Meanwhile, a similar bill in Missouri was buried after causing a huge controversy last year. Jason Gulledge, a teacher from Knoxville, said: According to a study conducted in part by the Williams Institute, up to 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT. Tennessee has previously passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amended version would limit instruction to "natural human reproduction science", but has left those terms undefined.
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Gay rights activists urge Tennessee to halt passage of 'don't say gay' bill
An amendment to the re-filed bill reads, in part: That bill passed despite stiff opposition from leaders in the state's four largest cities, Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville, who were concerned that businesses might be put off from setting up in the state. This wording leaves a lot of leeway for teachers and authorities to determine when and if a situation requires telling parents about their child's sexuality, notes ThinkProgress. He said that the bill was transparently drawn up as an attack on gay people, and was not addressing any issue in the school system. According to a study conducted in part by the Williams Institute, up to 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT. Gay rights activists are mounting a last-ditch push to stop legislation that would ban any discussion of homosexuality in Tennessee schools, in a move they fear will encourage similar laws across the US.
The proposed legislation, officially titled the " Classroom Protection Act ," was not put to a final vote at the end of last year's General Assembly, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel, but one of its sponsors warned it would be re-filed if "alternative lifestyles" were being promoted in the state school system. An amendment to the re-filed bill reads, in part: The controversial 'don't say gay' bill has already passed the state's senate, and is expected to receive a second vote on Tuesday. The site goes on to comment that being rejected by family members is a major cause of homelessness among LGBT youth. However, the measure provides that " Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention.