Tennessee is the latest state whose GOP legislators are going after trans children — because they're low-hanging fruit.
The Tennessee House has passed an odious bathroom bill that would require businesses that allow trans people to use the bathroom of their choice to post offensive signage to that effect.
HRC's Melodía Gutiérrez says:
After watching Governor Bill Lee sign their discriminatory anti-transgender sports bill into law on Friday, The Tennessee House quickly moved to revisit an old, failed anti-equality fight, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” and continue their relentless assault against LGBTQ and specifically transgender people. Denying transgender people the ability to play sports or access the bathroom consistent with their gender identity is part of a pernicious, degrading, and systematic attempt to dehumanize one of our most vulnerable communities. Transgender children especially are faced with heightened levels of anxiety, depression, and dysphoria when they are denied the chance to live consistent with their identity. The people of Tennessee are facing serious challenges that affect their everyday lives, from healthcare to infrastructure, including a pandemic that requires decisive action from its state leaders. Instead, the legislature is focused on targeting transgender people and advancing their “Slate of Hate.”
And BTW, most Republicans don't care about where trans people pee — though more and more decide they do when their GOP reps whip it into a social wedge issue.
Not to be outdone, Arkansas is moving closer to a law that would ban all gender-affirming health care to trans kids. I guess Big Government is only a no-no when you're a right-winger?