Transgender Bathroom Bill Dies In Subcommittee

Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 22, 2016

A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth appears to be dead for the year.

The bill died in a House Education Administration and Planning subcommittee meeting Tuesday that was packed with transgender youth.

Transgender students who testified to lawmakers were elated and said they felt like sharing their personal stories impacted lawmakers.

Conservatives had pushed the legislation, but some lawmakers were concerned that the proposal would create more confusion. Local schools already have their own policies on use of bathrooms for transgender students.

There was also concern about financial impact to the state. Gov. Bill Haslam had objected to the bill because he was concerned that Tennessee could lose federal funding if it passed.