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Okay just so everyone knows, the bill that passed was scaled back a bit. Instead of no one in schools being able to talk about homosexuality, now you can talk about it just not in planned material(aka:the classroom). Just thought i’d clear this up and post this video.

in other news, our new slogan: It’s okay, to be takei!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110520/us_yblog_thelookout/bill-prohibiting-gay-mention-in-school-passes-tenn-senate-activist-protests-with-viral-video

Okay I apoligize for not putting this up yesterday, I didn’t have internet. But the bill did pass the senate yesterday by an 11 to 19 vote. The house cannot vote on it until next year because they have closed for the year. I watched the senate session and the big argument used by it’s opponents was ‘this bill contradicts itself’.

It is very unfortunate that Tennessee has decided to ignore such a large part of the state by not talking about how this would hurt the gay communitee in the debate.

When the house rolls back into town you can be sure we say gay will be fighting against this bill.

Votes for bill: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Crowe, Gresham, Henry, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, McNally, Norris, Roberts, Southerland, Summerville, Tracy, Watson, Woodson, Yager, Mr. Speaker Ramsey.

Against the bill: Barnes, Berke, Burks, Ford, Harper, Haynes, Herror, Kyle, Marrero, Steward, Tate.

The bill has been moved to Tomorrow, Thursday the 19th and the online petition has 4850+ signatures.

If you want to get calls in, go to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/ to find your senator and how to contact them.

If anyone out their wants to hear about what happens to the bill but doesn’t want to check the site daily, I have started a mailing list. Just email me if you want to be on it and I will email you whenever the bill is brought up.

My email is Wesaygay@gmail.com

The bill has been moved back again, to Thursday, the 12th. Also known as tomorrow.

The online petition has 4350+ signatures. If you haven’t signed yet it’s http://www.thepetitionsite.com/131/petition-against-the-dont-say-gay-bill-sb0049/

I just realized the website has a video of the session. The bill was not brought to the floor and the senate spent a full 7 seconds on the topic of the bill. Senator Stacy Campfield, the Bills sponsor, moved it back to wednesday.

According to the Tennessee state legislatures website, The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill sbo049 will be on the floor tomorrow. I don’t know if it will be voted on or not but if you haven’t called your state senator in a while now would be the opportune time.

I can’t include every senator’s number in this post unfortunately, but here is stacy campfield’s(the bills sponser and knoxville’s senator) number: 615-741-1766

Here is a link to the rest: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/

Just to keep you updated, we personally brought the written petition, with 1044 signatures to Joe Hanes office(He’s our senator here in eastern nashville). The next day he saw it and they put our little petition on the news, as well as he plans on reading the cover letter for the petition this thursday when they talk about the bill.

The online petition is at 3900 signatures as of this post.

If you want to see the news video for our petition, it’s right here: http://www.wkrn.com/category/175880/video-landing-page?clipId=5821676&topVideoCatNo=126088&autoStart=true&redirected=true

Today the news came by my school and interviewed me; I spoke on behalf of the we say gay commitee here at mcgavock and it shall be showing at 5 and 6 on channel 2(nashville news) to all who wish to watch. For those outside of nashville go to http://www.wkrn.com/category/175880/video-landing-page?clipId=5821676&topVideoCatNo=126088&autoStart=true&redirected=true

Representative Joe Hanes has said that he plans to read from the petition when the bill comes to the senate floor.

We turned in the written petition today, it had 1044 signatures. As we don’t know if the senate will vote on it tomorrow or not, we did not end the online petition. So you can still sign that. At the moment we are just under 3000 signatures for the online petition. If the bill is delayed again that could jump to 6000 by the next time it’s on the Tennessee state senate’s agenda.

And if you missed that, they are voting on it tomorrow. I don’t have enough time to post every state senator and their phone number, but you can click on this link to take you to the page with all the senators and their phone numbers: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/

Call if you can.

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