TN House Passes Bill Banning Most Pride Flags In School Classrooms

Pride flag (Ian Taylor for Unsplash)

The Tennessee House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban most LGBT+ pride flag displays in public classrooms.

The State Senate may vote on the proposal as soon as this week after the State House passed the legislation 70-24 on Monday, per The Associated Press.

The bill prohibits public schools in the state from displaying any flag other than the U.S. flag, the Tennessee flag, historically protected flags, the POW/MIA flag, and flags representing Native American tribes, governments, schools or branches of the armed forces.

Pride flags and other flags not listed as exemptions in the bill may be “displayed temporarily as part of a bona fide course curriculum,” the legislation states. Additionally, an organization authorized to use the public school building may display their flag at the time and place of their meeting.

The bill allows parents and guardians of students to enforce the ban by filing a civil lawsuit against schools that violate the proposed law.

Republican State Rep. Gino Bulso, the bill’s sponsor, said he had received complaints from parents about “political flags” being displayed, per The Associated Press.