Bill Filed to Enhance Punishment for Indecent Exposure, Draws Concern from LGBTQ Advocates

A new bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that seeks to enhance punishment for any person who commits indecent exposure in bathrooms is drawing concern from LGBTQ advocates, the Tennessean reports. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, would expand the "offense of indecent exposure to include incidents occurring in a restroom, locker room, dressing room, or shower, designated for single-sex, multi-person use, if the offender is a member of the opposite sex than the sex designated for use." Ragan said it was designed to "protect members of the opposite sex from having their privacy invaded" and includes no exception for "gender dysphoria" or "gender confusion."  Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said the bill could be used to criminalize transgender individuals.
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