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Tennessee Senate committee advances ‘Don’t Say Gay’ education bill

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Tennessee Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms.

Via the Knoxville News Sentinel:

The measure, SB49, is sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville), who unsuccessfully pushed same idea — nicknamed the “don’t say gay” bill — for six years as a member of the state House before he was elected to the Senate.

As introduced, the bill would have put into state law a declaration that it is illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality prior to the 9th grade.

The Senate Education Committee approved the bill by a vote of 6-3, but with an amendment that would require the Board of Education to study compliance with the state’s sex education curriculum, and “adopt” as part of the family life curriculum — a ban on discussion of homosexuality.

The Tennessee Equality Project said there is no curriculum in Tennessee that discusses sexuality in grades K-8, and that the bill is unnecessary.

The bill “limits what teachers and students are able to discuss in the classroom,” said Ben Byers of the Tennessee Equality Project. “It means they can’t talk about gay issues or sexuality even with students who may be gay or have gay family.”

The bill now heads to the full Senate.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. WOWWWW. As if its going to “corrupt” their minds. -_______-

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:02am
  2. Ughgghhhh

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:04am
  3. i wasnt sure if i should like this or not, but i like the ‘dont say gay’ phrase at top. lol

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:04am
  4. i wasnt sure if i should like this or not, but i like the ‘dont say gay’ phrase at top. lol

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:04am
  5. rediculous

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:04am
  6. Wow thats pretty ridiculous…

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:05am
  7. So keep them in the dark, that if a student is gay they can’t talk with teachers about it, that could possibly help them out, possibly causing them to form deep depression, and possibly suicidal. way to keep people in the dark!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:08am
  8. So keep them in the dark, that if a student is gay they can’t talk with teachers about it, that could possibly help them out, possibly causing them to form deep depression, and possibly suicidal. way to keep people in the dark!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:08am
  9. I never experienced homosexuality in education anyways and I’m still the way I am lolol.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:09am
  10. I never experienced homosexuality in education anyways and I’m still the way I am lolol.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:09am
  11. Hm. Sometimes I wish I could ignore all this crap and live next to them without acknowledging their existence and live my own life unconnected or uncaring about society. Or something like that.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:09am
  12. @David – agreed. I thought it would be okay but then it lost me and I’m from TN. its a shame seeing as how kids in 8th grade and lower can be gay, also. its not a decision that comes from high school or high school age.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:10am
  13. @David – agreed. I thought it would be okay but then it lost me and I’m from TN. its a shame seeing as how kids in 8th grade and lower can be gay, also. its not a decision that comes from high school or high school age.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:10am
  14. Boo!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:18am
  15. This is dumb. If I knew about homosexuaity at a younger age then I would’ve ‘came out’ sooner and been less confused about myself.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:28am
  16. This is dumb. If I knew about homosexuaity at a younger age then I would’ve ‘came out’ sooner and been less confused about myself.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:28am
  17. Oh, come on Tennessee. Show us you’re not a bunch of hicks and bring this bill down!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:30am
  18. Oh, come on Tennessee. Show us you’re not a bunch of hicks and bring this bill down!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:30am
  19. covering the sun with one finger

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:36am
  20. They are soooooo smart over there in TN. Way to go boneheads!

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 1:18am
  21. I know I was already doing stuff before my sex education, so what good does that help, you can’t prevent the inevitable, doesn’t matter, TRUE gay people have their first inclination at a young age before sex education even occurs or before you even learn the word love and sex in the same sentence”sexual love”…..

    At a very young age the body is very primitive in it’s emotions until it develops, as for sexuality, it doesn’t matter until the child becomes intelligently conscious of his or hers own feelings, until then it’s just an inclination, making pointless decisions that are not really taken into full consideration on what you’ve done until it is programed into the child of wrong and rights.

    There is not really a way to prevent homosexuality until the child reaches the stage of the in-between, where he is learning about him or her self and has a sense of right and wrong, it means coming into a developmental conscious stage in where people can begin to program children as they want them.

    Everything starts out as a inclination of awareness of some sort, then the programs, what is learned must be unlearned. FAKE gay people are children and adults who make choices in there full awareness if wrong and right, and choices to be homosexual or Lesbian because of past issues or self denial of his own learned program, forced into submission or the inclination to rebel, as in the new generations and new age, NOT saying all but many have become Lesbian and homosexual do to fame or riches, egotistic, arrogance, people who seek power over others. All for the wrong reasons.

    Homosexual sex education is false, and it has nothing to do with AIDS, that’s part if the miseducation of the mind, something the health board and sex education have tried to use to ridicule gays, just as non christians would ridicule christians. Sex education in general for both male and female needs to be more addressed in respects of those that of a homosexual nature. No need to be separate. It’s still sex education. The young are just learning how to have safe sex. It’s still sex.

    Teaching bogus topics to kids of kindagargen age is non sense. Truly sexual contact begins somewhere in 1st grade depending on the development of that child cognition. Children are truly becoming something more, then anyone has ever seen. Teaching children about sexuality is a sign of children becoming something greater.

    Sexuality should not be based on ones sexuality or orientation, it should be built on the nature of ones sex or the sex in which one is having.

    Hypocrisy is all around, lies or everywhere, and ignorance is for certain, and guarantied.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:26am
  22. I know I was already doing stuff before my sex education, so what good does that help, you can’t prevent the inevitable, doesn’t matter, TRUE gay people have their first inclination at a young age before sex education even occurs or before you even learn the word love and sex in the same sentence”sexual love”…..

    At a very young age the body is very primitive in it’s emotions until it develops, as for sexuality, it doesn’t matter until the child becomes intelligently conscious of his or hers own feelings, until then it’s just an inclination, making pointless decisions that are not really taken into full consideration on what you’ve done until it is programed into the child of wrong and rights.

    There is not really a way to prevent homosexuality until the child reaches the stage of the in-between, where he is learning about him or her self and has a sense of right and wrong, it means coming into a developmental conscious stage in where people can begin to program children as they want them.

    Everything starts out as a inclination of awareness of some sort, then the programs, what is learned must be unlearned. FAKE gay people are children and adults who make choices in there full awareness if wrong and right, and choices to be homosexual or Lesbian because of past issues or self denial of his own learned program, forced into submission or the inclination to rebel, as in the new generations and new age, NOT saying all but many have become Lesbian and homosexual do to fame or riches, egotistic, arrogance, people who seek power over others. All for the wrong reasons.

    Homosexual sex education is false, and it has nothing to do with AIDS, that’s part if the miseducation of the mind, something the health board and sex education have tried to use to ridicule gays, just as non christians would ridicule christians. Sex education in general for both male and female needs to be more addressed in respects of those that of a homosexual nature. No need to be separate. It’s still sex education. The young are just learning how to have safe sex. It’s still sex.

    Teaching bogus topics to kids of kindagargen age is non sense. Truly sexual contact begins somewhere in 1st grade depending on the development of that child cognition. Children are truly becoming something more, then anyone has ever seen. Teaching children about sexuality is a sign of children becoming something greater.

    Sexuality should not be based on ones sexuality or orientation, it should be built on the nature of ones sex or the sex in which one is having.

    Hypocrisy is all around, lies or everywhere, and ignorance is for certain, and guarantied.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:26am
  23. The gay education bill is needed, all the children need to learn the safe way.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:32am
  24. So, when teachers are teaching children of lesbian and gay parents, what will be the result of ANY sort of discussion.

    I can’t wait for the lawsuits to take out this clearly-Christian fundamentalist bigoted law.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:33am
  25. My 7-year-old daughter has gay parents. What happens when she wants to talk about her family in a classroom discussion?

    I volunteered in her 1st grade class yesterday. Kids were very curious about me AND the other lady who drops her off both being her moms. I guess they don’t want me to volunteer in Tennessee.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:21am
  26. First of all, I don’t see if this is constitutional.

    Secondly, if it is, then I propose that we prohibit kids from saying the word ‘republican’ in the classroom. If we pretend they don’t exist they will just go away, right?

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:51am
  27. The school system shouldn’t be pushing this issue in either direction. Sexuality is not something to be “taught” in school. Let’s worry more about test scores and competing in the world market than teaching children something their parents should be fielding. It shouldn’t be illegal to even mention it, but it also shouldn’t be the focus. Personal opinion and morality are subjects better taught at home.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:12am
  28. the younger the better .

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:31am
  29. It’s NOT a focus. ESPECIALLY in Tennessee, I’d bet.

    But now instead of leaving the potential for a young student to open up to a favorite teacher (which may be easier than to their parents), or to a school guidance counselor, they have NO avenue of discussion.

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 1:28pm
  30. Are U kidding Me? What is wrong with U people. Hide the Truth and what is that going to solve?

    Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:32pm
  31. Fear takes many forms. Fear of the unknown, fear of what people think that they know, fear of extremes, but what concerns me is the fear that some K-8 students will face when they don’t fit the “norm” in Tennessee. With the suicide rate of questioning teens 3 times higher than the general teen population, what I fear is seeing another newspaper article about the lose of our precious youth.

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 12:13pm
  32. We should care more about sexual health.CDC reports that there are currently 33 million people living with HIV in the world and members on largest STD support STDdatings,com has reached 600,000+ . You can try it out if you’re living with herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis. No rejection or discrimination because we all understand.

    Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 1:18am
  33. a person’s sexual orientation is not something to be focused on, so fkn what if we’re gay lesbian transgender etc. but we should still put a word bout it, to help ppl like us to realise its not wrong, this bill is just pure stupidity

    Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 3:04pm