'Don't Say Gay' bill troubles school counselors in TN

'Don't Say Gay' bill troubles school counselors in TN

February 21st, 2012 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Brandon Holt, foreground, is a recent graduate of MLK Magnet and the main organizer behind a grassroots effort among Nashville high school students to protest and oppose the legislature's "Don't Say Gay" bill.

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

POLL: Should K-8 teachers be allowed to discuss homosexuality with students?

Inside a Metro Nashville middle school bathroom, the boy didn't know what to make of his classmate's roaming eyes.

And so he went to see the school counselor.

Was the boy who glanced at him gay, he wondered. And if he didn't turn away, did that make him gay?

The counselor, who asked not to be named while sharing a real-life example - both to protect the identity of the student and to candidly discuss the full implications of the situation - answered the boy's questions as best she could. Her goal, she said, was simply to help the student feel comfortable and safe when going to the bathroom.

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