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Tennessee ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay

Tennessee’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay‘ bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year. But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.

The bill, SB 234, still bars Tennessee teachers from discussing any facet of “non-heterosexual” sexuality with children in grades K-8. But the newest iteration also includes a provision requiring teachers or counselors to inform the parents of some students who identify themselves as LGBT. State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), who authored the bill the first time around and again introduced it this time, calls out students who might be “at risk,” but leaves the interpretation of that behavior to the teacher:

The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications [...]

A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred

Family rejection is a serious risk for LGBT youth. Kids who are LGBT often face alienation, if not outright abandonment, because they come out. Forty percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and many of them report that the reason they left home was to escape an environment hostile to their sexual orientation. LGBT youth who experience family rejection are at high risk for depression and suicide.

by Anonymousreply 801/31/2013

I am surprised that they have not yet introduced the 'final solution' for gay teenagers where they are shipped off to camps and then gassed.

'We are sorry to inform you that your son/daughter is not able to come home, because he/she was caught to be of the homosexual persuasion and was therefore required by law to be sent immediately to a more suitable facility which is able to deal with his/her special and abnormal needs.

Yours truly

school principal'.

by Anonymousreply 101/31/2013

This is awful - leaves the children open to physical abuse from the parents. Truly, no child left behind.

by Anonymousreply 201/31/2013

I hope Dolly Parton campaigns against this.

by Anonymousreply 301/31/2013

The sponsor of this bill is named Stacey and this is his pic. It's only a matter of time before he exposes himself in an airport men's room.

by Anonymousreply 401/31/2013

[quote]I hope Dolly Parton campaigns against this.

She didn't say a thing about last year's bill and she won't say a thing about this one either. She is a business woman first and foremost.

by Anonymousreply 501/31/2013

Nuke Nashville.

by Anonymousreply 601/31/2013

Ugh, this is like something from the 50s. The 1850s.

Most of the big names in country music live in Nashville. It would be cool if some of them spoke out against this (they probably won't though)

by Anonymousreply 701/31/2013

"A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians"

This is a massive violation of counselor-patient confidentiality. In fact, it makes counseling useless because no kid with any sense will open up to a counselor who'll rat him out to the parents.

by Anonymousreply 801/31/2013
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