ACTION ALERT- 4/9/21 Legislative Update, Open Letter Release Monday
ACTION ALERT - 4/9/21 Legislative Update,
Open Letter Release Monday
Where we are:
Businesses continued to engage against discrimination this week. We saw more anti-LGBT bills move forward this week. We have another very busy week ahead and we are going to be releasing the open letter with a press conference that will make clear the business impact these bills will have. Action items and info you need to know below.
A recap/reminder of what we are facing-
What happened this week:
With that warning going out and becoming even more clear, we saw engagement this week in a number of ways.
With that happening, we still saw discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation move forward this week.
Here is coverage of the bills in the media. News you should know:
The week ahead:
The schedule of discriminatory bills to be heard this week. See a bill report of further details on the bills at the bottom of the email.
Monday, April 12th:
10am - Tennessee Business Opposed to Discrimination Press Conference and open letter release.
House Ways and Means Committee
HB1233 Zachary - “Bathroom Bill 2.0” - We plan to testify against this bill. Make calls and emails to this committee.
SB1224 Rose - “Bathroom Signage bill” - We plan to testify against this bill. Make calls and emails to this committee.
Wednesday, April 14th:
House Floor -
HB529 Moody - “Opt-Out LGBT Teaching” bill. - This looks to pass the House and then sent to the Governor.
HB578 Ragan - “Anti-Trans Healthcare Ban”
HB1027 Kumar - “Trans Hormone Ban”
Businesses and Organizations: If you have not, you can still sign the open letter of Tennessee Businesses Against Discrimination. Corporations and small businesses are encouraged to sign, use the form to do so.
Sign up on the form by midnight April 11th to be included in the release.
The Tennessee Equality Project has direct action campaigns to contact your legislators by email and phone calls. They can be found here. Please take action.
2021 Nashville LGBT Chamber bill tracklist:
SB228/HB3 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Cepicky: “Anti-trans student-athlete bill”
This bill repeats the effort to prevent transgender students from participating in high school and middle school sports. It ties a student's gender to the original birth certificate. The "whereas" clauses attempt to pit transgender people against women's sports.
Signed in to law by Governor Lee on March 26.
This bill criminalizes gender-affirming care for transgender youth. It penalizes doctors and parents for seeking treatment for their child.
This bill allows employees of state or local government (which also includes public universities and colleges) to skip training or seminars that conflict with their values or religious beliefs. We believe that the bill provides a way of undermining LGBTQ-inclusive training sessions and seminars offered by government entities.
This bill would require public schools to notify parents before offering any curriculum about sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill allows parents to opt their children out of such instruction.
This bill censors LGBTQ content in public school textbooks and instructional materials. It's an updated version of the old "Don't Say Gay" bill.
This legislation is an anti-transgender "bathroom" bill.
This bill appears to be a caption bill that would eventually carry explicitly anti-marriage equality language. It pertains to marriage licensing and definitions.
"As introduced, prohibits this state and any political subdivision of this state, or any official of this state or a political subdivision, from creating, enforcing, or endorsing policies that respect or promote non-secular self-asserted sex-based identity narratives, sexual orientation orthodoxy, or non-secular marriage doctrine because the policies fail the Lemon test, as established by the United States Supreme Court in Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971)." Note: There is no House sponsor at this time.
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