Elaine Roth-Nichols

  • Censure Commissioner Hurst, make Sevier County policies inclusive

    The racist and homophobic comments of Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst have shocked people across the country.  Please, add your name to protest his divisive words and call for policy change in Sevier County, Tennessee.  We will deliver your signatures to the Sevier County Government in November at the next county commission meeting.

    1,741 signatures

    To the Honorable Larry Waters, Mayor of Sevier County, and to the honorable members of the Sevier County Commission:

    Calls have gone out across the country for Commissioner Warren Hurst to resign over his racist and homophobic comments. While that decision is in his hands, we call on you to censure him by resolution of the Sevier County Commission and to update the employment non-discrimination policy of Sevier County Government to protect county employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  We urge you to make this policy change by executive order immediately, to be followed by a confirming ordinance or resolution of the County Commission. 

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  • signed Urge Gov. Haslam to protect LGBTQ state government employees 2018-12-21 18:08:25 -0600
    Please protect your hard-working and dedicated LGBT State Employees from the evil scourge of discrimination.

    Thank You!

    Urge Gov. Haslam to protect LGBTQ state government employees

    Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed an executive order barring discrimination against state government employees on the basis of gender identity.  Discrimination based on sexual orientation was already banned. 

    Outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam could do the same for our state government employees.  Sign the petition and urge him to protect LGBTQ state government employees by executive order.  If we get 1000+ signatures, we will deliver them to the Governor's office. 

    646 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We urge you to sign an executive order protecting Tennessee state government employees from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the same protections that Ohio state government employees enjoy thanks to the recent executive order signed by outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich.

    Employees of our public colleges and universities already enjoy these projections as do the public employees in Metro Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knox County.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to work without the fear of discrimination. 

    Thank you for considering our views.

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  • signed Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed 2018-06-29 16:27:27 -0500
    Honorable Legislators,

    My wife and I have been a rock solid couple for 30 years. Considering the divorce rate hovers around 50 percent, that’s pretty good. We own our own home, look after our elderly neighbor and pay our taxes (and support our volunteer Fire Department.) We help others and bother no one. As tax paying citizens, we pay YOU. Now we count on you to protect our rights. President Trump protects no one but himself and his own interests. He will sell a seat on the Supreme Court of this Nation to the highest bidder and need we remind you that (likely extremist) person will hold that seat for life. What will this country be subjected to? We don’t simply plead with you on behalf of our right to be married like everyone else. We are concerned about many issues than an unbalanced Supreme Court may disrupt. Please, withhold confirmation until after the midterm elections. We are counting on you as level headed Tennesseans to do the right thing!

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Elaine and Ramona

    Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring so the President will name a successor who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Sign to urge Senator Alexander and Senator Corker to speak up for the LGBTQ community during the confirmation process.  TEP will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to their offices.

    1,069 signatures

    Senator Alexander and Senator Corker:

    When the President announces his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, we urge you to speak up for the rights of LGBTQ people.  It is vitally important that members of the Supreme Court support the principle of "equal protection" and that Justice Kennedy's successor uphold the existing rights of LGBTQ people and oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people.  We respectfully ask you to raise these concerns publicly and not to vote for any nominee who supports discrimination.

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  • commented on YOUR Districts 2017-05-11 20:49:56 -0500
    Terri Lynn Weaver and Ferrell Haile

    1005 Northshore Drive

    Castalian Springs, TN 37031

    YOUR Districts

    Tell us your state senate and state house districts.  Note:  We are NOT asking for your U.S. Senate and U.S. House districts (the elected officials who meeting in Washington, D.C. ).  We are asking about your elected officials you meet in Nashville--your state senator and your state representative.  You can find them at this link by entering your street address.

    So tell us your state senator and your state representative as well as your email address.  Thank you!

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111 2017-04-28 22:21:14 -0500
    Another piece of proposed legislation from the Dark Ages; and dark it is since it is pushed by small minded fanatics who seek to impose their will upon those different from themselves. They feel they can dominate our legislative system and threaten nothing less than the fires of Hell should they fall short. But this is 2017. We have a growing economy and a more progressive society. People know in their hearts we are not evil. We are homeowners, taxpayers and hardworking decent people; people you know, and some you love. Please stop this hate-filled garbage from advancing. We need your strength and kindness, your caring spirit to prevent this from going any further. Thank you for your consideration.


    Respectfully,


    Elaine Roth-Nichols

    Castalian Springs

    Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111

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    Add your name and urge Governor Haslam to veto SB1085/HB1111, the Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill.  After you sign the petition, share it with your friends.  We will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to the Governor's Office.  Your voice can help determine whether he uses the VETO pen or the BECOMES LAW pen!

    5,722 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We ask you to veto SB1085/HB1111.  This bill, as the Attorney General has noted, is broadly written.  Its vagueness could result in conflicts with existing laws about judicial interpretation.  These conflicts are likely to cause discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly with respect to marriage, adoption, and legal documents.  This bill risks subjecting Tennessee to the same scrutiny that North Carolina has received.  We cannot afford hundreds of millions of dollars in economic boycotts and sanctions.  Please, veto this bill so we can avoid judicial chaos and costly discrimination.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • signed No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! 2016-05-18 15:15:56 -0500
    Aren’t there more important matters for our legislators to be working on? This legislation subjects people who are already being bullied to further undue scrutiny and hardship. How would you feel if Your Child was told, Oh, you can’t use that restroom… We thought that sort of discrimination was dead in the South… Please, do not follow the destructive path of North Carolina. Our Honorable Governor said he wanted the image of Tennessee to be “welcoming.”

    Our state is on the verge of becoming the new Silicon Valley. (Lots of tech industries are eyeing us at this very moment.) These companies employ hundreds of LGBT people and would certainly locate elsewhere if such laws were passed. Many jobs (not to mention Federal Funds) would go out the window! Please, have the guts to stand up against these right wing extremists who are pushing their hate-filled agendas. They don’t care about our state’s economic well being, only their personal warped ideas.

    How about let’s all get along and be the Volunteer State, the state where neighbor supported neighbor through the 2010 Flood regardless of race, creed, national origin or Gender Identity. It didn’t matter then, and it shouldn’t matter now. We are All in this together. People of differing gender identities just want to be able to use the facilities, wash their hands and leave, just like the rest of us. It’s that youth pastor or ball coach you’d better be watching out for around your children. The statistics speak for themselves. Thank you.

    No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination!

    On the evening of May 17, The Tennessean and The Commercial Appeal reported that legislators are considering a special legislative session to take up a new effort to pass a statewide anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law.  Sign YOUR name to the statement below and we'll deliver your signatures to legislative leaders:

    1,073 signatures

    Dear Speaker Ramsey and Speaker Harwell:

    We oppose a special legislative session to consider an anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law.  It is never justified to spend the state's time and money to advance discrimination.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 2016-04-15 21:10:06 -0500
    Please veto any and all Anti-LGBT legislation. It will ruin the peace we now enjoy with our neighbors. This is NOT WELCOMING. Thank You, Gov. Haslam!

    Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414

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    Sign this NEW petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to keep listening to the voices opposed to the anti-transgender student bathroom bill!

    1,534 signatures

    Governor Haslam, please continue to oppose HB2414 and listen to the voices of transgender students and the business community speaking out against the bill.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • endorsed 2016-04-12 14:51:21 -0500
    Please don’t jeopardize our school funding, our strong economy and our welcoming image. PLEASE, VETO HB1840! Thank you!

    I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill

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    Take a minute to contact Governor Bill Haslam by phone message or on Twitter and then let us know you did it using this form.  Let's get to 500 or more!

    I called or Tweeted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and urged him to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill.  I'm asking you to do the same this week.

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414 2016-03-30 14:19:52 -0500
    This legislation is an embarrassment to our state. It is bad for our economy and bad for business. Please, Hon. Gov. Haslam, fight this bill to the very end. Thank you!

    Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414

    Please, join us in encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to fight against this attack on transgender students.

    985 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We call on you to do everything in your power to lobby against passage of SB2387/HB2414, the anti-transgender student bathroom bill.  We also ask that you VETO the bill if it reaches your desk. 

    The bill endangers vulnerable students and it risks significant U.S. Department of Education funds to Tennessee.  If this bill became law, the enforcement would be a nightmare for school districts across the state. 

    Show the world that Tennessee is a welcoming state.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • endorsed 2016-02-08 11:42:46 -0600

    The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality

    Sign on as a co-sponsor of the People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality.

    WHEREAS, Rep.  Susan Lynn has introduced a resolution urging the members of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to express their disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges; and

    WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution affirms "That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together, for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by address or remonstrance;" and

    WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee ought to be focused on the legal equality of all its people rather than attacking the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and

    WHEREAS, "the equal protection of the laws" is a cherished principle in American jurisprudence; now, therefore,

    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that we oppose House Joint Resolution 529 and urge the members of the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to uphold the entire Constitution of the United States, including the Fourteenth Amendment, and cease their legislative attacks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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