were imposed on us. But if you'd read the Bible, you would already know these things, wouldn't ya?

  45. 45

    This is in my state. I can see both sides of it. But it's not saying that the youth in need can't seek out the help and guidance. Just that it won't be taught till 9th grade and it makes sense. The teen years are when they need that information more and can better understand without taking it out of context or offending a parent who may not want their kids to learn about it too early. Not all Southerners are against homosexuality. That is simply a cop-out to those not in the south to get the thoughts of more then just the politics and some who are stuck old fashioned.

  46. 46

    Re: Andy27 – AMEN. Perez YOU are the intolerant one. YOU are intolerant of individuals who actually do have morals and values and believe homosexuality is wrong. You are entitled to your opinion but so are we. Don't go bashing republicans or straight people or christians and then turn around and call us intolerant, hypocritical, and ignorant. You want us to respect you? Fine. Then respect us too.

  47. 47

    Honestly, I don't see a problem with this. You seem to focus more so on gay rights and activities related to the LGBT community than anything else. I would like to know about the nuclear crisis in Japan. Even something about the royal wedding, but this, this is just stupid. Tennessee has never been "gay rights forward" by any means. This doesn't seem like a way to "protect" children…at a certain age, children shouldn't even be taught about sex. How is this any different? Some children, before the age where they would be entering into 9th grade, might not understand how to handle the information they are processing. Also, how do you gauge who would be a good instructor for a subject that is past controversial to adults? If you want children to be concerned at a young age about adult matters, teach them about homosexuality.

  48. 48

    Re: misskeli – i love how everyone these days loves using cute little catch words such as "homophobic", "hateful", "mean", "narrow-minded", etc just because another person or group doesn't support their gay ideals. FUCK THAT! i'm a gay male myself and i DO agree with what this senator is doing, and i agree with Proposition 8, and i do not support gay adoption. that's just bullshit. if people want to be gay and life that lifestyle (lord knows, i do!), great. that's fine. let them. but let's keep this shit away from mainstream things, such as schools. kids/teens should grow up into this lifestyle by choosing on their own, after careful deliberation. by incorporating the gay shit into our education system, you're basically desensitizing all these kids' minds and conditioning them to understand and accept and embrace the homosexual crap. no, it's not right. that's a very personal decision…such as smoking. if a motherfucker wants to grow up and smoke cigarettes, FINE! lord knows i love my marlboro lights. but i dont think kids should be encouraged or taught to accept smoking as a way of life.

  49. 49

    Re: misskeli – lol 'your' god? ok, yeah. go and sashay right on up all the way to the pearly gates of heaven? what heaven, bitch? what god are you even talking about? the one I'M talking about is the one mentioned in the Holy (CHRISTIAN) Bible. you know…the same book that talks about Jesus and all that good stuff…the SAME book that, up until the VERY LAST CHAPTER (revelations, in case you don't know your shit), flat-out tells us that homosexuals will be among the many, many groups of people that will be pushed into the bowels of HELL. that's the God i believe in. i'm not sure who you believe in or who/what you serve, but there can only be one heaven i'm sure, and there's only ONE way, ONE road (aka: Jesus). if you're gonna believe the stories and fables and tales of the Bible that introduced us to Jesus, you have NO CHOICE but to believe in the other parts that warn against homosexuality. it'd be silly to sit there and pick and choose the parts you like and benefit you, and then turn around and call the rest of it a lie or misprint, or misrepresentation. see ya in hell, bitch :-)

  50. 50

    Re: jj2008 – I'm glad you have enough clarity to see where I'm coming from. I know people on here will quickly call me crazy because I'm gay yet I support these type of things. I just know what I believe in and I know what's right and what's wrong. I do think people should be free to do whatever they want (God did, after all, give us free will) but, at the same time, these people in public seats do have a responsibility to steer our nation in the right direction and not push us into a pool of deviance and immorality. Let that be our very own personal decision. Why the fuck should all these other kids/teens who have no desire to part-take in this lifestyle be subject or subconsciously taught to embrace and accept those rebellious lifestyle? I love drinking and smoking, too. Doesn't mean I should go and encourage young adolescent kids to follow MY footsteps. If they wanna grow up and be smokers and drunkards and gay, let them. But let that be THEIR decision.

  51. fiona says – reply to this


    You can try to blame it on the bible, but this is just parents exercising their rights to choose how their kiddies are educated.
    Don't mess with kids.

    When people are older, they can choose their own values. I left the church because I learned that they do not have the answers based on my life experience. Believe me, it was as conservative as it comes, that church.

    Now no one tells me what is true. Even you, Perez.
    Let the parents alone. They don't have that much influence when people become adults and can learn about the world.

  52. 52

    What our children learn in reference to sexuality should come from their parents, not from their teachers. It is our job as parents to be open minded, to teach our children that though we may feel a certain way about sexual identity, it is ok if they feel differently. Our love for our kids should go beyond that. They are the blood of our blood, we are supposed to protect them and teach them well, not their teachers. These laws come into effect because of parents incapable of accepting their children for who they are.

    We don't have to like everything our kids do, but love them and accept them for who they are. The problem begins at home, not with our government.

  53. 53

    I'm to angry and sad to post anything. . . :(

  54. 54

    I'm sure Stacey Campfield is gay and hates himself. Doing this is his only way of dealing with his feelings of hatred for who he really is. Sad….

  55. 55

    Re: Andy27 – Wow, you're one sick puppy… get help.

  56. 56

    You gotta love the Replubicans, they're so retro. Like, stuck in the 1940s.

  57. 57

    Re: Andy27 – So Andy27 tell me, you mean YOU follow ALL the mandates of the Bible? So, this also means you don't engage in premarital sex, eat pork (Leviticus) or cut the locks at the side of your head (also Leviticus). Oh, I see you have a short haircut. Hypocrit.

  58. 58

    Re: Andy27 – take some college courses in theology, ancient cultures and psychology and expanded your understanding of religion.
    we are all the same in Gods eyes dogs, chimps, mice and men

  59. 59

    This is beyond ludicrous. I hate making this comparison, and I know that the US but something like this is reminiscent of the strict, unfair censorship that some Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan impose on their people. The US Government has NO PLACE and NO RIGHT to excersize censorship like this. This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL no matter how you look at it and it is not only appalling, but frightening. If legislation like this can be passed, it's a very, very frightening of things to possibly come. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS. Republican or Democrat, this is wrong and UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Shame on the Federal Government to continually turn a blind eye to this and all of the brutally unfair Human Rights violations that have been taking place.

  60. 60

    The problem is when people start lashing out, "Republicans are this, Democrats are that" based on ONE person's agenda. All it does is take away from an actual debate about what is best for our nation. I'm a Republican, and I have no problem with homosexuality. I have several gay friends who I love and respect. This behavior of calling people idiots or stupid because of their beliefs doesn't solve anything. It just fuels the fire of the extremist on both sides, while the majority of people, who are most likely somewhere in the middle, are ignored.

  61. 61

    I think the Government of Tennessee has blood on their hands for all of the young people who are struggling with their sexuality or who already feel different because of how they feel. The TN Gov't is basically saying that how they feel is so wrong that LAWS have to be passed to prevent any sort of tolerance or understanding. What about all of the children, teens and young adults who already struggle every single day with intolerance, hatred, bullying, teasing and just trying to find themselves and their own path? The countless young people battling depression and suicidal thoughts Do they not deserve protection? Do they not deserve tolerance? Is it OK that countless young people hurt or feel they have to go so far as end their own lives because they feel different and their own Government is turning it's back on them and validating HATRED and INTOLERANCE? Have we learned NOTHING from all of these tragic suicides? THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW.

  62. 62

    Re: Andy27 – p.s. - I'm sorry you hate yourself and feel as though you are living an immoral lifestyle. When you are actually being true to your innate morals and living the truth of your existence. Were you to be lying about who and what you are that would be the immoral lifestyle

  63. 63

    This is NOT a representation of ALL those that live in southern states. Not all of us (southerners) feel this way. I am a resident of the state of Tennessee and my hope is that we can forget about calling anything "gay". Love is love not "gay love". If we ALL stop putting labels on everything then we can all be equal. I believe that everyone has the right to love who they want to love and it is no human's right to keep that from happening. My wish is that someday very soon we can live without labels like "gay", "black", "white" , "mexican", etc, etc. We are people, humans nothing more nothing less.

  64. 64

    Dear Perez,
    I really like your website for celebrity gossip but I'm sick of seeing all this on your page. I don't come to this site to hear about politics or what you support. Please go back to all celebrity gossip or I will need to look elsewhere….

  65. 65

    Re: Matthew Ross Smith – Exactly. I am a Republican as well, and all of this "Republican vs Democrat" garbage is severly damaging to our country and political system. It keeps creating an extremely misinformed mess of polarization and takes away from what's really going on. As far as I'm concerned, most of the politicians in Government today are so forgone from the real foundations of either party and are just out for their own gain. As a Republican, I believe in Limited Government and the Constitution, and as such believe that the Government has no right to impose on our Social lives, no right to selectively strip certain groups of people of their basic American rights and no right to discriminate against any group of citizens based on their gender, race, sexual orientation or for ANY reason. The increasing amount of power being excersized over our social institutions, speech and human rights takes further and further away from from the Democracy we fight for around the world every day. Our Government is specifically discriminating against a group of people, the LGBT community, and denying them of equal protection and access to their basic human rights and their rights under the Constitution. They are promoting discrimination against citizens based on their sexual orientation that, just like someone's race or sex, they are born with. It is Unconstitutional, plain and simple, and hypocritical and sets us back as a nation 100 years.

  66. 66

    I can't imagine ever living in the Southern regions of this country. The people who think like this have such a small view of life and others that don't think like them.

  67. 67

    Re: Andy27 – ROFL! I honestly believe u aren't gay and must be some homophobic idiot trying to make it look like homosexuality is wrong. If u are gay u are a walking contradiction (based on your ideologies) and should get your head checked

  68. 68

    Well, I was the one to tip Perez off on this. AND since I live in Kentucky, I must say that any gay youths needing to talk about any issues they have or if they think they might be gay, they can come across the state line and talk to the great teachers, counselors, and members of the LGBT community here.

  69. 69

    i guess it's only right in tennessee to fuck your cousins and not the same gender. what a backwards world we live in -.-

  70. 70

    I think that's just so fucking stupid. Why not ban then the word bitch, fuck, or anything else. Why just that ONE word. Thats just stupid. Its freedom of speech!! Regardless of age everyone has a right to say anything they want no matter what it is they say. EVERYONE HAS A VOICE. This is just a big slap in face back to the 20s.

  71. Fia says – reply to this


    Ugh, I live here and this conversation was engaged by my then 5 year old daughter seven years ago. As a parent, I am upfront and honest with my children about sex, religion, politics you name it.
    Unfortunately, we've also had 'English Only' bills trying to be passed as well that infuriates me because all that it does is waste more money and also recently a bill for transgender bathrooms vehemently discouraged by family coalitions that I once supported.

  72. 72

    Re: ummmm…. – As introduced, the bill would've put into law a declaration that it is illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality prior to the 9th grade.

    Current TN law already prohibits such instruction by deeming it a misdemeanor to teach any sex education that is not part of the "family life curriculum" adopted by the state Board of Education. (meaning, the bill was not needed, but, rather, is being used to create free publicity and, likely, as a shiney object to dangle in front of his ignorant voters at the cost of our children) So, now… the TN Board of Education "shall adopt" - as part of the "family life curriculum" - a ban on discussion of homosexuality.

    Bottom line, this bill will prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms.

    Whats wrong with that?

    Aside from the countless children who begin to experience sexual attraction prior to high school and may have questions… how about children like my 10yr old son… who, since preschool, has drawn family portraits showing himself and his two moms?

    You're assuming that the topic of homosexuality isn't breached until kids reach an older age because you are equating the topic with sex. In your world that may seem legitimate, not in mine.

  73. 73

    give it six months and the footage of him picking up rent boys will surface.

  74. 74

    So eighth graders can talk about torturing cats and murdering toddlers, but can't discuss homosexuality. SMH.

  75. 75

    Another idiot in a position of power!
    What is worst is that he was voted into this position.

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    This is so sad! Young gay youth need the most support out of anyone. I can not wait to live in a country where being gay is shunned. The bible should NOT be brought into politics. When you are a politician you should NEVER bring personal feelings or religion into politics but I guess that makes too much sense. You are supposed to think about what would help as a whole.

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    This is ridiculous I am a middle school counselor and I would not follow this law!!!!!!!!!!! There is no way the police are going to enforce this law, I'd love to see an officer arrest me for allowing a child to express who they are!! I think the school counselors in Tennesse have an ethical obligation to take a stand against this bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sexual orientation should never been on a class room syllabus. In junior high and highschool they learn simply about reproduction. To not openly discuss what makes gay people tick is completely appropriate for this age level. I am a republican, a parent, live in Texas, and I am a participating Christian. I say, to each his own…but the basic fact is that men and men or women and women cannot produce offspring. Leave it to the health discussion. If kids wanna learn about sexual behaviors or orientations, then go to college where you will get an ear full. PEREZ GROW UP! We don't have to sling gay talk in every thing to be tolerant.

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    This is so gross. I can't believe people like this are in a position to institute such a ridiculous bill into the school systems. Perez is right. Why are they so concerned about the word "gay" and not about the bullying epidemic taking over our schools? I just can't believe ignorance is 2011 seems to be at an all time high…They need to put down the Bible and do some real research. This makes me want to puke.

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    Re: Atti4040 – That is not what this says. It just isnt going to be included as part of the curriculum. Take a deep breath and read the article. I am good with it. As a parent, I see no need to teach sexual behaviors of any kind in the classroom at this age level except that which produces offspring. Reproduction yes, sexual preferences, no.

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    Good for them. I am sick of people trying to shove alternative lifestyles and beliefs on me. It has nothing to do with religion, it is just the fact that I find it sickening that a man can find another mans hairy ass appealing. I am entitled to my rights and I do not want my kids exposed to it. The arguments are right, it is something people are born with, but what they do not want to accept is that if you do some research and you will find that it is linked to being genetic and shares the same traits and markers as pedophiles (this research has been out for years, but it is just not politically correct to publish the findings but there is plenty of research to support it), why don't you accept them also? It is basically the same thing, you are sexually attracted to something out of the norm and goes against normal instinct, which is to reproduce. Every living thing has built in genetics and a drive for basic survival, to eat and reproduce, the fact is that people are trying to make it acceptable by relating it to sex when in fact, it is just genetically wrong and goes against every living things basic built in drive. It is a genetic malformation

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    To Andy in Orlando; please dont mistake this as an attack on your viewpoint, but I was wondering - did you develop this born again Jesus thing while you severed your time in jail/prison?

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    why at schools teaching children about sex at all? isn't that the parents responsibility?

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    I'm glad I don't live in the United States anymore. "Land of the free….!"

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    We really wish politicians would stop trying to push their own family "values", a.k.a. "intolerance", on the rest of the population and are so SAD for Tennessee right now.

    Oh, you mean like how the liberals are constantly trying to push their own gay agenda on the rest of us? Like how CA is trying to force schools to "teach" gay, lesbian and transgender "history", even if it has no actual relevance? You mean like how liberals have forced GOD out of any possible mention or even reference to our kids so there is only a one-sided liberal agenda beaten into our children? Oh yes, this is just terrible isn't it. Democrats NEVER push their agenda uh? It's a two-way street fucktard, you can't have it all your way, and then try to claim anyone thinking different is wrong and evil. It's either NO agenda, or equal teaching. How does it feel when someone actually pushes back against your agenda Perez? I don't agree with this, but I'm glad someone pushed back for a change.

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    That is outrageous. Guess some people in Tennessee are bigger hicks than I thought.

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    Re: Andy27 – One of the biggest lies that Christians always say is that these country was built in a Christian Foundation! That's horse shit! The very first amendment of the Constitution is based on the separation of Church and State.- and most of the Forefathers were Deist, Atheist and Agnostics. Is it funny that i know this and i wasn't born in the United States ( America is a continent!) and you typical christian white (some blacks too) and male keep your head on the ground! Have you read anything else than that fiction book called ”The Bible" ?

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    Re: Andy27 – … Why are you on PerezHilton.com…?

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    wow thats a bunch a crap now what is the government gonna do? make it illegal to clog a toilet?! to talk about your self?! i mean like WTF!!!!!

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    That's just weird, creepy, and extreme.

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    Re: Andy27 – Whoh, you're dumb. First off, as others have said as well, the US was NOT built on a Christian foundation. If you would actually read up on the founders, you would learn that all had very different backgrounds and beliefs when it comes to religion. Second, the Bible is not a history book nor is it something that can be easily applied in today's world, it's virtually impossible. You strike me as someone who picks and chooses whatever he likes, dismissing other 'lessons' the Bible teaches us. Either that, or you haven't come across those stories, which means your 'read it front to back' comment means absolutely nothing. Start living in the present and accept that societies change.

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    @ Andy: you sir are completely a idiot by comparing the bible,because I am a man of faith and I am a homosexual. I am 16 years old and I have known about my sexuality for the longest of time, and this is Appalling to me how the government which is the conservatives of course that passed this bill try to impair the LGBT community from flourishing. And Andy I will quote your own bible at you
    Matthew: Blessed are the pure of heart for they will see the kingdom of heaven.
    Matthew: Blessed are you when men shall revile you and say all kind of evil against you for my sake, rejoice for your reward in heaven will be great.

    And that is not from the old testament it is from the new testament those were Jesus very own words. I am a homosexual and I sin along with every other that does not mean I will go to hell because, My heart is pure like any other human being I will always have selfish intentions but when I need to do good I have a pure heart. Because their is no such thing as evil people in this world only evil acts. So take your Christian B*****T and spit it somewhere else because your not the only one with a bible.

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    Why is everybody so hostile because a bill passed. It happens everyday. The land was not built on Christians but it definitely has it everywhere. Like our money. The whole gay can be found in the bible, which I have seen many people write that it is fiction. Which is crazy because why would you bash someone religion or opinion because its not what you believe. Isn't that what homosexuals smash down our throat. TOLERANCE. If you don't like the bible, its ok but don't call somebody stupid for believing in it. Also the bible is up for your own interpretation so if you see the same verse differently then someone else, its not wrong, it is just your opinion. Back to what I was saying about America, if the bible didn't have some influence on our forefathers or legal system, then why is it wrong to kill, or why is it wrong to commit adultery, why is there marriage, the thing that a lot of you fight for and want… All this is talking about is not teaching kids about homosexuality until 9th grade, kids are free to do what they want and if their really want to tell their son or daughter about it, there are like a million books out there.