Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed HB 1233 (SB 1367) into law, a discriminatory bill that will deny transgender students access to the bathroom and locker rooms consistent with their 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. This bill is squarely in defiance of federal law, and flagrantly discriminatory.
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.
This anti-transgender bill is the third discriminatory piece of legislation signed by to Governor Lee this session, following SB 228 an anti-transgender sports ban, and SB 1229, a sweeping anti-LGBTQ education bill.
The governor is also poised to act on HB 1182 (SB 1224), known as the ‘business bathroom bill’, that would require 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. HB 1027 (SB 126), an unnecessary regulation of life-saving, best practice medical care for transgender youth, is also waiting for the Governor’s action.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David released the following statement in response to Gov. Lee signing HB 1233 (SB 1367) into law:
Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaign Director Melodía Gutiérrez released the following statement in response to Gov. Lee signing HB 1233 (SB 1367) into law: