Saturday, 21 May 2011

"Don't Say Gay"

The Advocate reported earlier in the week on the decision of the Tennessee senate on Friday to pass a 'Don't Say Gay' measure in schools with a 20-10 vote. The measure passed after an amendment was added to restrict the ban only to lessons related to homosexuality, and not all speech, specifically unplanned discussions in classrooms.

UK prof, Ian Rivers considers the development in the context of the historic section 28 offence, and although the measures do have some slightly different contexts, the section 28 story offers some insights into potential implications for such measures. It's also a reminder of the difficult legal battles that lie ahead in the US.

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