Musicians Weigh In On Transgender Bathroom Bill

Posted at 10:17 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 23:54:42-04

More voices have been weighing in on the controversial so-called transgender bathroom bill in the state legislature ahead of a scheduled committee meeting this week.

The proposal would require transgender students in Tennessee to use the restroom in schools that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

Officials at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation have already said it could cost the city nearly $60 million in lost convention revenue if passed.

And now, country and pop music stars have been adding their voices to the debate.

“Those who love and make country music do so because at its best it speaks to the pain and suffering everyone shares in this life,” singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris said.  “Let's not make that life harder still for some, with this mean-spirited and unnecessary legislation."

The bill's author, Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) said she stands behind the proposal, and that it's meant to protect the constitutional rights of all students.