Teaching Hate Logic 101: A lesson from Rep. Alan Seabaugh

“This bill is intended to promote an agenda and teach alternative lifestyles,” Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport said, ending the cautiousness that governed the discussion for a half hour. “Let’s not delude ourselves about why we’re here,” he said, alleging that the bill came “straight out of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legislative playbook.” The next steps, he said, would be “lawsuits against your local school boards” and putting “books in elementary schools” that “you don’t want them to read.”  quoted in this article about the slow intentional and explicitly anti-gay defeat of the Louisiana Safe Schools Act

Rep. Austin Badon who proposed this bill and others, most of them black Democrats, disputed the negative characterizations of the bill, noting the broad scope of the committee version but also defending gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students as worthy of protection.

House Republicans encouraged and supported by the Louisiana Family Forum defeated the proposal in a 43-54 vote.   The article introduces this situation with the suggestion that this vote represents a defeat to gay rights activists.  That is such an underestimation of the scope of who is harmed by anti-gay harassment and bullying in schools it is silly. 

This is not simply put a defeat for gay rights activists, this is a full-scale and highly public endorsement of gendered and sexual orientation violence and abuse in the schools.

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