Tennessee‘s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill has died an exquisite, almost karmic death. The contentious legislation died in a House subcommittee after Tennessee Republican state Representative John Ragan reworked state senator Stacey Campfield‘s bill to make it even more homophobic than before.
“I’m disappointed,” Rep. Ragan told the AP. “I thought it was a good bill. It was about school safety.”
Because to John Ragan’s mind, LGBTQ children are dangerous and a threat to others –even talking about homosexuality is considered a threat.
Rep. Ragan “had planned to amend the legislation to require principals or counselors to identify students who might be a potential threat, but he never got a chance to do so,” the AP added.
Ragan has called gay people not “mentally healthy.”
The bill, now an annual event thanks to the rabidly anti-gay Republican Senator Campfield, will return next year, no doubt in an even more anti-gay form.
This year’s bill included mandates for outing gay or questioning children to their parents, and literally telling any child who discusses with teachers or school personnel they need a psychiatrist — and handing them a referral slip.
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