TENNESSEE: Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero Celebrates Pride
TENNESSEE: Approves Abstinence-Only Bill - “Gateway Sexual Activity” Leads To Evil
The Tennessee state legislature has approved a bill that restricts all sexual education to lessons on abstinence-only. Because any mention of “gateway sexual activity” will result in an explosion of teen-fucking.The bill defines “gateway sexual activity” as: “sexual conduct encouraging an individual to engage in a non-abstinent behavior.” The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim Gotto, said the bill wouldn’t address things as innocuous as holding hands, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. But critics of the legislation say the offending behavior is not clearly defined. Gotto did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment. According to the News Sentinel, groups like Planned Parenthood and others who provide sex education information in schools could face a $500 fine.
Teen pregnancy rates have consistently been the highest in states that only allow abstinence education. Get ready for a flood of teen abortions and baby mamas, Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to sign the bill.
TENNESSEE: senate Passes Bill That Allows Schools To Teach Creationism
With the misleading wording of the bill of “protecting the right to an open discussion”, schools are now allowed to oppose evolution and climate change. I just can’t help but wonder about the future of the education system in America. All I know is that it ain’t pretty.
NBC’s WBIR reports:
Senators voted 24-8 to pass a bill that says schoolteachers cannot be punished for “helping students to understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories” taught in public schools. The measure has drawn strong opposition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Center for Science Education and the American Civil Liberties Union, which said it is cover for teachers who want to teach creationism or intelligent design. Supporters said the measure would give teachers more guidance to answer students’ questions about science topics. “The idea behind this bill is that students should be encouraged to challenge current scientific thought and theory,” said state Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson.
David Pakman Interviews Homophobe TN State Rep. Stacey Campfield
I love Pakman’s subtle sarcasm, which these christian homophobes hardly recognize.
Michelangelo Signorile Interviews Restaurant Owner That Denied Its Service To Homophobe Rep. Campfield
TENNESSEE: State Rep. Richard Floyd Threatens Trans Women With Violence
The Huffington Post reports:
On Jan. 12 Tennessee State Representative Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga) said he would “stomp a mudhole” into any transgender woman he saw attempting to use a women’s restroom. That phrase means to sexually and violently assault someone to the point where they are unable to fight back.
So far, Rep. Floyd’s comments have been largely ignored and unchallenged by the mainstream media. How could something so incredibly outrageous and disgusting go unreported?
We are living in a world in which transgender people face extremely high rates of violence and discrimination. Every year I attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance and hear a new list of names of trans people who have been murdered. And, sadly, in my workplace, I hear stories of violence and discrimination on a regular basis.
Rep. Floyd’s hateful remarks validate people’s misconceptions about transgender people and incite violence against anyone who is gender-nonconforming.
My heart goes out to all of the Tennesseans who are subjected to this kind of violent language and discrimination.
Tennessee, I think about you every day, and I’ve been talking to my friends and family about how your lawmakers are attacking you and your families.
So many of you are standing strong in the face of recent threats like the "Don’t Say Gay" bill, the"Permission to Bully" bill, and, most recently, the "Police the Potty" bill. Your legislators are talking about beating up transgender women and calling gay people perverted predators. Still, you go about your life like everyone else. Every LGBT person, especially LGBT youth, in Tennessee right now is a hero in my eyes.
One such hero is Marisa Richmond of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC), who has been giving voice to the transgender community and tirelessly advocating for the rights of all Tennesseans for years. When she isn’t organizing in local communities or planning events, she’s right there in the statehouse meeting with legislators who will talk to her about equality.
Now is the time for all of us who are allies to the transgender community to come out proudly and support all the work groups like TTPC and Transgender Law Center do to create a world that treats transgender people and their families with dignity and respect. We will not have a society free from violence until we dismantle rigid gender norms and stereotypes.
So, can Dan Savage be put in the same category as this son of a bitch? No, I don’t fucking think so.
TENNESSEE: Sen. Stacey Campfield Thrown Out Of Restaurant For Anti-Gay Stance
The Advocate reports:
A restaurant has refused to serve Stacey Campfield, the antigay Tennessee state senator leading the charge behind the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, due to his recent string of homophobic comments.
The Knoxville eatery Bistro at the Bijou has received an outpouring of support on its Facebook page after posting that it had asked Campfield to leave after showing up for brunch.
Aside from Campfield’s backing of the bill, which would prohibit any teacher from referencing homosexuality from kindergarten through eighth grade, the senator made a slew of antigay comments during an interview this month with XM Satellite Radio’s Michelangelo Signorile.“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men,” Campfield said. “It was an airline pilot, if I recall. … My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex … very rarely [transmitted].”
Tennessee’s Sen. Campfield Thinks Only Gay Men Can Get HIV-AIDS
Michaelangelo Signorile reports for The Huffington Post:
In an often belligerent and sarcastic tone, GOP State Senator Stacey Campfield, the man who spearheaded Tennessee’s "Don’t Say Gay" bill — which would ban discussion in schools of “sexual orientation other than heterosexuality"— lashed out at arguments against his bill by comparing homosexuality to bestiality and making what public health officials would characterize as recklessly false assertions about AIDS, in addition to other controversial claims, while appearing on my radio program on SiriusXM OutQ.
You can listen to the full Stacey Campfield interview here.
On bullying and suicides by gay teens, including two teens in Tennessee in recent months:
"That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there."
"There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don’t think is appropriate with them and it’s not for the norm for society, and they don’t know how they can get back from that. I think a lot of times these young teens and young children, they find it very hard on themselves and unfortunately some of them commit suicide."
On why only heterosexuality should be discussed in schools:
"I just think there are situations where some kids maybe sexually unsecure [sic] in themselves or sexually confused and don’t necessarily know clearly what direction they are. If someone, a person of influence, says maybe you’re gay, maybe you should explore those things — maybe the child, who is young and impressionable, says maybe I am gay."
"[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school."
On what he called the “glorification” of homosexuality in the media:
"Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it’s 50 percent of the theaters, probably more than that, 50 percent of the theaters based on something about homosexuality."
"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall."
"My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted]."
"What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself."
According the esteemed Canadian infectious disease specialist Jacques Pepin, in his groundbreaking book The Origin of AIDS, DNA evidence now available has shown that the first known case of simian-to-human transmission of HIV occurred in Africa in the 1930s when a hunter killed and chopped up a monkey for food. The monkey’s blood infected an open cut. (There is no evidence of monkey to human sexual transmission). HIV then was transmitted among humans for decades in Africa largely via unprotected heterosexual vaginal sex, which, contrary to Campfield’s claims, the CDC and all public health experts warn is a high risk activity. Today, around the globe, the majority of people with HIV are heterosexual and are infected via heterosexual sex.
The “short lifespan” meme about gay men comes from the claim of far-right, discredited researcher Paul Cameron, which was debunked back in the 1990s. Most recently North Carolina Senator James Forrester made the same claims — that gay men die younger — in an interview on my radio program in defending the antigay marriage amendment he put on the ballot. (He died a few weeks after the interview.)
Just one day after bullying victim Phillip Parker, a gay teen in Tennessee, committed suicide.
"Straight parents: If you know your gay kid is being brutalized in his school and you’ve complained and it’s gotten worse, get him the fuck out of there. Homeschool him. Homeschool him and sue the school. Move away. Move someplace more tolerant. Move someplace better. If you can’t move away—or if you can’t move right away—send your son to live with relatives in another city, a better city. Send him to live with relatives in a state where the elected officials aren’t bullying kids like yours from the fucking statehouse. (Maybe a state where elected officials are working to make things better.)
And straight parents? Once you realize your kid is gay—which parents of gay kids usually realize long before their gay kids realize it themselves—take a long, hard look at the community in which you live. Take a long, hard look at the church where you worship. Take a long, hard look at the schools your kid will be forced to attend.
Then decide if staying put is worth your child’s life.”
Referring to the latest tragedy in Tennessee of the suicide of gay teen Phillip Parker.
TENNESSEE: Gay Teen Commits Suicide Over Anti-Gay Bullying
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Another gay teen has been lost to anti-gay bullying — Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide.
His parents said Phillip was constantly bullied because he was gay.
- More than 100 people gathered in Gordonsville on Saturday night, grieving the loss of Phillip.
- “He was fun, he was energetic, he was happy,” said Gena Parker, Phillip’s mother.
- To his many friends, Phillip was known as the boy who told everyone they’re beautiful.
- “He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest,” said Ruby Harris, Phillip’s grandmother. “He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe.”
- Phillip’s family said they reported their concerns over their son’s bullying to Gordonsville High School on multiple occasions, but the bullying by a group of students just got worse.
- “I believe my whole family up in heaven’s taking good care of him,” said friend Megan Redinger.
- “I want to say I love him dearly,” added friend Heather Hunt. “He’ll never be forgotten. He’s always in my heart.”
- “That’s my son,” said Phillip Parker, Phillip’s father. “I love him. I miss him. He shouldn’t have had to kill himself to be brought to life.”
An official at Smith County Schools told WSMV-TV that they are now planning how to handle a crisis situation with students on Monday.
What about Psychological Violence? That’s as damaging as being physically abused!
Newsy: On Tennessee’s ‘License To Bully’ Bill
What about Psychological Violence? That’s as damaging as being physically abused!
TENNESSEE: Anti-Bullying Law Change Could Allow Anti-Gay Bullying For Religious Reasons
The Huffington Post reports:
Less than one month after a local gay teen took his own life after allegedly being tormented at his high school, a proposed change in a Tennessee law could protect students who engage in anti-gay bullying if they do so for religious reasons.
As local news channel WSMV is reporting, the proposed law change by state lawmakers would allow students to speak out against homosexuality without punishment if that’s what their religious beliefs call for. The bill isreportedly a top priority for the conservativeFamily Action Council of Tennessee — as theChattanooga Times Free Press notes, the group’s December newsletter says it hopes “to make sure [the law] protects the religious liberty and free speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality.”
Added conservative activist David Fowler, a former Republican state senator who is now Family Action Council president: “The purpose is to stop bullying, not create special classes of people who are more important than others.”
Still, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community activists, as well as local student groups, have cited the recent case of Jacob Rogers, who took his own life in December after friends say he was subjected to anti-gay remarks at his high school, in arguments against the law change. Leaders of the LGBT advocacy group Tennessee Equality Project contend the legislation would allow students to hide their irrational biases behind an extreme religious belief,according to the Associated Press.
"This kind of legislation can send a message that it’s ok to hate and we’ll even give you religious sanction for it," Tennessee Equality Project official Chris Sanders tells WSMV. "What if one student calls another one a sinner, or a sodomite or says you’re perverted or you’re unnatural or you are going to hell? That’s where it gets really dicey."
Meanwhile, Fowler reportedly blamed Rogers’ death on the student’s struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as an eating disorder, according to Nashville Scene.
TENNESEE: Rolling Hills Hospital Denies Visitation Rights To Partner of Ill Lesbian
The Tennessean reports:
The chief executive officer of Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin plans to apologize to a lesbian woman who was denied visitation rights with her partner.
Val Burke was not allowed to see her partner who is in the psychiatric hospital’s residential unit — a violation of new federal anti-discrimination guidelines. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in September issued the rules for equal visitation and representation rights.
“It was human error,” said Richard “Rick” Bangert, chief executive officer of Rolling Hills. “They made a mistake. When I learned of it, I immediately met with my staff on Monday. We immediately made the change in terms of making sure that our policy was very clear.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, called on hospitals to review their visitation policies to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
The organization released a joint statement in conjunction with the Tennessee Equality Project.
“Denying a loving partner the right to be with his or her sick loved one shows the very personal side of anti-LGBT discrimination,” said Chris Sanders, chairman of the Tennessee Equality Project.
Bangert said he plans to meet with Burke today.
“I will apologize and work with her directly,” he said. “I take it very personally. This is not representative of the hospital.”
The Human Rights Campaign is asking hospitals to participate in its Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey about policies and procedures related to LGBT people and their families.
“Rolling Hills Hospital fixed the problem immediately, but this serves as a reminder discrimination still exists in the health-care arena and we need to tackle it,” said Paul Guequierre, HRC spokesman.
The organization also has issued a field guide with information on how same-sex couples can prepare for a medical emergency. The HRC recommends that same-sex partners have health-care directives and visitation authorization forms prepared in advance of any medical crisis. Copies of those documents should be carried in a wallet. Details are at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/protecting-your-visitation-decision-making-rights.
I can’t believe this is still happening in the USA. They all better apologize for this, including the Staff that did this.