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Civil Rights

Gay, Bullied 11 Year Old Boy Wins Fight Against Anti-Gay Lawmaker And StudentsFirst

by David Badash ● 4:08 PM June 5, 2013
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Eleven-year old Marcel Neergaard has quickly won his fight against an anti-gay lawmaker and StudentsFirst, thanks to the help of LGBT activists and over 50,000 allies who signed a MoveOn.org petition.

News

Bullied Gay 11 Year Old Explains How ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bills Lead Him To Consider Suicide

by David Badash ● 11:44 AM June 4, 2013
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Marcel Neergaard is a very intelligent and brave eleven-year old boy whose parents were forced to homeschool him because of “severe” anti-gay bullying fueled by Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.

Education

Right Wing Education Reform Org: We Didn’t Know Our ‘Reformer Of The Year’ Was Anti-Gay

by David Badash ● 10:10 AM April 30, 2013
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StudentsFirst yesterday was forced to issue a statement on Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, after having awarded the bill’s author and top House sponsor, Rep. John Ragan, the “Reformer Of The Year” award.

Bigotry Watch

Michelle Rhee’s Education ‘Reformer Of The Year’ Is ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Author

by David Badash ● 1:49 PM April 27, 2013
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Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst claims to be a “grassroots movement,” but in reality it’s a PAC that funds anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-education Republican lawmakers and awards them for policies that hurt students and teachers.

Bigotry Watch

Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Dies From Extreme Homophobia

by David Badash ● 8:00 AM March 27, 2013
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Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill has died an exquisite, almost karmic death, after it was made it even more homophobic than before.

Discrimination

New ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Forces Teachers To Tell Gay Kids They Need A Psychiatrist

by David Badash ● 7:00 AM March 13, 2013
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The latest version of Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill would require teachers to tell gay students they need a psychiatrist, and literally hand them a referral.

Bigotry Watch

GOP Lawmaker Who Calls Gays Not ‘Mentally Healthy’ Introduces New ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

by David Badash ● 12:52 PM February 15, 2013
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A Republican lawmaker introduced a new “Don’t Say Gay” bill into the Tennessee House yesterday, as a companion to infamous state senator Stacey Campfield’s updated and strengthen anti-gay legislation.

Bigotry Watch

The Obnoxious, Unrepentant Anti-Gay Bigotry Of Tennessee Rep. John Ragan

by Scott Rose ● 2:29 PM January 29, 2012
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John Ragan has aggressively promoted anti-gay hate speech in his capacity as a Tennessee State Representative. Here’s more evidence of his ignorance and bigotry.

Bigotry Watch

Day After Gay Teen’s Suicide, Lawmaker Says Gays Not “Mentally Healthy Adult Human Beings”

by David Badash ● 3:05 PM January 24, 2012
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A Tennessee lawmaker one day after the suicide a gay Tennessee teen, wrote a constituent telling her that a gay person is not a “mentally healthy adult human being.”