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GLBT advocates to protest 'Don't Say Gay' bill

More than 100 people are expected at Wednesday subcommittee hearing to oppose controversial measure

January 16, 2012 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

Over 100 equality advocates will protest the so-called "Don’t Say Gay" bill (HB229) by wearing purple at a state House education subcommittee meeting Wednesday afternoon. The companion Senate bill, SB0049, passed in a modified form in 2011.

Organized by the Tennessee Equality Project’s (TEP) Nashville Committee, the event will bring students, parents, and concerned citizens from around the state to Legislative Plaza to show widespread opposition to a bill that continues to draw national media attention to Tennessee.

“The very existence of this bill sends a bad message about Tennessee at a time when we should look at constructive proposals to make schools safe, welcoming places for all students,” according to TEP Nashville Committee Chair Chris Sanders. “The fact that this is the one of the first bills debated this year makes the citizens of Tennessee wonder how serious our Legislature is about improving our schools.”

In addition to bringing equality advocates to Legislative Plaza on Wednesday, over 600 TEP members and allies have contacted the members of the House Education General Subcommittee to express their opposition to the bill through an online petition.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

The online petition against the "Don’t Say Gay" bill can be found here.

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