TENNESSEE — Yesterday evening, Republican Governor Bill Lee signed SB 126 (HB 1027) – a bill that unnecessarily regulates life-saving, best practice medical care for transgender youth.
SB 126 (HB 1027) is part of the 2021 “Slate of Hate” rippling through the Tennessee state legislature. This anti-transgender bill is the fifth discriminatory piece of legislation signed by Gov. Lee this session following HB 1182 (SB 1224), a business bathroom bill; SB 228, an anti-transgender sports ban; SB 1229, a sweeping anti-LGBTQ education bill; and HB 1233, an anti-transgender student bathroom bill.
These anti-equality bills are being pushed by national extremist groups and peddled by lawmakers in Tennessee in an effort to sow fear and division.
2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent history. So far in 2021, 22 anti-LGBTQ bills have been enacted into law. States have now enacted more anti-LGBTQ laws this year than in the last three years combined.
Tennessee is the first state to enact a bathroom bill since North Carolina’s reviled HB2, passed in 2016. It has enacted not one but two bathroom bills in recent days, both flagrantly discriminatory. HB 1233 (SB 1367), known as the “Student Bathroom Bill”, denies transgender students access to the bathroom and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity and makes schools liable if a student believes they have shared a sex-segregated space – bathrooms, locker rooms or other changing facility – with a transgender student. This bill is squarely in defiance of federal law. HB 1182/SB 1224, the “Business Bathroom bill”, is unprecedented: it requires businesses that don’t actively prevent transgender people from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity to post an offensive and outrageous sign warning that transgender people might be inside.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Lee signing SB 126 (HB 1027):
Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaign Director Melodía Gutiérrez issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Lee signing SB 126 (HB 1027):
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