Tennessee LGBT Community Braces for Impact of New Counseling Law ABC News • May 6, 2016 The law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam last week took effect immediately, sending counselors and advocates scrambling to sort through its implications. So far, it hasn’t led to the kind of economic backlash that hit North Carolina in response to a law requiring transgender people to u
Tennessee House Passes Anti-LGBT Legislation Democracy Now • April 7, 2016 The Tennessee House has passed legislation allowing mental health counselors to refuse service to LGBT patients on religious grounds, making Tennessee the latest state to pass anti-LGBT measures this year. Read more here.
Tennessee Senate Committee advances anti-transgender legislation LGBT Weekly • March 23, 2016 Today, by a vote of 7 to 2 the Tennessee Senate Education Committee advanced SB 2387 – a bill that targets transgender students in public schools and universities. The measure seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity. The v
Transgender bathroom bill advancing in Tennessee House Times Free Press • March 15, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth is gaining momentum in the Tennessee legislature after passing in a House subcommittee. Tennessee’s bill would require transgender students at public grade schools and un
Here’s How a Tennessee Bill Could Allow Counselors to Turn Away Gay Clients WUTC • February 29, 2016 Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client’s goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor. Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to d
Anti-LGBT legislation voted down in Tennessee House Subcommittee LGBT Weekly • January 21, 2016 The Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee has voted down an extreme measure being pushed by anti-LGBT activists which sought to eliminate marriage equality in the state and require the state to defend marriage as “between one man and one woman.” The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Tennessee
Lawmaker in Tennessee Plans for Bill Targeting Transgender Students Freedom For All Americans • November 11, 2015 This week, Tennessee State Representative Bud Hulsey, (R-Kingsport) discussed his plans for introducing a bill to require transgender students to use bathrooms that are inconsistent with their gender. The bill, which Hulsey says he is still drafting, would expose transgender students to bullying a
Tennessee Man Claims He Was Fired Because He is Gay, Files EEOC Complaint WKRN • August 28, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A gay worker said he was fired after he gave another worker, who bad mouth gays, his walking papers. That gay worker has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and claimed he was wrongfully terminated because of his sexual orientation. R
Chattanooga, Tennessee Nondiscrimination Ordinance Clears Final Hurdle and Challenge Times Free Press • July 22, 2015 Before a full room, and a row of people holding signs that said “protect our privacy” and “political correctness gone amuck,” Chattanooga’s nondiscrimination ordinance cleared its last hurdle and challenge Tuesday. The ordinance, which aims to protect gay, lesbian and t
Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee Reject Nondiscrimination Ordinance Huffington Post • August 8, 2014 Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, overwhelmingly rejected an ordinance Thursday that would have extended equal protections and benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender city employees. Read more here at the Huffington Post.