Tennessee House Votes to Cut Funds for Diversity Center

April 19, 2016

The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Monday to cut all state funds for a diversity office at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that has angered lawmakers by sharing information about the pronouns preferred by transgender students and the diversity of holidays observed (or not observed) by students and faculty members, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The legislation would also bar the use of state funds for the annual Sex Week at the university, which already does not use state funds. The legislation would redirect state money that supports the diversity office to scholarships for minority engineering students, and decals that say "In God We Trust" to go on law enforcement vehicles. The Senate has not passed the legislation. Students are planning to protest the bill today.

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