Tennessee is considering passing a bill similar to the "transgender bathroom bill" that South Dakota almost passed.
This bill — which the Tennessee House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee discussed this week — would force all public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on the sex on their birth certificate. This doesn't just apply to K-12 students, but students all the way up to the university level.
The decision to pass this bill would make it impossible for any transgender student to ever use their right bathroom, because Tennessee also forbids people from changing the sex on their birth certificate. Tennessee is the only state that has this type of law. And they're about take things one step further if they pass this bathroom bill. Transgender individuals need safe spaces and support. Please tell the Tennessee lawmakers not to pass this law and instead work towards ensuring the safety of transgender people.
Dear Decision Maker:
I write today in strong opposition to legislation that would bar transgender students from using the bathroom or locker room they feel comfortable in. If this law passes, transgender students will be forced to use the bathroom and locker room based on the sex on their birth certificate.
As you know, Tennessee forbids people from changing the sex on their birth certificate, so the passage of this bill would make it impossible for trans individuals to ever use the facilities they feel comfortable and safe in.
This bill will negatively impact the wellbeing and mental health of transgender individuals. It's a discriminatory measure that would make transgender people feel unsafe, and potentially face harm. I strongly urge you to vote against this bill.
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