Opinion: Tennessee Legislature Wages Total War On LGBTQ Citizens

Sometimes you feel like the Tennessee General Assembly gets its ideas from a focus group of bigots without access to running water or power, who believe that public education is a bigger threat to their children than opioids and that Jesus is the governor and Bill Lee is just keeping his seat warm. This year, that focus group and the Republican legislative swine who eat at their trough, have decided that it's been too long since Tennessee just went whole hog against the gays, and for good measure made sure that women shouldn't have pesky rights like access to safe abortions. And next week, these KKKristian KKKnights of the Republican party will ramp up their Crusade to destroy the rights of LGBTQ citizens to new excesses.

 

The LGBTQ community in Tennessee is used to having to execute a fighting retreat against the Republican Christofascist forces of hatred that run this state, but this year it's taken to a whole new level. If we are going to stay, we'll have to struggle harder than before, and try to lose as little ground as possible. These people want to pass laws that restrict our access to healthcare, to housing and jobs, and to equal participation in education and sports: they want to push us into the dark corners where we lose our children to deaths in despair.

Below is a list of [at least most of] the anti-LGBTQ bills that we face JUST NEXT WEEK! Follow Tennessee Equality Project's Facebook page to find events and opportunities to stand up for our rights.

Mon Mar 9th 1:00pm - House Hearing Rm III, Joint Council on Pensions and Insurance

MEMBERS: CHAIR B. Watson (R); VICE CHAIR S. Lynn (R); P. Hazlewood (R); B. Ogles (R); P. Bailey (R); B. Gilmore (D); T. Gardenhire (R); J. Johnson (R); J. Hensley (R); J. Stevens (R); W. Lamberth (R); A. Holt (R); G. Hicks (R); R. Staples (D)

SB2625 Bowling J.FAMILY LAW: Bans Same Sex Marriage Licenses 

House Status:

 03/05/20 - Set for House Children & Families Subcommittee 03/11/20.

Mon March 9th 1:45pm and Wed March 11th- 2:30pm Senate Hearing Rm I, Senate Health & Welfare Committee

MEMBERS: CHAIR R. Crowe (R); VICE CHAIR F. Haile (R); 2ND VICE CHAIR S. Reeves (R); J. Hensley (R); E. Jackson (R); B. Massey (R); A. Swann (R); B. Watson (R); J. Yarbro (D)

SB2233 Haile F.PROFESSIONS & LICENSURE: Transgender Youth Transition Protocol Regulations. 

Senate Status:

 03/05/20 - Set for Senate Health & Welfare Committee 03/09/20 or 03/11/20. 

Tue 3/10/20 10:30am - House Hearing Rm III, House Public Health Subcommittee

MEMBERS: CHAIR J. Sexton (R); V. Dixie (D); M. Hill (R); L. Miller (D); B. Terry (R); J. VanHuss (R); R. Williams (R)

HB2827 Terry B.PROFESSIONS & LICENSURE: Transgender Youth Transition Protocol Regulations.  

Senate Status:

 03/05/20 - Set for Senate Health & Welfare Committee 03/09/20. 

Tue 3/10/20 4:30pm - House Hearing Rm III, House Education K-12 Subcommittee

MEMBERS: CHAIR J. Ragan (R); A. Parkinson (D); V. Dixie (D); S. Cepicky (R); J. Sexton (R); J. Windle (D); M. White (R); T. Weaver (R); I. Rudder (R); K. Haston (R)

HB1689 Cepicky S.EDUCATION: Requires students to participate in sports or athletic event corresponding to their respective sex. 

Senate Status:

 01/23/20 - Referred to Senate Education Committee. 

 

Wed 3/11/20 8:30am - Senate Hearing Rm I, Senate Government Operations Committee

MEMBERS: CHAIR K. Roberts (R); VICE CHAIR E. Jackson (R); 2ND VICE CHAIR J. Bowling (R); M. Bell (R); R. Crowe (R); S. Kyle (D); M. Pody (R); P. Rose (R); B. Powers (R)

SB2896 Bailey P.MEDIA & PUBLISHING: Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act. 

House Status:

 03/05/20 - Set for House Cities & Counties Subcommittee 03/11/20.

 

Wed 3/11/20 2:00pm - House Hearing Rm II, House Children & Families Subcommittee

MEMBERS: CHAIR M. Littleton (R); M. Curcio (R); C. Johnson (R); J. Potts (D); I. Rudder (R)

HB2410 Ragan J.FAMILY LAW: Disentanglement Act. 

Senate Status:

 02/10/20 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. 

 

Wed 3/11/20 3:30pm - House Hearing Rm II, House Cities & Counties Subcommittee

MEMBERS: CHAIR J. Moon (R); K. Calfee (R); J. Crawford (R); L. Lamar (D); R. Travis (R); D. Wright (R); R. Grills (R)

HB2721 Holt A.MEDIA & PUBLISHING: Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act. 

Senate Status:

 03/05/20 - Set for Senate Government Operations Committee 03/11/20.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Joe Eats World

Slane Irish Whiskey bottles

Disclaimer: My trip was provided courtesy of a press trip but all opinions about the trip and events are my own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

Keep reading Show less
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Mental Health for LGBTQ+ Aging Adults

Queer elders have made a big impact on the world. Queer folks over the age of 65 were around during the Stonewall Movement in the 1960s and may have even campaigned to improve the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

But, as queer elders enter later life, they may need to find new ways to protect and preserve their mental health.

Keep reading Show less
Photo courtesy of Erkin Athletics

B37 Massage Gun Review

Disclaimer: This product has been tested and reviewed by our writer and any views or opinions are their own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, we may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

Keep reading Show less