Tennessee Senate passes chilling bill that redefines sex and legally erases trans people

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03/14/2023

A “cruel” bill that would define trans people out of Tennessee state code has inched closer to reality after it passed through the Senate. In the latest attack on LGBTQ+ rights in Tennessee, the state’s Republican-controlled Senate passed the SB 1440 bill on Monday (13 March) with a 27-6 vote. The insidious bill attempts to discriminate against LGBTQ+ Tennesseans by defining “sex” as a person’s “immutable biological sex as determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth and evidence of a person’s biological sex” throughout state code. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) warned that SB 1440 could have a chilling impact on Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ community as it could prevent them from being covered by state nondiscrimination laws. Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the HRC, condemned “extremist” lawmakers in the Tennessee Senate for continuing their “assault of LGBTQ+ Tennesseeans’ ability to live their lives openly and honestly”.

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