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Tennessee okays bill criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care

In Tennessee in the US, the Statehouse – controlled by rightwing-leaning Republicans – gave its final approval to a legislation criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent. This first-in-the-nation proposal will now be sent to the office of Gov. Bill Lee, who is expected to sign it into law.

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Land of the free… just not for LGBTQIA people.

In Tennessee in the US, the Statehouse – controlled by rightwing-leaning Republicans – gave its final approval to a legislation criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent. This first-in-the-nation proposal will now be sent to the office of Gov. Bill Lee, who is expected to sign it into law.

However, the legislation has been criticized for being too broad – e.g. merely talking to an adolescent about where to find gender-affirming care services may be deemed a violation, and could merit fines and/or jail time.

To date, Tennessee already enacted more anti-LGBTQIA laws more than any other American state since 2015, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Only recently, Lee also signed into law a measure allowing LGBTQIA foster children to be placed with anti-LGBTQIA families.

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