A Missouri Senate committee has voted in favor of a bill that would ban public school workers from discussing gender identity and sexual orientation with students. The only exemption is if the employee is a licensed mental health provider with prior permission from parents. Kansas City State Senator Greg Razer, who is openly gay, says students need an adult they trust to talk to about their gender identity and sexual orientation.


Harrisonville Republican Rick Brattin says the legislature should pass laws to ensure that parents are in control because “other forces” are “manipulating” kids. The Senate could debate the bill at any time.