American Academy Of Pediatrics: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Is ‘Harmful To The Best Interests Of The Children’

Opposition is growing to Missouri’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as the state’s Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics joins a teachers’ group in opposing the measure. “This bill, which would prohibit any discussion of issues around sexual orientation in public schools, forbid teachers from addressing bullying based on sexual orientation, and likely ban gay-straight alliances, is clearly harmful to the best interests of the children of Missouri,” Dr. Stuart C. Sweet said. “All children and teenagers need to feel safe in their schools, and HB 2051 takes that assurance away from them. Rather, we would urge lawmakers to institute public policy that will help children feel safe in their schools and will ensure that their voice will always be heard.”