Tennessee to mandate bathroom signs about transgender use

Bill Lee
Posted at 2:04 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 15:04:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  — Tennessee will become the first state in the United States to require businesses and government facilities open to the public to post a sign if they let transgender people use multiperson bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms associated with their gender identity.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Monday that represents a first-of-its-kind law. LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign decried the bill as discriminatory and said the required signs are “offensive and humiliating.”

The law will go into effect on July 1.

Lee also signed a different proposal this year that bars transgender athletes from playing girls public high school or middle school sports.

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