Tennessee Committee Shuns ‘Modern Family,’ Advances Don’t Say Gay Bill

After a recommendation from chairman Joey Hensley (R) that parents not let their children watch Modern Family because they might learn that gay people exist, the Tennessee House subcommittee advanced Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill yesterday, which prevents teachers in grades K-8 from discussing homosexuality. It passed in the Senate last year, but not in time for the House to also consider it until this year. The language has been changed to limit curricula “exclusively to natural human reproduction science,” but the effect of censoring any acknowledgement of LGBT identities is the same. The full House Education committee will vote on the bill next week.