Much like Virginia, Tennessee has their upcoming legislative session starting in a few weeks and a bill aiming to put transgender students in a tough spot is already leading to controversy.
While Delegate Bud Hulsey hasn’t finalized his bill yet, he told WJHL as the bill sits now, it would require students at all TN schools to use the restroom aligned with their birth gender, not the gender they currently identify with.
While not guarenteeing any future for the legislation, Husley said he would “revisit the wording” of his bill after a group of locals gathered to protest its passage. “It has opened a whole lot of dialogue which I’m grateful for.”
At the protest which happened this Sunday in Johnson City, TN, supporters of transgender students said they feared what the law might do to a population that is often already the target of bullying and isolation.
“Can you imagine having no place going to the restroom, not feeling safe going by yourself,” said Stella Vance, who was present with her 17-year-old transgender daughter, Star.
“If this bill passes, I’m concerned about sending her to college, we’ve actually talked about keeping her at home instead of going to live in a dorm,” Vance said.
While the future of the bill is unclear, those who gathered hope the new bathroom bill gets flushed.