Students must show proof of their sex at the time of birth if their birth certificate does not appear to be the original or does not indicate the student’s gender at the time of birth. This does not apply to students in kindergarten through fourth grade, the Tennessee bill says.
Tennessee’s bill, which opponents have called “discriminatory,” will require students to play sports based on the gender identification on their birth certificate and will only compete against other athletes of the same biological sex.
“Governor Lee’s rush to sign this discriminatory bill against transgender people is unfortunately not a surprise, given that Tennessee’s elected leaders have aggressively pushed a ‘hate list’ against LGBTQ people over the past few years,” he said. Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. in a sentence.
“This bill legislates against an issue that just doesn’t exist and targets transgender children who are trying to navigate their teens,” David said. “Transgender children are children. Excluding them and discriminating against them does them great harm and weakens the communities in which these children feel excluded and marginalized.”