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Tennessee Trans Health Ban Lawsuit

By Charlotte Robinson, April 21, 2023

Families of transgender youth in Tennessee & legal organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Tennessee seeking declaratory & injunctive relief of SB1 which bans access to gender-affirming care for transgender people under the age of 18 set to take effect on July 1st. Phil Cobucci Founder of inclusion tennessee stated, “Since the start of this legislative session, we’ve heard from families all across Tennessee who were worried about the passage of this anti-transgender healthcare ban. Since then, we’ve been working tirelessly to prepare & ensure their transgender adolescents & their families can continue to access care in their home state. The filing of this lawsuit gives us great hope & we appreciate the legal organizations & plaintiffs for their leadership in court. As we await a decision in this ground-breaking legal case, we will continue to support trans youth & their families every way that we can.” Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara Executive Director at the Campaign for Southern Equality concluded, “We’re grateful to see SB1 challenged in federal court & send our love & solidarity to these courageous families & their legal teams. This law is flatly unconstitutional & we believe it must be struck down. We hope that the court will grant relief so that trans youth in Tennessee can continue accessing the health care that they need & deserve, without leaving their home state.” The case, L.W. v. Skrmetti, was filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Tennessee, & Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Emergency grants & patient navigation support are available for Tennessee families preparing for discriminatory healthcare ban. 

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