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A Tennessee high school club tried to put up flyers for transgender awareness month. The school said they were illegal.

Story by Yelena Dzhanova

A Tennessee high school told members of its Gender Sexuality Alliance club that they couldn't hang up a flyer that defined the word "transgender."

The flyer, created in November for Transgender Awareness Month, reads: "Transgender, often shortened to trans, is an umbrella term that describes an individual whose gender identity differs from their assigned gender at birth."

Not only did the principal find the poster too "political," according to a student, the school said it violated a 2021 Tennessee law that bans students from engaging with LGBTQ topics at school without parental consent. 

Parents must be given at least 30 days to review "a sexual orientation curriculum or gender identity curriculum, regardless of whether the curriculum is offered as part of a family life program, sex education program, or other program," according to the law.

Elizabeth, a 17-year-old student who attends Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee, and is a member of the school's Gender Sexuality Alliance club, said Principal Tavis Massey told GSA members they couldn't hang the poster up at school.

"He saw the flyers and he immediately said that they weren't allowed because transgender people were political," Elizabeth said.


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