Anti-Transgender Legislation Defeated in Tennessee State Senate for 3rd Consecutive Year

By Shane Stahl • April 4, 2018 • 1:11 pm

On Tuesday, April 4, a bill seeking to restrict restroom access for transgender people  was defeated in the Tennessee state senate; the legislation would have required the state’s attorney general to defend school districts where claims of discrimination regarding restroom usage were made by transgender students.

Sponsored by Rep. Andy Holt and Sen. Joey Hensley, the bill would have proved to be an onerous, expensive burden for Tennessee taxpayers and officials. . In districts where students would file claims or lawsuits regarding anti-transgender discrimination, the bill would have provided two options: the state’s attorney general would defend the district, or public dollars would be used to pay private attorneys for the district to litigate the issues.

The measure failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee. LGBTQ advocates had said the bill could have permitted districts to pass exclusionary bathroom policies, knowing the state would come to their defense in the face of a lawsuit. Previous anti-transgender bills were filed in 2016 and 2017, but died in the legislature.

Thanks go to our partners at the Tennessee Equality Project for their work in beating back this dangerous bill – and other anti-LGBTQ legislation – for the third year in a row.

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