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"Don't Say Gay Bill" Requires Teachers to Tell Parents About Gay Students

The Tennessee legislature has just reintroduced a controversial bill that would prohibit pre-K through eight-grade students being taught any material that is "inconsistent with natural human reproduction."

Called the "Don't Say Gay Bill," critics fear that it could prevent teachers and administrators from responding to anti-LGBT bullying or stop counselors from working with those who are struggling with their sexuality. 

Though the bill states that it does not prohibit school officials from discussing sexuality with students, it requires parents to be notified when a student approaches a school official about their homosexuality. 

Chris Sanders, member of the Tennessee Equality Project, said it "seems to force counselors to become tattletales."

"They have to inform the parents after counseling takes place," he said. "That requirement will erode the trust between students and counselors and leave students without any confidential resource in a place where they might be enduring bullying or other issues related to their sexuality, gender, or other factors."



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