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Transgender bathroom bill passes both Tennessee House, Senate

The bill will now go to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.
This Jan. 8, 2020, photo shows the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark...
This Jan. 8, 2020, photo shows the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(WVLT)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 3:15 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would put public schools and districts at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t reflect their gender at birth.

The bill passed the Senate 21-7 Wednesday. The bill, which was passed by the House with a 65-24 vote Monday, will now go to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.

Under the legislation, a student or employee could sue in an effort to claim monetary damages “for all psychological, emotional, and physical harm suffered” if school officials allow a transgender person into the bathroom or locker room when others are in there, or if they require staying in the same sleeping quarters as a member of the opposite sex at birth unless that person is a family member.

The bill states schools must attempt to offer a bathroom or changing room that is single-occupancy is a student or employee “desires greater privacy when using a multi-occupancy restroom or changing facility designated for the person’s sex at birth.”

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