LGBT Pride Flag Gets Banned?

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( – In Tennessee, a new proposed bill would make it unlawful for charter and public schools to display any other flag other than the state and U.S. flag. This move is seen as a way for the state to target “political” symbols, including the LGBTQ pride flags. 

In November, House Bill 1605 which is sponsored by state Rep. Gino Bulso (R-Brentwood) was introduced to the state. In the bill, it is noted that the U.S. and state flags would be the only flags allowed in education environments. As Bulso noted, he had been moved to introduce the bill following an incident at Williamson County School Board, where parents had fought over political flags being placed within a school environment. 

In September, school district leaders in Williamson County were targeted by parents after it was suggested that the school board was considering a ban on pride flags from U.S. classrooms. Bulso pointed out that schools were meant to be places of learning, not indoctrination, and argued that the bill was going to block authority figures in schools from trying to turn their time in the classroom into political statements. 

The bill would not only target LGBTQ flags but also a number of cultural and political flags, including the Black Lives Matter flag. The state’s law already had a mandate which states that the U.S. flag needs to be publicly displayed in classrooms, however, the new statewide ban could be the first time that states do not allow other flags in the classrooms. 

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