Federal lawsuit challenges Tennessee ban on insurance coverage for state employees’ transgender treatments

NASHVILLE — Two women, one of them a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga employee, filed a suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Nashville charging they were denied "essential medical coverage" for gender-affirming care through the state's health plan.

Gerda Zinner, a 30-year-old transgender woman from Hamilton County who has worked at UTC since 2019 and is an academic advisor, and Story VanNess, 38, a transgender woman who lives in Knox County and worked five years as a special education teacher for Knox County Schools, say in the suit they were denied care through state or local health plans.


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