It’s the stupid measure that won’t die: Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill has resurfaced, and this time it would require educators to tell queer students to go to a psychiatrist—and hand them a referral.
A previous addition forcing teachers to out kids to their parents has been scrapped.
Rep. John Ragan came up with the “call a psychiatrist” angle, though the original bill was the brainchild of Sen. Stacey Campfield.
Knoxville’s WBIR reports:
A measure in the works in the Tennessee legislature would bar school personnel from advising students on “mental health” issues, ‘lifestyle’ choices or other conditions or activities outside career and educational counseling” unless they have been licensed as a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.
Teachers, counselors and principals instead would be asked to give students a referral for psychiatric care if they bring up mental health or lifestyle issues.
And, yes, the amendment defines homosexuality as “a lifestyle issue.”
Well, maybe its safer for queer kids to see licensed professionals—certainly more so than approaching their elected officials.
In its original form, the bill prohibited any discussion of homosexuality, particularly during sex-ed classes, between kindergarten and the eighth grade. While it passed the state senate, the bill died in the house after lawmakers realized there were no sex-ed classes in Tennessee schools until the ninth grade.