Bill requiring state defense of schools bathroom policy axed

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | A bill authorizing Tennessee’s attorney general to defend a public school’s transgender bathroom and locker room policy is dead for the year.

The state Senate cast a voice vote Wednesday to delay consideration of Republican Sen. Joey Hensley’s bill until 2020. Some senators were heard voting to keep the bill alive.

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Tennessee Titans oppose state’s anti-LGBTQ bills

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Tennessee Titans have issued a statement opposing a series of anti-LGBTQ bills in the state, nicknamed the “Slate of Hate.”

These bills would target LGBTQ individuals in multiple ways. One bill would allow adoption agencies to reject same-sex parents on the basis of religious beliefs. Another bill would prevent government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies before selecting a contract and another bill would ban gay marriage in Tennessee.

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Tennessee bill would allow adoption groups to turn away gays

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | Tennessee lawmakers are working to become the latest state to ensure faith-based adoption agencies can refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs with facing any penalties.

The GOP-dominant House on Monday overwhelmingly voted 67-22 in support of the proposal after a brief but tense debate. The bill must now pass the similarly GOP-controlled Senate before it can reach Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for final approval.

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Tennessee House passes contentious anti-discrimination bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | Tennessee’s GOP-dominated House on March 21 approved an anti-discrimination business bill that some critics say is dangerous for LGBTQ people.

According to the bill, cities and state agencies would be banned from taking “discriminatory action” against businesses if they have internal polices in compliance with state law.

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Nashville becomes first Southern city to recognize LGBT-owned businesses

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Nashville on Feb. 11 became the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses.

Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city.

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Author writes of boy discovering he’s gay in deep South

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | After service one Sunday, little Greg Howard wandered past one of the church ladies, who was confiding to another nearby.

“It would kill his mama,” the woman said, “if she knew he was funny.”

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Nashville Police name 1st full-time LGBT community liaison

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | The Metro Nashville Police Department has named its first liaison to the LGBTQ community.

Chief Steve Anderson announced Jan. 10 that Officer Catie Poole will serve in the new role. Poole is a five-year Nashville Police veteran who recently was a downtown bicycle officer.

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Memphis mother and son run LGBTQ magazine, radio show

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) | Gwendolyn Clemons and her son Davin have a lot in common.

They both are gay.

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Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | Taylor Swift’s first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn’t likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say.

Republicans now have some bad blood with the star after a surprise endorsement on Instagram Oct. 7 for Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and an argument against Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.

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County commission votes down anti-gay marriage resolution

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county commission has rejected a symbolic resolution condemning same-sex marriage.

News outlets report four Hamblen County commissioners voted for the resolution Thursday, while five voted against it and four abstained. The commission meeting was preceded by around 50 people demonstrating against the resolution outside the courthouse.

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Historical marker honors Tennessee LGBT activist

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A historical marker has been unveiled honoring a pioneering activist for gay and lesbian rights in Tennessee.

Media outlets report the marker was unveiled Saturday during a ceremony outside the former home of Penny Campbell in Nashville.

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Army nominee forced to withdraw over anti-LGBT views runs for Congress

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A Tennessee state senator forced to withdraw his nomination as Army secretary under the Trump administration after calling being transgender a “disease” has launched a campaign to run for Congress.

Mark Green will pursue the seat representing Tennessee’s 7th congressional district in the aftermath of its current occupant, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), declaring her bid to run for U.S. Senate.

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