Skip to main content

I finally can share the news now that the Tennessee legislative session is finished."

"Don't Say Gay" is dead.

Due to extensive lobbying and phone calls, the "Don't Say Gay" bill is dead.

The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) sent out this email yesterday:

With the final gavel marking the end of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, we can safely announce the defeat of the "Don't Say Gay" bill (HB229/SB049)! And Knoxville made Tennessee proud tonight as the latest local government to approve an employment non-discrimination ordinance that includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity!

Tennessee Equality Project fought the Don't Say Gay bill for six long years. In the last two years, sponsors Sen. Stacey Campfield and Rep. Joey Hensley made it their mission to marginalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and families in Tennessee's public schools.

But they did not succeed!

I've known it was essentially dead for a few weeks but was asked not to share by the lobbyists involved.

This is great news...but still more work is to be done.

Also, in related Tennessee news...

The Knoxville city council voted unanimously in favor of a non-discrimination ordinance.  This is the first local government in Tennessee to enact a LGBT-inclusive ordinance with no opposition.

Forward we go...

Originally posted to Patrick is Lucky on Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:48 AM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action, Nashville KosKats, Three Star Kossacks, and Angry Gays.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site