Hate Crimes and Birth Certificate Bills Filed
For Immediate Release: Dated February 3, 2011
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is pleased to announce that both of our bills have been reintroduced in the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.
This week, SB 0313 by *Marrero (*HB 0187 by *Richardson) was filed, which would provide for amendment of birth certificate to reflect a change in gender. Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the nation with a law that totally bans such changes.
Also filed was SB 0314 by *Marrero (*HB 0188 by *Richardson), which adds as an advisory enhancement factor to sentencing that defendant intentionally chose victim of crime based on gender identity or expression. Passage of this bill willmake it easier for state and local authorities to track and prosecute hate crimes against Transgender Tennesseans.
We urge Tennessee lawmakers to pass both of these vital pieces of legislation.