Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk received national attention from People magazine for his stance against the so-called ‘hate bill’ against the transgender community passed in 2021.
Days after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill in 2021 requiring businesses and government facilities to display signs notifying the public if they let transgender people use their multi-person bathrooms or changing rooms, Nashville’s top prosecutor stated he won’t enforce the law.
“I believe every person is welcome and valued in Nashville. Enforcement of transphobic or homophobic laws is contrary to those values,” District Attorney General Glenn Funk said. “My office will not promote hate.”
The bill in question is aimed at transgender people and carries criminal penalties for businesses that don’t comply. Tennessee is the first state in the nation to enact such a law. It’s one of five anti-transgender measures approved by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Lee during the 2021 session.