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Measure Would Ban Word “Gay” From MO Schools

Allison Blood
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) -  A bill currently up for debate in the Missouri House of Representatives would prohibit teachers in public schools from discussing sexual orientation.

A.J. Bockman, director of the LGBT rights group PROMO, says this is clearly the wrong way for the “Show-Me State” to go.

“There’s general outrage (in the gay, lesbian and transgender community) that they would consider something like this, because it’s not constitutional, it does not uphold someone’s Freedom of Speech essentially,” he tells KMOX News.

Bockman maintains that most students who find themselves bullied in Missouri schools are targeted because of their sexual orientation.

He says taking that discussion out of schools would only end up harming more students than it would help.

The “Don’t Say Gay” legislation is sponsored by several Republicans who contend there is no place of discussion about sexual orientation in public schools.

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