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The Missouri House has referred a bill to committee that would eliminate discussions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in public schools, prohibit teachers from addressing bullying based on sexual orientation, and likely ban gay-straight alliances.

HB2051 states:
170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.

This is a desperate tactic by frightened, bigoted, cynical individuals who are terrified at the advancement the LGBT community has made in breaking down the barriers to full and equal treatment under the law.

Instead of this wrong-minded, bigoted legislation, we need strong, comprehensive anti-bullying legislation that protects all students from bullies like these legislators.

Here are the facts:

  • Missouri LGBT students frequently hear homophobic, sexist, and offensive remarks regarding their gender expression.
  • Most LGBT students have been victimized at school; reporting of incidents are limited and when reported, offending parties are not reprimanded.
  • Most LGBT students in Missouri do not have access to support or resources.
Sign this petition and express why you believe this effort is dangerously wrong for Missouri schools. Share your personal story or opinion about free speech or the damaging effects of silencing students, teachers, and gay-straight alliances.

Stay up to date by signing the petition. We will keep you up to date on developments on the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

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Instead of letters or emails, we want to put a face to the issue -- your face -- and it needs to be visual and emotional.That’s why we have partnered with Progress Missouri to launch a micro-site called www.OktoSayGay.org where you can keep up to date on the bill and upload a video with your personal response to and feelings about this awful bill. Go to www.OkToSayGay.org for details on how to upload your video.

If you cannot make a video on your own, PROMO has set up filming locations throughout the next two weeks in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Click here for those locations and times.