Rights Denied: Tennessee Kills Gender Change Recognition Bill


Tennessee lawmakers have voted to kill a bill that would have allowed trans people to amend their birth certificates to reflect a change in their gender expression.

Reports KnoxNews:

Legislation authorizing amendment of birth certificates of people undergoing sex change operations to reflect their new gender has been killed on a voice vote in a House Health and Human Resources Subcommittee.

Sponsor Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, said Tennessee is the only state in the nation that does not allow for such a revision after a sex change operation.

While the “Don’t Say Gay” bill has perhaps hogged the limelight there’s been plenty of anti-LGBT legislation to choose from in Tennessee of late, and in particular one odious bill aimed at trans people that was a result of one State Representative’s overt bigotry.

The legislation, originally sponsored by State Representative Richard Floyd and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Bo Watson, would have imposed a $50 fine for anyone using a bathroom or changing room that didn’t match the gender on their birth certificate — again, this in a state where trans people cannot amend their identification.

Perhaps even worse than this, Floyd, the original sponsor of the legislation, said that he wanted to stop “perverts” from going into the women’s facilities and said that if he saw a trans person in there he would “just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.”

He added, “We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”

The bill was quickly withdrawn after a public outcry.

Tennessee’s continued denial of the right to amend identification as part of a gender transition — a medically recognized procedure to treat GID — seems to be just one more example of Tennessee’s continued capitulation to a far-right social agenda.


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Melissa M.
Melissa M.5 years ago

I suppose a different state could be required to issue a new birth certificate as a political refugee from TN. It's getting pretty ridiculous...

Melissa M.
Melissa M.5 years ago

So when will other states allow a person to say they weren't born in Tennessee?

Bobbie J.
Bobbie J.5 years ago

lock and load. Our forefathers would be shooting by now. Time to execute some government goons

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

This is the same committee who'd proposed that statistics on abortion be published, to the point where it would make identifying women by name a foregone conclusion in small towns.

Thank to a lot of people that one got stopped.

I was totally unaware of this bill. I applaud the Representative and hope she presents it until it passes.

Joy Phillip
Joy Phillip6 years ago

I'm so glad I was born in Illinois. I'm so ashamed to be living in Tennessee.

Amanda M.
Amanda M6 years ago

"The way I see it, there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, "To Kill A Mockingbird

If only more people were able to see the world the way she did, we'd be much better off.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m6 years ago

I feel sorry for not only Tennessee but for the small minded homophobes that have "shared" their ignorance here with us.
Your awakening will be rude jolt to you :-)

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago


James Campbell
James Campbell6 years ago

Ed O. “They were born MALE and are still MALE since they have an XY chromosome.”

This statement alone is all I need to identify that you don’t know enough about the subject to be taken seriously. Talk about what you know, which is definitely NOT genetics and stop telling other people how to live their lives.

Angela M.
Angela Mogin6 years ago

These people give new meaning to the idea that if I close my eyes, you disappear. Most children out grow this belief before they reach 5 but not in Tenn.