TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 14, 2019
Tennessee has become the first state in the South with a hate crime statute protecting transgender individuals, following the Feb. 8 issuance of an opinion by State Attorney General Herbert Slatery, the Tennessean reports. "A defendant who targets a person for a crime because that person is transgender has targeted the person because of his or her gender within the meaning of the current state law that outlines sentence enhancements for hate crimes," Slatery wrote. The opinion came in response to a question posed by Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville.