Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tennessee Outlaws the Word "Gay" in the Classroom

I really don't have much to say about this, because it pretty much speaks for itself.  The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that makes it illegal to even use the word gay in classrooms for fear of recruitment or some such thing.

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

"But when it came before the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, contended current 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.

"Campfield contends homosexuality is being discussed in classrooms. Spokesmen for the Board of Education and the state Department of Education told the committee they are unaware of any such activity."

Anybody who has grown up gay knows that sometimes the compassion of our teachers is all we have.  Good job, Tennessee Senate, for successfully isolating our gay youth and putting them further at risk to harm themselves.  Aces!

The awesomely named Unicorn Booty makes an impassioned plea for rationality and compassion.  Click the link below to read it.


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