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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Volunteer State.


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LGBT Groups Launch Petition Drive Against Anti-Transgender Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • October 5, 2016, 11:35 am Today Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) and more than a dozen state equality campaigns and organizations across the country launched a petition drive calling out attempts to roll back existing protections for transgender Americans.
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Nashville Mayor Wants Visitors to Know Her City Welcomes All, Despite New Anti-LGBT Law

By Megan Clayton • June 3, 2016, 6:47 pm Last week, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry strongly condemned a dangerous new Tennessee law that allows counselors to refuse helping patients if doing so conflicts with that counselor’s “strongly held principles.”
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Big Steps Forward in Missouri, Louisiana and South Carolina

By Adam Polaski • April 30, 2016, 8:04 am We're nearing the end of legislative sessions in many states this month, and as they draw to a close, we're seeing continued momentum in favor of LGBT non-discrimination protections – and against anti-LGBT proposals.
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Big Win: Sponsor of Anti-Transgender Bill in Tennessee Pulls Legislation

By Adam Polaski • April 18, 2016, 5:16 pm Today in Tennessee, advocates of equality for LGBT people celebrated an important victory as Rep. Susan Lynn announced she would pull her bill, which would force students to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex, ignoring their gender identity.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Avalanche of Business & Celebrity Opposition to Anti-LGBT Laws

By Adam Polaski • April 15, 2016, 4:55 pm With steps forward in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, executive orders issued in North Carolina and Mississippi, and legislative advances for anti-LGBT bills in Alabama and Missouri, there was lots happening. Here's a roundup:
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Celebrities Register Opposition to Anti-LGBT Laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee

By Megan Clayton • April 13, 2016, 9:34 am Big names in the arts and entertainment world are using their star power to protest the anti-LGBT laws that have recently advanced in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee.
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Tennessee Attorney General: Anti-Transgender Bill Threatens Federal Funding

By Adam Polaski • April 11, 2016, 4:07 pm AG Slatery's opinion doesn't mince words. "Does House Bill 2414 pose a risk of violation of Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972?" he asks, and quickly answers, "Yes."
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Anti-LGBT Legislation Prompts Historic Pushback

By Adam Polaski • April 8, 2016, 5:04 pm This week Mississippi joined North Carolina as one of the few states to actually pass egregious anti-LGBT legislation this year – but the bill quickly pushed through by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant is one of the worst we've seen in the country.
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Two Anti-LGBT Bills Advance in Tennessee; Lawmakers Must Reject Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • April 7, 2016, 12:10 pm On Wednesday the Tennessee education committee reversed its previous decision and advanced the HB 2414, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: National Outrage in North Carolina as Advocates Claim Victories in Two States

By Adam Polaski • April 4, 2016, 2:03 pm Last week the movement to win LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination took two big jumps forward when governors in two states rejected bills that would have enforced broad discrimination against LGBT people.
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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and Moving Forward Nationwide

By Megan Clayton • March 31, 2016, 12:49 pm Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to show support for the transgender community and celebrate the accomplishments of transgender people worldwide. Freedom for All Americans is working hard to advance freedoms for transgender people across the country.
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VICTORY: Anti-Transgender “Gender Inspection Bill” Defeated in Tennessee

By Megan Clayton • March 22, 2016, 1:14 pm Big news out of Tennessee today, where lawmakers rejected HB 2414, a dangerous "Gender Inspection" bill specifically targeting transgender students.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: All Eyes on Georgia with Anti-LGBT Bill 1 Signature from Law

By Adam Polaski • March 19, 2016, 9:46 am This week anti-LGBT legislation advanced in states across the country – but nowhere is a bill more extreme or closer to becoming law than in Georgia, where HB 757, a very broad religious exemption bill cobbled together from several anti-LGBT bills, was shoved through the legislature unexpectedly on Wednesday.
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Tennessee House Subcommittee Advances Anti-Transgender “Gender Inspection” bill

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2016, 7:09 pm Now the bill advances to the the Senate Education Committee, where Tennessee lawmakers should heed the concerns of Governor Haslam by refusing to advance the clearly discriminatory bill.
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Tennessee Lawmakers to Consider Anti-Transgender Bill, Following Governor’s Discussion of Concerns

By Megan Clayton • March 15, 2016, 10:45 am A Tennessee bill that would force transgender children to use facilities that correspond with their biological sex—ignoring their gender identity or expression—has had its hearing rescheduled to next week.