Drew Baker posted about I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-27 12:15:56 -0500I contacted Governor Haslam and urged him to #VetoHB1840. Will you?
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.Endorse
Drew Baker posted about VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-10 14:34:11 -0500Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.4,242 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We urge you to veto HB1840, which allows counselors to turn away clients based on the counselor's biases and values. This bill puts the focus on the desires of counselors rather than on the needs of clients, damaging the counseling profession and putting clients at risk.
An anti-bullying amendment was stripped from the bill in the House Health Committee leaving youth vulnerable in areas where mental health services are not widely available.
Thank you for considering our views.
Drew Baker posted about The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality on Facebook 2016-02-06 18:15:00 -0600I'm endorsing Tennessee Equality Project. Please join me!
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.Endorse
Drew Baker posted about GumboVolunteer on Facebook 2015-12-29 10:15:23 -0600I signed up to volunteer for Tennessee Equality Project. Join me!
TEP is actively seeking volunteers for the 6th Annual TEP Gumbo Contest in Memphis before the event and on the day of the event (Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016). Volunteers will receive a free tasting ticket ($25 value) allowing you to participate in the gumbo tasting. Volunteer slots are limited so apply early. Complete the form below and a member of the planning committee will contact you.
We request that volunteers attend a volunteer orientation on Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 2-3 PM at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center at 892 South Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104.Become a volunteer
Drew Baker posted about Volunteer with TEP on Facebook 2015-07-14 03:28:20 -0500I signed up to volunteer for Tennessee Equality Project. Join me!
Learn more about the issue and consider signing the petition to add your voice to this call to action.87 signatures
This week the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is holding a conference in Nashville on marriage, sexuality, and gender. Add your voice to urge them to consider the impact of their teachings on violence against LGBT people and LGBT youth homelessness. According to national estimates, up to 40% of the youth homeless population is LGBT. Many of those youth were turned out of their homes because of certain kinds of religious bias. We believe that rather than holding conferences on how to preserve marriage discrimination, the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership should begin to address the ways in which their teachings contribute to harms to LGBT people.
TEP joined OutCentral and Vanderbilt Divinity School in organizing a protest of the event outside the Opryland Hotel. TTPC and PFLAG also participated. Your voice can help highlight needed changes in the Southern Baptist Convention's approach.