Jacob Brashier says he suffered antigay harassment while working at a nursing home and was ultimately fired.
Sen. Paul Rose is pushing legislation that would undermine local efforts to support equality.
The bill, now signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee, lets faith-based agencies receive public funds even if they discriminate and protects them from lawsuits.
The state capitol currently features a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a KKK member and Confederate general who oversaw the killings of hundreds of Black soldiers.
Channing Smith died by suicide after being outed online, but D.A. Craig Northcott says no crimes were committed by those who shared Smith's personal messages.
Warren Hurst, who said it's "ugly" that a "queer" is running for president, has also drawn a response from the target of his ire.
And his statement even drew applause.