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TENNESSEE: New Version Of "Don't Say Gay" Bill Includes Outing Students

You may recall GOP Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield's continuing attempt to ban any mention of homosexuality or LGBT people in public schools.  Campfield has reintroduced his bill in the new legislative session, this time with the command that schools notify parents if their child is deemed to be "at risk" of having the gay.  Think Progress has some excerpts from Campfield's bill:
The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications [...]  A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Campfield's bill first passed before the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2011, and then passed out of the House Education Committee in February 2012. It did not pass before either full chamber.   In January 2012 Campfield was booted out of a Knoxville cafe by its owners, who were angry about the  bill. Also in January 2012 Campfield appeared on the Michelangelo Signorile Show to declare that "straight people don't get AIDS."

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