Tennessee lawmakers are considering two bills – HB 2414 and SB 2387 – that would ban transgender students from using the restrooms in public schools and universities that correspond with their gender identities.
Bills like these are part of a nationwide wave of attacks on transgender people. Many of these attacks target and isolate students. Where students can use the bathrooms is important enough, but these bills are about more than that. They add to the bullying, harassment, and violence transgender students already face. Almost half of all transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Why would politicians want to make it even harder for students to be themselves?
I just signed the ACLU's petition calling on Tennessee lawmakers to protect - not punish - transgender students.
Will you join me? https://www.aclu.org/TNtransTAF
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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