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‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Returns With Added Requirement To Tell Parents Their Kids Are Gay

3:40 pm - 01/30/2013
Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield has reintroduced his infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with enhancements, including the tattletale clause requiring school teachers and counselors to tell parents if their kids are gay, under various scenarios. Campfield recently introduced a bill that would cut welfare to families if their children don’t perform well in school, calling it a step toward “breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill drew national attention during the two years it was debated, until it died an embarrassing death. The bill originally prohibited schools to discuss homosexuality, specifically during sex ed classes up to the eighth grade. Campfield’s ”Don’t Say Gay” bill passed in the Senate, but ultimately died in the House when lawmakers finally realized Tennessee public schools don’t have sex ed classes until after the eighth grade.

It took Tennessee’s elected officials two years of debate and countless taxpayer dollars, not to mention nationwide ridicule, to figure this out.

But now, Campfield’s “new and improved” ”Don’t Say Gay” bill has been updated.

SB 0234 (PDF), the “Classroom Protection Act,” notes that “certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home,” (“Don’t Say Gay!”)

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.

Here’s the kicker:

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. [Bolding ours]

We’re assuming in Campfield’s mind, homosexuality is “inconsistent with natural human reproduction,” although no doubt we could challenge that claim and win.

Campfield then adds this delightful romp though fascism:

LEA (local education agency) policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall not prohibit:

(1) Any instructor from answering in good faith any question or series of questions, germane and material to the course, asked of the instructor and initiated by a student or students enrolled in the course;

So, this “good faith” scenario is enshrined into law:

Student: Is homosexuality natural?

Teacher: No.

Then, two long sections that easily are interpreted to include a scenario where a student approaches a trusted teacher, says they think they might be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender:

Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.

And if anyone doubts Campfield’s intentions, or his point of view, let’s remember this is Stacey Campfield, the man who has said repeatedly that it is “virtually impossible” to contract HIV/AIDS through heterosexual sex. In that same interview, Campfield (falsely) said that ”most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall….”

Campfield has also claimed:

[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school.

And despite Tennessee’s sadly numerous anti-gay bullying teen suicides, Senator Campfield has said, “bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”


I need to calm the fuck down before I write him an email because otherwise I will get arrested for violent imagery. Maybe I'll just tell him to walk barefoot through a room of legos in the dark.
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grazie 30th-Jan-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Fuck this guy.

I'm so ready to be done with Tennessee forever.
girly123 30th-Jan-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality

Fucking nothing about these two sentences makes sense.
nitasee 30th-Jan-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
You noticed that too. One sentence contradicts the other.

He's an moron.
iolarah 30th-Jan-2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. All he needs now is to try to pass some kind of law that interferes with women's health, or targets immigrants or POC in general, to complete the asshole trifecta.
umi_mikazuki 30th-Jan-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, he has.

bmh4d0k3n 30th-Jan-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
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vulturoso 30th-Jan-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
This gif is brilliantly appropriate.
nitasee 30th-Jan-2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
“bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

Yeah, it's just a lark. A laugh a minute. That's why so many bullied kids attempt to kill themselves. All in good fun. All in good fun, right.

I really want to hurt this guy.
crossfire 30th-Jan-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
sunktheglow 30th-Jan-2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't it be amazing if instead of singling out people that love differently that us (different races, genders, etc.), society collectively hated marginalizing assholes instead?
moonshaz 1st-Feb-2013 10:27 am (UTC)
I would move to that society tomorrow!
starbeams 30th-Jan-2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications.

Or, you could have a normal child totally get it without batting an eye. My 2 year old niece is well aware she has 2 aunties that are together. She thinks nothing strange of all relationship combinations, and it's actually pretty cool to watch her grow up with this being normal since it was very much the opposite for me growing up (my girlfriend's family is pretty awesome though tbh)

This is turning into a wall of text, but the librarian in my high school my sophomore year found my notebook where I had been writing a note to my girlfriend that was a senior. She turned it into the principal who then called my dad in for a meeting to tell him the contents. There was not a single thing wrong in it, just that I had said that she's the best girlfriend I've ever had. My dad has not been consistently awesome through all of this, but when he balled up the piece of paper and threw it at the principal and said "how is this any one's business but hers? how is this affecting her classwork or behavior?" before storming out, it was pretty amazing =/ (he still thinks it's just a phase though lol) Someone else could end up in that situation and it would be disastrous.
lovedforaday 30th-Jan-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think these guys see it as a badge of pride when the ~librul media reports what gigantic fucking asshole bigots they are
crossfire 30th-Jan-2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think the same thing too.
lickbrains 30th-Jan-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Not enough profanities in the English language could truly encapsulate my disdain for this monster.
evilnel 30th-Jan-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
There is so much wrong with this I don't even know where to begin. Holy misinformation, batman!

Making teacher "report" GLBT students strikes me as another really good way to solidify people thinking sexual orientation is somehow dangerous or subversive. It's brilliant, in a sickening, manipulative sort of way.

This just hurts my brain so much I don't know what to do with my outrage.
redstar826 30th-Jan-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
it pretty much forces lgbt kids to remain closeted if they aren't sure how their parents will react.
crossfire 30th-Jan-2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Edited at 2013-01-30 09:43 pm (UTC)
jettakd 30th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
This will get some poor kid killed, I just know it.
tabaqui 30th-Jan-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
FUCK THIS GUY. Just fuck him. So *sick* of this.
gloraelin 30th-Jan-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
*insert george takai "you are a total douchebag" .gif here*
hey_kayla_jay 31st-Jan-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
I've never heard of this Campfield dickbag before the last post here about welfare riding on kids grades, but I gotta say he's really making a name for himself in the world of bigoted politicians who refuse to pull their heads out of their asses.
dw_10rosefan 31st-Jan-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Fuck you Campfield. Homophobic jerk.
yesthatnagia 31st-Jan-2013 02:05 am (UTC)
Holy christ I hate my state. This could get someone fucking killed.
grey853 31st-Jan-2013 02:20 am (UTC)
OMG, WTF? This is a ridiculous and cruel bill on so many levels, I just can't even articulate how angry it makes me. If someone had outed me when I was in school, I would've been thrown out of my home or worse.

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simply_blah 31st-Jan-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
This asshole again!

wikilobbying 31st-Jan-2013 03:31 am (UTC)
can we just pack him up and send him to the sun already?
kyra_neko_rei 31st-Jan-2013 07:29 am (UTC)
SB 0234 (PDF), the “Classroom Protection Act,” notes that “certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home,”

In a world that sometimes matches gay kids with homophobic parents, this is the worst idea anyone could possibly come up with to deal with this.

These "subjects" are best explained and discussed where gay kids can get accepting, non-condemnatory information---and where straight kids can learn not to be bullies. Sometimes that set of circumstances is present in a child's home, but not always.
kyra_neko_rei 31st-Jan-2013 07:34 am (UTC)
any such classroom instruction, course materials or other informational resources that are inconsistent with natural human reproduction

What the hell does this mean, anyway? No instruction, course materials or informational resources known to humanity are going to interfere with human reproduction in and of themselves. Heck, even being gay doesn't necessarily interfere with human reproduction, given little details like insemination and surrogacy.

Being gay is no more a preventer of reproduction than eating cheeseburgers is---you can enjoy either and still go off and reproduce. (Seriously---this needs some kids protesting algebra, geology, and grammar on the basis that they are just as "inconsistent with reproduction" as any information on homosexuality is.
paksenarrion2 31st-Jan-2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Dear Campfield. Kindly perish in a conflagration you pustule infested boil on the nether regions of a dung beetle.
jaded110 31st-Jan-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Can we shoot this fucker into the sun? Or would that be too much of a waste of taxpayer's money?

This is such a civil rights violation I can't even... At the very LEAST, it violates countless people's right to privacy.

Edited at 2013-01-31 03:39 pm (UTC)
lizzy_someone 1st-Feb-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
This is one of the times I dearly wish that I believed in hell. Anyone who proposes outing a child to their parents deserves to fucking burn alive. If I had come out to any of my teachers and they had outed me, I probably would have been borderline suicidal.
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