Don’t Say Gay — Tennessee Republicans want to ban teachers from saying gay people exist, prior to 9th grade

George Takei takes on the Tennessee Legislature and its “Don’t Say Gay” bill, in the way only George Takei can!


by Michelle Golonka

The Nashville Scene’s Jeff Woods reported that a Tennessee bill that would ban teaching grade schoolers about homosexuality has been passed by a a state House subcommittee on Wednesday. The bill will now go before full legislature.

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill would ban any instruction not related to “natural human reproduction science” until the ninth grade in Tennessee public schools. The bill is premised on the misguided belief that, by not talking about gay people, they will simply disappear.

This bill will not curb talk of homosexuality among grade school students, but instead it would send the wrong message to kids. Homosexuality would be seen as stigmatized among students.

However, several lawmakers argued that it would protect parents’ right to educate their children about their beliefs on their own terms.

I disagree with this sentiment. It is important for a child to recieve a well-rounded education, free of political and religious bias, before forming a personal belief.

Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, supports the proposed bill. DeBerry, an African American who is actively involved in the NAACP, wants to keep the subject of homosexuality out of elementary school classrooms. Does DeBarry not recall when the Tea Party of Tennessee recently attempted to censor slavery from American textbooks so as not to dishonor the founding fathers?

Get it together, Tennessee.

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