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A View of Anti-LGBT Tennessee
Tennessee has been in the news recently for its new law allowing therapists with religious objections to turn away LGBT clients and its (withdrawn, for now) anti-transgender "bathroom bill." But in the state that nurtured blues, rock, and country music, there has been a cacophony of homophobia coming from some extremists for decades. While the state has been more progressive in some ways than its Southern neighbors — Tennessee courts, for instance, struck down the state's sodomy law several years before the U.S. Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling — there are plenty of incidents to fill a history book of Tennessee homophobia just from this century, including attempts to nullify marriage equality, a "don't say gay" bill, and an invalidation of LGBT-inclusive city nondiscrimination laws, years before North Carolina enacted a similar measure. Click through to learn more.