Republican lawmakers plan to strip Vanderbilt Hospital of child transgender surgeries

John Partipilo / Tennessee Lookout / Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Video and reports posted online Tuesday by conservative blogger Matt Walsh showing Vanderbilt officials discussing gender-affirming surgeries sparked outrage by Republican lawmakers.

Fueled by a Twitter report, Republican lawmakers are planning to pass legislation in 2023 to stop Vanderbilt University Medical Center from performing pediatric transgender surgeries.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Lee requested an investigation, and Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti's office said he will use the "full scope" of his authority to make sure state law is being followed.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, said in a statement he is looking into "conflicting reports" on the matter but noted it is "inappropriate for any minor to have any gender reassignment surgery or puberty blockers given to them."

"Your biological sex at birth is your identity. There will be legislation filed this session by many members to protect Tennesseans from this barbaric practice," Sexton said.

Outrage surfaced among some legislators after conservative blogger Matt Walsh posted video and reports Tuesday showing Vanderbilt officials discussing gender-affirming surgeries.