Miley Cyrus and Ty Herndon speak out against LGBT discrimination bills in Tennessee

Native Tennessean Myley Cyrus and country singer Ty Herndon have spoken out against harmful anti-LGBT legislation that passed through the Tennessee House of Representatives. Today, The House House Bill 1840, also known as Hate Bill 1840, allows counselors to refuse mental health services to clients based on the counselor's religious beliefs. 

 

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The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) released a statement  condemning the House's passage and highlighting the harmful repercussions of the bill:

By putting the focus on counselors instead of clients, the bill damages the counseling profession and puts vulnerable clients at risk. We are particularly concerned about rural LGBT people who already have limited access to affirming mental health services...[The] Legislature has opened the door to discrimination in Tennessee and our state could experience the same national rath that Indiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi are now facing.

 TEP previously relseased a letter signed by 50 Tennessee clergy who oppose the bill with the following statement:

As faith leaders and clergy serviving people in Tennessee, we urge the Tennessee House of Representatives to reject House Bill 1840, which allows counselors to turn clients away based on the counselor's religious beliefs. Those seeking counseling deserve the highest standard of care and we believe the Americaqn Counseling Association's code of ethics provides that standard. 

The American Counseling Association has also condemned this Counseling Discrimination bill:

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, "LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. The fear of coming out or being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide, and substance abuse." 

In addition to HB 1840, Tennessee's Senate Eduation Committee passed HB 2414, a "bathroom bill" which requires public K-12 and higher education students to use the bathroom or changing room that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate and not with their gender identity. However, a House committee recently sent the bill to the summer study, and that motion will be reconsidered in the same House committee on Tuesday. 

 

Take Action:

Join GLAAD, The American Counseling Association, and The Tennessee Equality Project to urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill by signing this petition.   

UPDATE:Additional voices are speaking out: