Trans Legislation Tracker

Tennessee

We are tracking 23 anti-trans bills in Tennessee in 2024. The legislation impacts 5 categories:

PERFORMANCE

EDUCATION

HEALTHCARE

MARRIAGE

OTHER

TN HB0030

PERFORMANCE
ENGROSSED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 51, relative to adult cabaret entertainment.

As introduced, requires a person to obtain a valid entertainer permit from the adult-oriented establishment board, in those jurisdictions with a board, prior to performing adult cabaret entertainment for compensation; prohibits public, private, and commercial establishments from allowing persons under the age of 18 to attend a performance featuring adult cabaret entertainment. - Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 51.

TN HB0107

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 1 and Title 49, Chapter 6, relative to student retention.

As introduced, requires an LEA or public charter school to adopt and implement a retention policy for third grade students who are not proficient in English language arts (ELA), rather than requiring the LEA to retain a third grade student who does not achieve a certain performance level rating on the ELA portion of the student's most recent Tennessee comprehensive assessment program test; establishes parental notice requirements for LEAs and public charter schools that recommend a third grade student for retention; removes the authority of the state board of education to establish an appeal process for certain students identified for retention. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1 and Title 49, Chapter 6.

A student's parent or legal guardian, or the student if the student is at least eighteen (18) years of age, must provide a written, informed, and voluntarily signed consent to the student's LEA or public charter school for the student to receive instruction of a sexual orientation curriculum or gender identity curriculum. A student's parent or legal guardian, or the student if the student is at least eighteen (18) years of age, may withdraw the parent's, legal guardian's, or student's consent at any time before the student receives instruction of a sexual orientation curriculum or gender identity curriculum.

TN HB0571

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 9; Title 12; Title 49 and Title 63, relative to limiting the application of DEI training.

As introduced, prohibits public institutions of higher education offering certain medical and health-related degree or certificate programs, and state contractors, from requiring diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for purposes of the issuance of a degree, or the approval of a state contract or grant, as applicable. - Amends TCA Title 9; Title 12; Title 49 and Title 63.

TN HB1215

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4; Title 56; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to managed care organizations.

As introduced, prohibits any managed care organization that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance from providing reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex, or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 56; Title 68 and Title 71.

A managed care organization (MCO) that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance pursuant to this part shall not provide reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of: (1) Enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex; or (2) Treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity.

TN HB1378

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 63 and Title 68, relative to health.

As introduced, enacts the “Youth Health Protection Act.” - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 63 and Title 68.

It is unlawful for an individual to engage in the following practices upon a minor, or cause the practices to be performed, to facilitate the minor's desire to present or appear in a manner that is inconsistent with the minor's sex: (1) Surgery that sterilizes the minor, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty; (2) A mastectomy; (3) Administering or supplying the following medications that induce transient or permanent infertility: (A) Puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty; (B) Supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or other androgens to members of the female sex; or (C) Supraphysiologic doses of estrogen or synthetic compounds with estrogenic activity to members of the male sex; or (4) Removing an otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.

TN HB1414

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 36 and Title 49, relative to the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act."

As introduced, enacts the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act," which declares that the ability of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of that parent’s child is a fundamental right. - Amends TCA Title 36 and Title 49.

TN HB1447

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 28; Title 29; Title 33; Title 34; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to treatment of minors.

As introduced, clarifies that prescribing hormone treatment for minors is not a standard medical practice when the treatment is for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity. - Amends TCA Title 28; Title 29; Title 33; Title 34; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-1-169(b), is amended by deleting the language "for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors" and substituting instead the language "to enable a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor's sex or treat purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity".

TN HB1948

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, relative to public institutions of higher education.

As introduced, establishes various prohibitions and requirements for public institutions of higher education regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Amends TCA Title 49.

The board of trustees of the University of Tennessee, the board of regents, and each state university board shall ensure that each institution governed by the respective board: (1) Does not, except as required by federal law: (A) Establish or maintain a diversity, equity, and inclusion office or an office, unit, or administrative subdivision regardless of name or designation that performs in whole or in part the duties or activities of a diversity, equity, and inclusion office as specified in subsection [...] (E) Require, as a condition of enrolling in the institution or performing any function of the institution, a person to participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion training, which: (i) Includes a training, program, or activity regarding race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation;

TN HB1995

MARRIAGE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 18, Chapter 6; Title 36, Chapter 3 and Title 68, Chapter 3, relative to marriage.

As introduced, requires the department to create a separate marriage license application form and marriage license form that may be used by applicants if the bride is a female and the groom is a male; prohibits a county clerk from certifying and recording this marriage license form if the form was used to solemnize a marriage between persons other than a female bride and a male groom. - Amends TCA Title 18, Chapter 6; Title 36, Chapter 3 and Title 68, Chapter 3.

A marriage license application form that may be used by applicants, [...] in addition to providing for the collection of vital information [...], must clearly state in the instructions and on the form that: (i) Only a female applicant may be listed on this form as the bride and only a male applicant may be listed on this form as the groom; [...] A county clerk shall not record and certify a marriage license created pursuant to § 68-3-103(2) (B) if the license was used to solemnize a marriage between persons who do not meet the requirements

TN HB2165

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, relative to K-12 education.

As introduced, requires a request made by a student to an employee of the student's LEA or public charter school for an accommodation to affirm the student's gender identity to be reported to a school administrator and to the student's parent; prohibits an employee of an LEA or public charter school from knowingly providing false or misleading information to a student's parent regarding the student's gender identity or intention to transition to a gender that differs from the student's sex at the time of birth; authorizes civil actions to be filed by parents and by the attorney general and reporter against a noncompliant LEA or public charter school. - Amends TCA Title 49.

An employee of an LEA or public charter school shall not knowingly give false or misleading information to the parent of a student regarding the student's gender identity or the student's intention to transition to a gender that differs from the sex listed on the student's official birth certificate or certificate of birth issued upon adoption, if the certificate of birth was issued at or near the time of the student's birth.

TN HB2169

OTHER
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 37, relative to the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act.

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act," which prohibits the department of children's services from requiring an adoptive or foster parent to support a policy on sexual orientation or gender identity that conflicts with the parent's sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. - Amends TCA Title 37.

The department shall not establish or enforce a standard, rule, or policy that precludes consideration of a parent for a placement based, in whole or in part, upon the parent's sincerely held religious or moral beliefs regarding sexual orientation or gender identity. Such beliefs do not create a presumption that any particular placement is contrary to the best interest of the child.

INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 45 and Title 47, Chapter 18, relative to financial services.

As introduced, enacts the "Equality in Financial Services Act." - Amends TCA Title 45 and Title 47, Chapter 18.

TN HB2816

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 1; Title 4; Title 33; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to health care.

As introduced, requires gender clinics accepting funds from this state to perform gender transition procedures to also perform detransition procedures; requires insurance entities providing coverage of gender transition procedures to also cover detransition procedures; requires certain gender clinics and insurance entities to report information regarding detransition procedures to the department of health. - Amends TCA Title 1; Title 4; Title 33; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

Right to public transparency. (a) A gender clinic operating in this state shall report statistics regarding all gender transition procedures to the department on a form provided by the department. (b) The department shall develop a form for reporting under subsection (a) and determine the statistics to be reported, which must include: (1) The date on which the gender transition procedure was prescribed or the referral was made for the gender transition procedure; (2) The age and sex of the person for whom the gender transition procedure was prescribed or the gender transition procedure referral was made; (3) For a drug prescribed as part of a gender transition procedure: (A) The name of the drug; (B) The dosage of the drug; (C) The dosage frequency and duration; and (D) The method by which the drug will be administered; (4) For a surgical procedure provided or a referral made for a surgical procedure as part of a gender transition procedure, the type of surgical procedure identified by the current procedural terminology (CPT) code; (5) The state and county of residence of the person receiving the gender transition procedure; (6) The name, contact information, and medical specialty of the healthcare professional who prescribed the gender transition procedure or made the referral for the gender transition procedure; and (7) A list of any diagnoses that the person receiving or referred for a gender transition procedure has received of neurological, behavioral, or mental health conditions.

TN SB0005

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 63 and Title 68, relative to health.

As introduced, enacts the “Youth Health Protection Act.” - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 63 and Title 68.

It is unlawful for an individual to engage in the following practices upon a minor, or cause the practices to be performed, to facilitate the minor's desire to present or appear in a manner that is inconsistent with the minor's sex: (1) Surgery that sterilizes the minor, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty; (2) A mastectomy; (3) Administering or supplying the following medications that induce transient or permanent infertility: (A) Puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty; (B) Supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or other androgens to members of the female sex; or (C) Supraphysiologic doses of estrogen or synthetic compounds with estrogenic activity to members of the male sex

TN SB0603

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 9; Title 12; Title 49 and Title 63, relative to limiting the application of DEI training.

As introduced, prohibits public institutions of higher education offering certain medical and health-related degree or certificate programs, and state contractors, from requiring diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for purposes of the issuance of a degree, or the approval of a state contract or grant, as applicable. - Amends TCA Title 9; Title 12; Title 49 and Title 63.

TN SB0620

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 36 and Title 49, relative to the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act."

As introduced, enacts the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act," which declares that the ability of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of that parent’s child is a fundamental right. - Amends TCA Title 36 and Title 49.

TN SB1339

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4; Title 56; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to managed care organizations.

As introduced, prohibits any managed care organization that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance from providing reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex, or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 56; Title 68 and Title 71.

A managed care organization (MCO) that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance pursuant to this part shall not provide reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of: (1) Enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex; or (2) Treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity.

TN SB1469

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 28; Title 29; Title 33; Title 34; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to treatment of minors.

As introduced, clarifies that prescribing hormone treatment for minors is not a standard medical practice when the treatment is for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity. - Amends TCA Title 28; Title 29; Title 33; Title 34; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-1-169(b), is amended by deleting the language "for gender dysphoric or gender incongruent prepubertal minors" and substituting instead the language "to enable a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor's sex or treat purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity".

INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 37, relative to the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act.

As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act," which prohibits the department of children's services from requiring an adoptive or foster parent to support a policy on sexual orientation or gender identity that conflicts with the parent's sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. - Amends TCA Title 37.

The department shall not establish or enforce a standard, rule, or policy that precludes consideration of a parent for a placement based, in whole or in part, upon the parent's sincerely held religious or moral beliefs regarding sexual orientation or gender identity. Such beliefs do not create a presumption that any particular placement is contrary to the best interest of the child

TN SB1810

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, relative to K-12 education.

As introduced, requires a request made by a student to an employee of the student's LEA or public charter school for an accommodation to affirm the student's gender identity to be reported to a school administrator and to the student's parent; prohibits an employee of an LEA or public charter school from knowingly providing false or misleading information to a student's parent regarding the student's gender identity or intention to transition to a gender that differs from the student's sex at the time of birth; authorizes civil actions to be filed by parents and by the attorney general and reporter against a noncompliant LEA or public charter school. - Amends TCA Title 49.

If a student enrolled in an LEA or pubic charter school requests an accommodation from an employee of the LEA or public charter school that is intended to affirm the student's gender identity, including a request that the student be addressed using a name that differs from the name assigned to the student on the student's school registration forms or in the student's educational record, or that the student be addressed using a pronoun that does not correspond with the sex listed on the student's official birth certificate or certificate of birth issued upon adoption, if the certificate of birth was issued at or near the time of the student's birth, then the employee of the LEA or public charter school shall report the student's request to a school administrator, and the school administrator shall report the student's request to the student's parent.

TN SB2350

EDUCATION
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, relative to public institutions of higher education.

As introduced, establishes various prohibitions and requirements for public institutions of higher education regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Amends TCA Title 49.

The board of trustees of the University of Tennessee, the board of regents, and each state university board shall ensure that each institution governed by the respective board: (1) Does not [...] (A) Establish or maintain a diversity, equity, and inclusion office or an office [...] (B) Hire or assign an employee of the institution or otherwise contract with a third party for the third party to perform the duties of a diversity, equity, and inclusion office; (C) Compel, require, induce, solicit, or imply any negative direct or indirect consequences for the refusal of a person to provide a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement [...] (E) Require, as a condition of enrolling in the institution or performing any function of the institution, a person to participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion training, which: (i) Includes a training, program, or activity regarding race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation;

TN SB2396

HEALTHCARE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 1; Title 4; Title 33; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71, relative to health care.

As introduced, requires gender clinics accepting funds from this state to perform gender transition procedures to also perform detransition procedures; requires insurance entities providing coverage of gender transition procedures to also cover detransition procedures; requires certain gender clinics and insurance entities to report information regarding detransition procedures to the department of health. - Amends TCA Title 1; Title 4; Title 33; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

Right to public transparency. (a) A gender clinic operating in this state shall report statistics regarding all gender transition procedures to the department on a form provided by the department. (b) The department shall develop a form for reporting under subsection (a) and determine the statistics to be reported, which must include: (1) The date on which the gender transition procedure was prescribed or the referral was made for the gender transition procedure; (2) The age and sex of the person for whom the gender transition procedure was prescribed or the gender transition procedure referral was made; (3) For a drug prescribed as part of a gender transition procedure: (A) The name of the drug; (B) The dosage of the drug; (C) The dosage frequency and duration; and (D) The method by which the drug will be administered; (4) For a surgical procedure provided or a referral made for a surgical procedure as part of a gender transition procedure, the type of surgical procedure identified by the current procedural terminology (CPT) code; (5) The state and county of residence of the person receiving the gender transition procedure; (6) The name, contact information, and medical specialty of the healthcare professional who prescribed the gender transition procedure or made the referral for the gender transition procedure; and (7) A list of any diagnoses that the person receiving or referred for a gender transition procedure has received of neurological, behavioral, or mental health conditions.

TN SB2780

MARRIAGE
INTRODUCED

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 18, Chapter 6; Title 36, Chapter 3 and Title 68, Chapter 3, relative to marriage.

As introduced, requires the department to create a separate marriage license application form and marriage license form that may be used by applicants if the bride is a female and the groom is a male; prohibits a county clerk from certifying and recording this marriage license form if the form was used to solemnize a marriage between persons other than a female bride and a male groom. - Amends TCA Title 18, Chapter 6; Title 36, Chapter 3 and Title 68, Chapter 3.