Tennessee Lawmakers Debate Ban On Treatment For Transgender Teens

Mar 18, 2021
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A new bill in the Tennessee legislature could impact transgender youths’ access to transitioning treatment. The measure proposes a ban on gender-affirming medical care before puberty.

A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that the government's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a landmark decision that supporters hope will pave the way for marriage equality in the only G-7 nation to not fully recognize same-sex partnerships.

Article 24 of Japan's constitution defines marriage as based on the "mutual consent of both sexes," which is currently interpreted to mean it is legal only between a man and a woman.

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Rep. Eddie Mannis, R-Knoxville, has warned his House colleagues that a ban on transgender athletes could have a tremendous impact on LGBT kids.

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This Saturday, the Kentuckiana Transgender Day of Remembrance service will be held much like other events in 2020: virtually.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against Lexington T-shirt maker Hands On Originals, which refused to print T-shirts for a 2012 gay pride festival on religious grounds.

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Festival organizers in colorful clothes walked out Saturday morning in front of a stage along Paducah’s historic floodwall. Dozens of local businesses and vendors, their stands adorned with bright, rainbow flags, crowded downtown parking lots.

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A northern Kentucky city has become the 12th in the commonwealth to pass a law protecting the LGBTQ population from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. 

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Organizers say Paducah will have its first LGBTQ Pride Festival next month. The inaugural Western Kentucky Pride Festival is August 24 and 25 at the riverfront downtown. Inc. via Wikimedia Commons

Amid pressure, Amazon has joined a growing list of big companies telling Tennessee lawmakers to avoid bills that negatively impact LGBT people.

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A Tennessee House panel has advanced a bill that would allow faith-based orphanages and child-placement organizations to decline adoptions or foster care based on religious beliefs, including opposition to LGBT parents.