NRPA and ASLA Express Support for Nashville Mayor's Opposition to Anti-Transgender Laws in Tennessee

(September 17, 2021)

Today, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) sent a joint letter to Nashville Mayor John Cooper to express our support and appreciation for his opposition to the recently enacted anti-transgender laws in the state of Tennessee.

NRPA and ASLA are in solidarity with Mayor Cooper's position on protecting full equality in public accommodations and access to public spaces for transgender and non-binary people. We applaud his efforts to stand against discriminatory laws and to ensure that residents and visitors alike feel welcome in Nashville.

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About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.