High School Students Protest ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Don't Say Gay Is Not Okay

A few weeks ago, a Tennessee state senate committee approved a vote on a bill that makes it it ILLEGAL to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality prior to the ninth grade in school classrooms.

Obviously, we were disappointed for a number of reasons in this proposed legislation, but are happy to report that roughly 150 high school students assembled outside the state capitol on Wednesday morning to protest the proposed “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Their protest comes after a petition from 1000 local high school students AGAINST the bill was presented to state leaders.

Students say they fear this legislation may contribute to bullying in elementary schools and we couldn’t agree more!

Many people and teachers who disagree with this bill say that the senate is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t even exist because there is nothing about homosexuality in the cirriculum to begin with!

All this bill is doing is eliminating a possible support system for gay teens who have no support from their family at home and the teens protesting are aware of that.

Thank you for standing up for those who are too young to stand up for themselves! We’re SO proud of you!

The vote on the bill has been pushed back for weeks, but is scheduled for today. PLEASE do not pass this ignorant and unnecessary law, Tennessee!

May 12, 2011 2:50pm PDT

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