Curb Records sues Tennessee governor over transphobic toilet bill

Curb Records – alongside its philanthropic affiliate, the Mike Curb Foundation – has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s dividing law HB 1182, which requires transgender businesses to advertise that they allow customers of different genders to use their facilities. using demeaning language.

Bill 1182 went into effect Thursday, July 1, and requires businesses to display a warning sign if they allow transgender customers to use their bathrooms. The signs – which according to Curb Records “have spread[s] state’s favorite message on fear of and intolerance of transgender people ”– read:“ THIS ESTABLISHMENT NOW A POLICY TO ALLOW BIOLOGICAL SEX USE OF TOILETS, REGARDLESS OF TOILET DESIGNATION ”.

The bill was enacted in May by Tennessee Gov. William Lee, who is now sued by Curb Records because, according to its founder Mike Curb (himself a former Lieutenant Governor of California), it violates the constitutional right of the first amendment to freedom of speech. , the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under federal law, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964 prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of sex.

“The required notice serves no legitimate or rational purpose and does not solve any real problem,” Curb argued in his lawsuit, filed on June 30. Rather, it seeks to enlist Tennessee companies and other institutions to spread the state’s preferred message of fear and intolerance towards transgender people and falsely portray them as a threat to safety or life. deprived of other members of the public.

In a statement, Curb explained his distaste for the transphobic law: “It is outrageous that the government is coming to force me to send such a derogatory message to my employees and customers. My grandmother Eloisa Salazar faced incredible discrimination growing up on the border between Mexico and the United States, and her experience shaped the values ​​of my family and my business.

“Our foundation has been dedicated to inclusion and non-discrimination, including for LGBT people, from day one. It’s hard to believe that our LGBT community in Tennessee is under assault by so many nefarious laws, much of which is signed by Governor Lee, at a time when our country needs to come together more than ever. “

Curb’s lawsuit against Lee follows a similar lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which also seeks to challenge HB 1182.

In addition to his work as a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, Curb has long been a champion of human rights and progressive movements. He founded the Mike Curb Foundation in 1998, and through it has provided grants and gifts totaling over £ 72million (US $ 100million) to support public education, historic preservation, the homeless. shelter and more.

Curb Records was founded in 1963 and has been operating in Nashville, Tennessee ever since.

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