Gov. Lee has signed a bill that requires businesses and government facilities open to the public to post signage if they allow transgender people to use multi-person bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms associated with their gender identity
Chattanooga, TN – According to the officials, Gov. Lee signed the House Bill 1182 on Monday, making Tennessee the first state to require public businesses to post signs outside of any facility considered inclusive.
The law will go into effect on July 1.
The signing comes a few days after Lee quietly signed another controversial piece of legislation into law. The governor signed a bill that puts public schools and districts in Tennessee at risk of lawsuits if they allow transgender students or staff to use multi-person locker rooms or restrooms, that don’t align with their sex at birth.
The “bathroom bill” requires schools to try to offer a single-occupancy or employee facility for anyone who wants more privacy, but it specifically bars letting transgender people use multi-person facilities that don’t align with their birth gender.