Thanks to an email from the Tennessee Equality Project, I finally found some links to language of the "right to bully" bill now being considered in the Tennessee legislature:
Bill information on HB 1153 (a page at the TN General Assembly website)
HB 1153 (pdf)
SB0760 (TN senate version of HB 1153)
I have been relying on TNEP for news on LGBTQ issues in Tennessee...and there are many. I find this state to be pretty homophobic (as well as Islamophobic and xenophobic), and racial injustice is pervasive...lots of reasons to "Raise Cain" in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Equality Project works to promote equality throughout Tennessee and to serve as advocates of change by:
- fighting any legislation in the State of Tennessee that would endanger the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens
- actively pursuing measures that would provide protection for the GLBT community at both the state and local levels
- educating citizens on the importance of lobbying their elected officials
- providing the resources and training to assist through statewide initiatives
TNEP is organizing action against the "Right to Bully" Bill as well as last year's "Don't Say Gay" Bill. Here is the "take action" section from the TNEP email today, in case you are interested:
Take action today to promote safety in Tennessee Schools:
- Send a message opposing the License to Bully bill to the House and Senate Education Committees.
- Send another message to lawmakers to vote against the Don't Say Gay bill in the House Subcommittee on Education.
- Become a sustaining donor to the Tennessee Equality Project by participating in the 12+12+12 campaign. Donate at least $12 for 12 months in 2012 to promote safe schools and promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in Tennessee.