As introduced, the bill adds as an advisory enhancement factor to sentencing that defendant intentionally chose victim of crime based on gender identity or expression. - Amends TCA Section 40-35-114. Sexual orientation is already included in the Tennessee hate crimes law, but gender identity and expression are not. The transgender community is particularly vulnerable to hate crimes. The bill is up in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday.
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is the lead organization in advocating for the bill, which they wrote.