HB 2414, Tennessee’s anti-transgender student bathroom bill or Gender Inspection bill, specifically targets transgender students for discrimination by prohibiting them from using the bathroom consistent with the gender they live every day.
Feeling déjà vu? That’s because the House Ed Committee has already heard this bill and voted to send it to a study session—effectively tabling it for the year.
But after weeks of intense pressure from opponents of transgender equality, lawmakers succumbed and revived this shameful bill.
This bill could hit the House floor within days if the finance committees don't slow it down. We’ve got to mobilize a tidal wave of grassroots supporters—and FAST—to flood lawmakers’ inboxes and tell them to vote NO on HB 2414.
Rush your message now urging your Representative to vote NO on transgender discrimination and block HB 2414—before it’s too late.
Aside from being a crass invasion of student privacy and a total disruption to the learning environment, HB 2414 spells disaster for Tennessee’s economy.
Need proof? Look no further than North Carolina. The legislature there passed a sweeping anti-trans bill just last week and now the state is being castigated on the front page of every major newspaper, it’s on the travel embargo list of a growing list of states and at least five major cities, corporate America is up in arms, and businesses like PayPal have cancelled massive investment plans and slashed jobs.
Already, there are rumblings of the thunderous economic boycott headed our way if lawmakers pass Tennessee’s Gender Inspection bill.
There’s no inkling of doubt this bill would jeopardize $600+ million in federal education funding for violating non-discrimination regulations. That’s an unacceptable risk for a state behind in education!
But now—on top of that—the Nashville Conventions and Visitors Corp. is reporting that up to twelve groups have warned they’ll pull their business from our state if HB 2414 passes, costing Tennessee up to $60+ million in lost annual revenue.
Lawmakers could bankrupt our schools and tank our economy, all so they can put some of our most vulnerable students at heightened risk of discrimination and harm?
We’ve GOTto stop these heinous attacks once and for all. Rush a message to your Representative RIGHT NOW and urge them to block Tennessee’s dangerous Gender Inspection bill.
We’ll keep you posted as things develop.
Tennessee Equality Project
graphic via Mother Jones