In this new video, openly gay actor George Takei takes on the Tennessee state legislature and its “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The bill would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms, because, according to the bill’s sponsor, “homosexuality is a learned behavior.”
Takei offers an alternative to the word “gay” — watch:
Some students believe if the bill passes, it would prevent teachers from curbing bullying in the classroom, especially if the target is a gay student.
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.”