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Another Bathroom Bill

We are deeply disappointed that Rep. Susan Lynn and Sen. Mike Bell have introduced anti-transgender legislation for consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The proposed bill would require students in public schools and public institutions of higher education to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to sex assigned to them on their birth certificates.

This bill comes as a massive affront to our transgender and gender non-conforming community. If the legislation passes, it would pose a significant threat to the safety and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming students in our public schools; a population already disproportionately targeted for simply living authentically. 

If this proposed bathroom bill becomes law, it will inevitably face legal challenges. Gender identity and expression is included in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972—a law that protects all public school students from gender discrimination. The United States Departments of Justice and Education have made it clear that they intend to protect transgender students from unequal treatment in school.

This unfair and unenforceable bill will undoubtedly be met by strong and vocal disapproval from Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ community. GLSEN Middle Tennessee stands proudly with our allies including the Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, and others in defending the rights of all our transgender and gender non-conforming friends and family members.

Students, learn to use your voices to help stop transphobic and homophobia legislation. Join us on January 26th at 5:00pm at the Oasis Center for a youth advocacy training in preparation for the Tennessee Equality Project’s Advancing Equality Day on the Hill (March 8th).