LGBT Section

The section strives to enhance the status of and provide opportunities to LGBT attorneys and their allies, and to advocate for the TBA's participation on issues of concern to members. Learn more, contact Jarod Word at

The Landers Firm, PLC
65 Union Ave, 9th Fl
Memphis, TN 38103
Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37919
Immediate Past Chair
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
311 W. Walnut St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

House Passes Business Discrimination Bill

The Tennessee House yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill that supporters say would protect people from discrimination and critics call a “license to discriminate," The Nashville Post reports. The bill, carried by Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, “prohibits state and local governmental entities from taking discriminatory action against a business based on that business's internal policies.” LGBTQ advocates have been the most forceful opponents of the bill, with Tennessee Equality Project executive director Chris Sanders calling the bill a “clear swipe at the LGBTQ community, since we are not already protected by federal and state law in employment, housing and public accommodations.”
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Clergy Sign Proclamation Opposing Religious Exemption for Adoption Agencies

A number of religious leaders in Tennessee are taking a stand against legislation allowing exemptions for adoption agencies to refuse services to LGBT clients, The Tennessean reports. The Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBT advocacy group, assisted with the pronouncement that was signed by more than 100 clergy. Tennessee Equality Project Executive Director Chris Sanders regarding the move said:  "These six bills attack our marriages, ability to form families, exist in public spaces, and they even undermine our ability to advocate with our own city governments for protection against discrimination.” One of the bills in question — SB1304 — will be considered by the  Senate Judiciary Committee on March 26.

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