State Sen. Konni Burton wants to pass legislation in Texas which would basically force schools to out their LGBTQ. students. According to The New Civil Rights Movement, the conservative lawmaker wants to pass Senate Bill 242, a law that requires teachers and school employees to disclose a student's sexual orientation or gender identity to parents.
Burton is a big advocate for parents knowing their child's gender and sexual identity. With Senate Bill 242, she argues that "a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more. Further, my legislation will make it expressly against state law for a district to adopt policies designed to undermine a parent’s right to know. No parent in Texas should ever have to fight for the basic right to matter in their child’s life again."
Even if the student requests anonymity, schools would face discipline for not disclosing the information.
A parent being involved in a child's life is great if the relationship is healthy. Burton overlooks situations in which her law harms students. An LGBTQ student may be threatened in school or mistreated at home for coming out.
The bill is up for consideration by the Texas legislature in January 2017. May it wither and die.