By John Celock, Huffington Post — April 23
Republican lawmakers in Missouri are defending their controversial bill to ban the teaching of sexual orientation in schools as a way to prevent students from learning about the “homosexual agenda,” the “heterosexual agenda” and bestiality.
A group of 20 Republican state representatives introduced the so-called “don’t say gay” bill last week to prevent the teaching of sexual orientation in public schools, with the exception of classes relating to human reproduction. The group includes some of the most powerful Republicans in the Missouri legislature — House Speaker Steve Tilley (R-Perryville), Majority Leader Tim Jones (R-Eureka) and the Rep. John Diehl (R- Town & Country) who chairs the Rules Committee .
- Fact: Missouri LGBT students frequently hear homophobic, sexist, and offensive remarks regarding their gender expression.
- Fact: Most LGBT students have been victimized at school; reporting of incidents are limited and when reported, offending parties are not reprimanded.
- Fact: Most LGBT students in Missouri do not have access to support or resources.
Check out - OktoSayGay.org - read testimonies of why this extreme bill is wrong:
Jen, St. Louis: ”As a person who works in the field of child abuse prevention and anti-bullying prevention, I find this bill to be horrifying, barbaric and embarrassing. Too many kids are afraid to go to school and too many kids are harming themselves because a bunch of closed-minded jerks are afraid of LGBT individuals. The more LGBT issues are talked about, the safer these kids will be.”
Kyle, Raytown: “It is completely unacceptable to not allow one person to be proud of who they are as an individual. How are you going to restrict one person simply for being born the way they are”
Jessica, Kansas City: “It’s not just about not talking about LGBT issues, its a life or death situation for some. Taking away the support system for these kids is just plain wrong. There needs to be a safe place for these kids to go to a teacher at school and tell them that there being bullied… I beg you not to take away the support system for these kids.”
Cody: “I was harassed all through high school. This did not occur on a weekly basis, or even a daily basis. No, harassment because of my perceived sexual orientation took place on an HOURLY basis. I seriously contemplated suicide, all based on the hateful and hurtful things I heard at school (and at home) on an hourly basis. It’s far beyond time to do the right thing in Missouri! It is time to pass the Safe Schools Act and send a strong NO to HB2051.”
Russell: ”Making gay kids feel invisible is a very destructive act. We need to be inclusive of all students all the time! It’s completely OK to say ‘gay!’ Stop the bigotry.”
Chris: “People are people. It’s 2012. We shouldn’t be going backwards.”