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The legislative session begins in January. Learn about the emerging Slate of Hate for 2023 at this link.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Contact us at [email protected] . Unfortunately TEP does not have adequate time and resources to handle research requests. Note: We do not provide social services and cannot give you legal advice. We may be able to make a referral in those cases.
We are not currently seeking new or additional projects. Existing state legislative organizing and advocacy occupy our time.
MEDIA CONTACT: Send a message at [email protected] We see media email messages quickly and will get back to you as soon as we can. Chris Sanders, our executive director, will speak with you. Your request should be for interviews with TEP staff or volunteers. Requests for searches for people who fit your story may take longer or not be possible. We are out of the office until November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please, hold your media call until then.
What does TEP do? The Tennessee Equality Project advocates for the equal rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee. We do this through legislative advocacy. That means we lobby the Tennessee General Assembly and local governments around the state. When there is an important federal issue, like anti-LGBTQ adoption issue language in legislation, we help you make your voice heard with your federal officials.
What does the TEP Foundation do? The TEP Foundation provides a variety of educational and organizing programming. We have registered 364 voters online since October. 2017. We provide workshops called Advocacy 101 across the state so that more people can engage their elected officials. We monitor and analyze state legislation related to the LGBTQ community. We gather stories about the impact of state preemption of local government and provide public education on the issue. We hold Boro Pride in Murfreesboro annually. Our Tennessee Open For Business program recognizes companies that do not discriminate against their employees or customers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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We are a member of the Equality Federation.