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Will Tennessee teachers have to out gay students?

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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Will Tennessee teachers have to out gay students?
A pending "don't say gay" bill could force K-12 educators to inform parents if their child is — or may be — gay
Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been trying to push his anti-gay laws for several years.
Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been trying to push his anti-gay laws for several years.
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In 2011, Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) earned the ire of gay-rights supporters by authoring and championing a "don't say gay" bill, forbidding teachers to even mention homosexuality to kids from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The bill passedout of the relevant committees of both the state House and Senate, but expired at the end of the legislative session in 2012. Well, "it's back," says Katie McDonough at Salon. "And it's awful," even worse than the previous version. Why? This time, Campfield added new language in the bill that "would require teachers to tell parents when students are — or might be — gay." Here's the relevant section of the bill:

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. At grade levels pre-K through eight (pre-K-8), any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited....

LEA policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall not prohibit... 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. [PDF]

What is Campfield thinking? Well first, unlike lawmakers in California, who banned the controversial gay "conversion" therapy for minors, says Salon's McDonough, Campfield is apparently a fan of the practice "('counseling' in the bill's nomenclature), in which psychologists and psychiatrists... try to change the recipient's sexual orientation." Many states require teachers to report "any signs of child being abused, depressed, or suicidal" to parents or higher authorities, says Ilana Glazer at The Daily Beast, and Campfield apparently believes that "being gay is so abnormal, it must be reported so that such behavior can be thwarted." Still:

This Tennessee bill, coupled with the recent Boy Scout debate, seems to be part of a disturbing trend. While equality battles up until now have been about LGBT rights for adults, the debate has now shifted to a point where children are becoming collateral damage. [Daily Beast]

Campfield mostly "seems determined that his name will forever more be synonymous with the term 'gay-bashing,'" says Jackson Baker at the Memphis Flyer. That, and making a name for himself, period. It's hard to escape the fact that this new "don't say gay" bill actually does let you "say 'gay' if you must, but say it out of the hearing of the Regular Kids and in a way that isolates the suspected or known outliers and makes them squirm. Call it Tough Love. Call it The Cure." Luckily, "we will hazard here the prediction that Campfield's newest philippic against the state of gaydom will ultimately meet the fate of his first effort" — death by inaction.

Let's hope so, says Annie-Rose Strasser at ThinkProgress. "Family rejection is a serious risk for LGBT youth," often leading to depression or suicide. And if this legislation does pass, plenty more gay kids will surely "face alienation, if not outright abandonment," and the state will be saddled with an epidemic of marginalized or homeless children.


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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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Earth to Tennessee...



Gaydar isnt real. Gets your heads out of your asses guys, this law is an embarassment to the entire nation.
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lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

 What a moron. The whole thing is ridiculous. But this is the part that makes me sick:

What is Campfield thinking? Well first, unlike lawmakers in California, who banned the controversial gay "conversion" therapy for minors, says Salon's McDonough, Campfield is apparently a fan of the practice "('counseling' in the bill's nomenclature), in which psychologists and psychiatrists... try to change the recipient's sexual orientation." Many states require teachers to report "any signs of child being abused, depressed, or suicidal" to parents or higher authorities, says Ilana Glazer at The Daily Beast, and Campfield apparently believes that "being gay is so abnormal, it must be reported so that such behavior can be thwarted." Still

 

 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM
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o.O

You know, i would have my son go to school wearing the most gay friendly shit in the world, just to troll. (If he wanted... lol) I would probably troll too, just because I enjoy it.

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM

 Aside from horrible, this is pointless. Noone can force a teacher to notice behavior like that. Any and all teachers who disagree with the law can simply 'not notice' certain behaviors.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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Alrighty then.


 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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This guy is an oxygen thief.
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Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

 Oh my oh my oh my.

LAHnTAH0812
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM
WOW.
while i agree sexuality in any form shouldn't be discussed until maybe middle school, this is a HUGE VIOLATION OF PRIVACY, children have rights too!
what if some poor gay kids teachers tell his violent, homophobic father... next day on the news, dad beat his gay son to death... THANKS, SCHOOL SYSTEMS.
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Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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Quoting Sekirei:

o.O

You know, i would have my son go to school wearing the most gay friendly shit in the world, just to troll. (If he wanted... lol) I would probably troll too, just because I enjoy it.

 

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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I find myself astonished that any one would ever consider this or feel this is, in any way, justified.

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