Nashville Record Executive Files Second Lawsuit Against Transgender Bathroom Law

Photo: Mike Curb / Background: Music Row Nashville

Photo Credit: Curb Records / Facebook ; Background Photo – Jason Mrachina / CC

Published July 1, 2021

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Independent record label Curb Records and the Mike Curb Foundation filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, challenging Tennessee’s new transgender bathroom law. This new lawsuit comes swiftly on the heels of the Tennessee ACLU’s initial lawsuit against Governor Bill Lee and several additional parties.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

The new law requires businesses to post a sign on their premises if they allow transgender individuals to access any restroom or other facilities based on their gender identity, rather than biological sex.

Mike Curb is the founder of Curb Records and President of the Mike Curb Foundation. According to the Foundation’s website, their goal is to “partner with government, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of marginalized people.”

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Curb expressed outrage at the government’s desire to regulate the restroom signs. 

“It’s outrageous to have the government come in and force me to send such a derogatory message to my employees and customers,” Curb said.

He argues that the law is discriminatory and hostile, likening it to racial discrimination faced by his ancestors.

“My grandmother Eloisa Salazar faced incredible discrimination as she grew up on the Mexico-U.S. border, and her experience shaped my family’s and my company’s values. It is hard to believe that our LGBT community in Tennessee is being assaulted with so much harmful legislation, much of it being signed by Governor Lee, at a time when our country needs to come together more than ever before,” he continued.

The new lawsuit names Governor Lee, state fire marshal Carter Lawrence, Metro Nashville Codes Director William B. Herbert IV, and Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk. 

The lawsuit claims that “the required notice serves no legitimate or rational purpose and solves no actual problem. It instead seeks to conscript Tennessee businesses and other institutions to spread the State’s preferred message of fear and intolerance towards transgender people and to falsely portray them as a threat to the safety or privacy of other members of the public.”

“In doing so, it also forces businesses like Curb Records and many other Tennessee employers to violate federal law, which prohibits discrimination against transgender employees,” the suit continues.

They are asking the court to stop all state agents from enforcing the law. Funk has previously stated that he would “not promote hate” and would not be pressing charges against anyone who did not post the signs.

Republican lawmakers have continually argued that the new law is not meant to target transgender individuals. They have stated that there is no restriction on anyone using the restroom or facilities of their choice. They say, instead, that the legislation is meant to protect privacy of patrons.

Curb’s attempt to venture into the political realm is not new. At one time, Curb served as Acting Governor and Lieutenant Governor of California in the early 1980s and also served as President of the California state senate. 

The Attorney General’s office will represent the state in all court proceedings regarding state law.

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About the Author:


Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative 

Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen and the Crossville Chronicle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

10 thoughts on “Nashville Record Executive Files Second Lawsuit Against Transgender Bathroom Law

  • July 1, 2021 at 4:06 pm


    • July 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Ditto, we left California because of that.

    • July 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      This is why we left California tied of all this ridiculous “rubbish” so go back to California and leave Tennessee alone. You argument is way off base, a man “identifying as a women is not the same as a person who has a heritage background. Where is your common sense and you head at trying to mix apples and oranges.

    • July 2, 2021 at 5:03 am

      I agree 100% thank you for saying so.

  • July 1, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I would like to know if Mike Curb has young daughters. I am guessing that he does not. Males – with male plumbing should go to the male bathroom. Period. I don’t care if they think they feel like a woman – they are not. And never will be. You cannot rid your body of the DNA given to you a birth. If he feels so bad about the law – then create a unisex bathroom in your company. What it boils down to is transgender people now have more rights than REAL women. We (women) should have privacy when we do our business in a bathroom and not worry about a transgender guy standing in line waiting to use the stall and watching everyone – or watch us rearrange ourselves in front of mirror. We shouldn’t have to worry about our young children in a bathroom. It is just plain wrong.

  • July 1, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Men should go to mens bathroom and women to womens the gender you was born

  • July 1, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    The best solution may be to have single person Unisex bathrooms, yes this limits the number of facilities but takes the emotional debate out of the equation. When discussing transgender is it surgical, hormonal or emotional? I just don’t want a physically equipped male in bathrooms with women and children.

  • July 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Looks like the kind of guy that wants to go into the bathroom with little girls.

  • July 2, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    So he’s from Commiefornia, the land of fruits and nuts. If you don’t like Tennessee, move your little hinny back to California.

    Easy answer!

  • July 6, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Please, boycott any businesses that allow transgenders to use public bathrooms!


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