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Tennessee Republicans Consider Their Own Transphobic Bathroom Bill

Tennessee
JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Lawmakers in Tennessee are debating a bill that would go further than other bills recently considered and passed by other states such as South Dakota.

The bill recently passed by the South Dakota legislature and ultimately vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) would have forced K-12 schools to corral transgender students into their own bathrooms separate from boys and girls, but lawmakers in Tennessee are advancing a bill that would apply to all levels of public education, including college, and prohibit any accommodation.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee held a hearing on HB 2414, which dictates that public schools must require students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to the sex “indicated on the student’s original birth certificate.” […]

By tying the bill to individuals’ birth certificates, it guarantees that no transgender person could ever secure access to the bathroom that fits their gender. Tennessee is one of the few states in the union that has absolutely no mechanism for changing the sex marker on a person’s birth certificate.

And who would be in charge of scrutinizing every student’s genitalia and birth certificate?

Tennessee law explicitly prohibits the alteration of birth certificates “as a result of sex change surgery,” meaning lawmakers are considering a bill to alienate and emotionally torture transgender youths for the first quarter of their lives.

If the bill passed by lawmakers in South Dakota would have violated Title IX, this bill currently lingering in the Tennessee legislature certainly would.

There’s no doubt in my mind a Republican president and Congress would amend the law to allow for this kind of discrimination if they had a chance to.

Gender is not a binary that is strictly dictated by genitalia and these visions of “boys in girls’ restrooms” are only found in the heads of paranoid and perverted conservative lawmakers. These sick representatives spend far more time dwelling on these fictional scenarios than anyone else.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Gender is not a binary that is strictly dictated by genitalia[.]

    Oh, but it’s so much easier to believe that it is, isn’t it? Because then you don’t have to think about, let alone do anything about, the existence of anything else.

  • muselet

    Gender is not a binary that is strictly dictated by genitalia …

    Absolutely correct.

    … and these visions of “boys in girls’ restrooms” are only found in the heads of paranoid and perverted conservative lawmakers.

    It ain’t just lawmakers. Remember Mike Huckabee’s smirky, pervy, smutty attempt at humor at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention?

    Now, I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, “Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.”

    As I’ve said before, a boy trying to pull a stunt like that would mysteriously slip on a wet floor in the girls’ locker room and land on his testicles. Four or five times.

    These laws have nothing to do with controlling boys under the influence of testosterone or *ahem* protecting the virtue of girls. They have everything to do with tormenting young people who don’t conform to gender norms.

    Because what fun is it to be part of the sexual majority if you can’t make life miserable for everyone who’s not?

    Terrible human beings. Simply terrible.

    –alopecia

    • GrafZeppelin127

      What fun is it to be part of the sexual any majority if you can’t make life miserable for everyone who’s not?