by Wyatt Ronan •
TENNESSEE – Today, the Tennessee House passed HB 1233 (SB 1367), a discriminatory bill that would deny transgender students access to the correct bathroom and locker rooms consistent with the gender identity. The bill further discriminates against transgender students and opens up schools to legal consequences if a student believes they have shared a sex-segregated space --bathrooms, locker rooms or other changing facility -- with a transgender student.
HB 1233 (SB 1367) is part of the 2021 “Slate of Hate” bills rippling through the Tennessee state legislature, along with the anti-transgender sports and business bathroom bills. These anti-equality pieces of legislation are being pushed by national extremist groups and peddled by lawmakers in Tennessee in an effort to sow fear and division.
In addition to this anti-transgender bill, the Tennessee House recently passed HB 1182 (SB 1224), another ‘bathroom bill’ that aims to prevent transgender people from using restrooms aligning with their identity and the legislature is considering HB 578 (SB 657), an anti-trans medical care ban, HB 800 (SB 1216), a bill that would prevent schools from providing an LGBTQ-inclusive education, and HB 372 (SB 193), a bill to permit all government employees, including teachers, first responders, and public officials to opt-out of diversity training.
Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaign Director Melodía Gutiérrez released the following statement in response to the Tennessee House passing HB 1233 (SB 1367):
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