Openly Gay Republican Lawmaker Warns Proposed Transgender Bill could be bad Business

The state’s only openly gay Republican lawmaker, Rep. Eddie Mannis, a Republican from Knoxville recently warned his fellow GOP colleagues that legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized. Adding it could also harm Tennessee’s ability to recruit athletes and businesses.

Mannis’ remarks stand out inside the GOP-dominant Tennessee Statehouse, where several legislative leaders have expressed strong support of the measure despite criticism from Democratic members and civil rights advocates. According to the bill, student athletes would be required to prove that their sex matches that listed on the student’s “original” birth certificate in order to participate in public school sports.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 4,002 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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