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HRC TennesseeThe 2016 legislative session has ended in Tennessee and while legislators may have returned home for the year, opponents of equality never take a break, and neither can we! Pledge to continue the work for equality throughout 2016.


On April 28, Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a mean-spirited anti-LGBTQ bill. The "Counseling Discrimination Bill," SB 1556, allows a licensed counselor in a private practice to use personal or religious beliefs as an excuse to terminate care or refer away LGBTQ clients, as long as they refer the client to another counselor. Learn more about this discriminatory bill.


Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in Tennessee alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBTQ equality in Tennessee and how you can get involved with the local community in Nashville.

The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels. 

Find out what’s at stake in the 2016 state legislature.

If you are a reporter seeking up to the minute information about measures in Tennessee, please email press@hrc.org and/or subscribe to our daily tipsheet.

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