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TN Governor Speaks Out Against “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wishes the state legislature – controlled by his party – would stop pushing the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” legislation and move on to other priorities.

According to the Advocate, Haslam said of the legislation: “I've said from the very beginning I think there's better things for the legislature to occupy themselves with right now. We would love to see the legislature focus on some other issues right now.”

The Volunteer State has seen a surge in anti-LGBT legislation in recent months, including the transphobic HB 2279, which would have “restrict[ed] access to public restrooms and public dressing rooms designated by sex to members of that particular sex.” The legislature is also considering a “License to Bully” provision similar to the one recently debated in Michigan.

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