Classroom discussions of LGBT issues banned in 8 states

Although same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, eight states still restrict discussions regarding LGBT issues in public elementary and secondary schools.  Teachers could potentially be fired for bringing up such issues in the classroom.

LGBT students in the public education systems of Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah are unlikely to learn anything about the important LGBT issues they face, including in health classes.  Most of these so-called “No Promo Homo” laws were adopted in the last thirty years.

The law in Texas is particularly repressive, actively requiring that students be taught that homosexuality is “not an acceptable lifestyle and is a criminal offense.”  This is in fact incorrect, as the state’s ban on homosexuality was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States in the 2003 case Lawrence v. Texas.

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