Republican Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a bill to separate school bathrooms according to biological sex in and attempt to reduce the risk of sexual assault and any other harm that could come from biological boys using the girls’ rooms.
On May 14, 2021 Lee signed the “Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act,” or House Bill 1233, allowing students to sue for damages if they are exposed to members of the opposite sex in school bathrooms, locker rooms, or sleeping quarters. It mandates that students who are “unwilling” or “unable” to use facilities based on their biological sex may not granted access to facilities for the other sex. Encountering a student of the opposite sex in a bathroom or other private space is grounds for legal action according to the bill.
The bill states, “A reasonable accommodation does not include access to a restroom or changing facility that is designated for use by members of the opposite sex while persons of the opposite sex are present or could be present.”
The bill passed overwhelmingly 23-7 reflecting common sense, and clear logical thinking both on the part of the Tennessee legislature. It was a nice refreshing reprieve from the staunchly divided country. Which about half would require people in general to us the bathroom of the gender they were born with, while about half or slightly over would be ok with men in little the girl’s room.
Major corporations like Amazon, Nissan, Pfizer, and Warner Music Group, who have been infiltrated by woke ideology and liberal left thinking tried to pressure Tennessee officials not to pass the bill. A letter signed by 140 business threatened in a letter stating such an action would “Put our collective economic success at risk”
Lawmakers in Tennessee dismissed the corporate threats. Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) told the Chattanooga Times Free Press “I think at some point that the people of this state and the legislature have got to decide whether we bow down to corporate people or bow down to the LGBTQ crowd, or do what we think is best for Tennesseans.”
“We still have all kinds of businesses and corporations coming to Tennessee because we’re such a great place to do business in, a great place to raise families in and low taxes,” he said.
“People that were born a certain sex ought to respect everybody else and observe the bathrooms as we have them set up,” Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) told the Chattanooga Times. “And just because somebody thinks they’re something doesn’t mean they are something.”
Tim Hutchison the former sheriff of Knox County Tennessee indicated that, Experts have warned for years about the dangers of abolishing sex-based facilities and giving gender-confused individuals access to private spaces for the opposite sex. Saying, “Public restrooms are crime attractors, and have long been well-known as areas in which offenders seek out victims in a planned and deliberate way,”
Such as was seen 2018 when a “gender fluid” male student sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl after a public school in Georgia liberalized their bathroom policy without notifying parents. This and similar instances prompted Hutchison to say that these type of policies for restrooms based on gender identity and not on biological sex create a real public safety risk as well as privacy complications.
Full letter and list of companies can be found here