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Tennessee is joining 15 others to try to overturn a recent ruling that found sex discrimination laws cover transgender people.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery made the announcement Tuesday. He and his colleagues want the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a decision issued earlier this year by the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Tennessee. It decided in favor of a transgender employee who was fired by a Michigan funeral home for refusing to abide by its dress code. / Flickr

Tennessee lawmakers are again getting involved in the fight over transgender access to school facilities, even though President Donald Trump's administration has dropped its investigations into civil rights complaints from transgender students.

Only a handful of Nashville’s official historical markers recognize contemporary achievements, but the city is getting another.

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A Tennessee appeals court says a Williamson County judge was wrong to reject a transgender teen's petition to change his legal name.

The judge had apparently determined that the teen and his parents failed to make the case for the name change. But in a ruling released Tuesday, a three-judge panel declared there was plenty of evidence for it.

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Nashville medical providers say southern states need help figuring out how to care for transgender people. Panelists from Middle Tennessee addressed a transgender health conference in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Mother. Father. Husband. Wife.

What do words like that mean in the context of same-sex marriage?

Tennessee lawmakers say they should mean what they have in the past, and that has LGBT rights groups worried.

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Republican state lawmakers are denying they pressured the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga into firing a public radio reporter.

Reporter Jacqui Helbert has been accused of recording meetings between a group of high school students and their state lawmakers without identifying herself. / Flickr

Tennessee lawmakers have rejected a measure that would've restricted which bathroom transgender students can use, apparently putting an end to the debate for the year.

A Senate panel on Wednesday declined to take up a proposal that would have required transgender students to use the bathroom of the sex on their birth certificate.

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LGBT rights organizations have been amping up their opposition to a number of bills in the Tennessee state legislature.

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A plan to make transgender students use the bathroom of their birth sex has been put on hold — possibly for good.

The move comes amid a rapidly changing legal landscape for transgender people. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Mark Pody, cited that evolving debate over transgender rights as he withdrew his measure.