GOP lawmaker just introduced bill to ban word ‘homosexuality’ from AZ public school sex-ed

  • 01/10/2020 10:10 am ET Sneha Konda

Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen from "Snowflake" Arizona introduces bill to ban use of word homosexuality & sex-edArizona’s Republican Senator Sylvia Allen has introduced a bill to ban discussion of “homosexuality” from teaching materials in all public schools.

The legislation also aims to prevent students in Grade 7 or younger from getting sex education, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.

The scheduled change could delete “homosexuality” from acts in sex-ed sections that speak about “sexual conduct,” essentially banning any discussion about it.

Allen’s proposed bill is scheduled for a hearing on January 14 at the Senate Education Committee, which she chairs.

According to LGBTQ Nation, progressive lobbyist Geoff Esposito says that this move is only a conservative response to the “no promo homo” law which was repealed in April 2019. The infamous 1991 law had banned teaching about HIV/AIDS that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.”

Even Arizona School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman told KPNX, a local news channel that, “It appears to undo the progress we have made as a state. It could put the state at risk of another lawsuit.”

Aside from the shock and disgust that descended over Twitterati, they couldn’t help but note that the 72-year-old senator is from a town called Snowflake in Arizona. In an urban context, it means someone who is easily offended or “triggered”.

Controversy, not new for Sylvia

This is not the first time Allen has courted controversy because of her extreme ideas. At an event last year, she even rallied against immigrants, calling it the “browning of America.” And said, “We’re going to look like South American countries very quickly.”

She also attacked feminism and the decline of patriarchy, saying, “Our boys are struggling to know how to be men” and that “this feminist movement” is “not doing any favors for us at all.”

And in 2015, she proposed a bill making going to church mandatory for Americans.

She now says that her discussions about homosexuality were “misinterpreted.”

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