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Tennessee Dont Say Gay Bill

Taking a Stand Against Anti-Gay Bullying (VIDEO)

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcel Neergaard

During my first year in middle school, I experienced severe bullying. I was called terrible names that were quite hurtful. At that time, I had just realized that I'm gay, and the bullies used the word "gay" as an insult. This made me feel like being gay was horrible.

Tennessee State Rep. John 'Don't Say Gay' Ragan Insists He's Not Anti-Gay

Scott Wooledge | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

In his view, it isn't an anti-gay bill but a "mental health bill" that says that school officials must "notify parents or legal guardians in the manner specified by law for such a medical referral" if a child is, among other things, suspected of being LGBTQ.

StudentsFirst's Weak Response To Backlash Over Honoring John Ragan, Anti-Gay Tennessee Lawmaker

Scott Wooledge | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

It's some excuse making rolled up with some happy PR talk: "We love gay and transgender kids!" But there's no concrete promise of making any changes to their criteria for honoree selection or their fundraising efforts or really any action at all, promised or delivered.

Don't Say It!

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Word is going to be bandied about quite often throughout day by all sorts of people, no matter how hard I may try to get people to remove it from their vocabulary. Word is still present. Word still exists. Word does not disappear just because I choose not to use word in this essay.

What Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Would Have Done To Me

Parenting.com | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Parenting.com

Campfield's latest version of the bill would require teachers or school administrators to out suspected gay youth to their parents. I suspect that Campfield misunderstands how kids, even young kids, figure out who they are -- and how important it is not to interfere with that process.

'Don't Say Gay' Bill's Sponsor Appears To Debate Critics In Comments Section

Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The state politician responsible for Tennessee's controversial and recently revived "Don't Say Gay" bill apparently responded to some of his critics M...

State's Controversial 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Is Back, Now Requires Teachers To Out Students

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A controversial Tennessee bill that would stop teachers from discussing sexuality with their students has been resurrected in the state legislature, a...

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Gets The Axe

Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

A controversial bill in Tennessee meant to restrict public school discussion of sexuality and LGBT issues is set to die without a vote after the key G...

WATCH: Tennessee Representative Says Bad Parenting, Not Bullying, Leads Teens To Suicide

Posted 04.25.2012 | Gay Voices

A Tennessee-based lawmaker raised more than a few eyebrows this week after suggesting that children who were committing suicide were doing so because ...

High School Principal Allegedly Tells Students, 'If You're Gay, You're Going To Hell'

Posted 07.23.2012 | Gay Voices

More startling news out of Tennessee: a local school principal stands accused of making blatantly homophobic statements toward her students. As AB...

State Delays Controversial Anti-Gay Bill

The Huffington Post | Anna Staver | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

Although GOP state leadership has asked him to back off the issue, the Republican sponsor of Tennessee's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill will continue ...

Michelangelo Signorile

Restaurant Owner Who Kicked Out Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Senator Describes Encounter

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.31.2012 | Gay Voices

The owner of a Knoxville eatery says refusing to serve Tennessee GOP state Sen. Stacey Campfield last Sunday was a "kind of spur of the moment gut rea...

LISTEN: Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Senator Confirms He Was Kicked Out Of Restaurant

Posted 01.31.2012 | Gay Voices

The Republican senator at the forefront of Tennessee's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill proposal has confirmed reports that he was kicked out of a K...

WATCH: Matthew Shepard's Father Speaks Out Against Controversial 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay Voices

The father of slain gay student Matthew Shepard has joined the chorus of dissenting voices urging Tennessee voters to resist proposed anti-LGBT legisl...

Michelangelo Signorile

Tennessee Senator Behind 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Sounds Off On Bullying, AIDS And Homosexual 'Glorification'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay Voices

In an often belligerent and sarcastic tone, GOP State Senator Stacey Campfield, the man who spearheaded Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill -- which woul...

Tennessee's Coming Storm Of Anti-LGBT Legislation

Brandon Thomas | Posted 03.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Brandon Thomas

Not only is it going to take every Tennessean who believes in equality to help fight this horrible legislation, but it is also going to take people across the nation to shut down these unrepentant, negative, and regressive mindsets.