Chris Sanders

  • published Campaigns for week of Feb 26 in Blog 2024-02-22 10:17:59 -0600

    Campaigns for week of Feb 26

    We are hitting a critical point with key bills this session. Take action with the campaigns below and share them with people you know. More campaigns may be added over the coming days.

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

    FLAG BAN BILL

    SHOW UP: HB1605 is on the House floor. Join Nashville Pride and TEP in protesting the bill starting at 3pm near the House chamber inside the Capitol. Wear Pride gear, small signs provided. Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to send a quick message to your own state representative on the bill.

     

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

    SHOW UP: At 1:30 in House Hearing Room 2, the House Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee will consider HB1891, which is the "Protecting Children from Social Media Act."

    Combined event for committee hearings on adoption/foster care and bathroom bills

    UPDATE: We are now hearing that the adoption bill will not be heard until March. You can still do the campaigns.

    SHOW UP:  SB1738 (adoption/foster care bill) and HB1949 (bathroom bill) are up for votes in key committees Tuesday afternoon. Show up for the 3:00 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee in Senate Hearing Room 1 and for the House Criminal Justice Committee hearing at 4:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room 3. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook eventNOTE: There two parent rights bills on notice in the Senate Judiciary Committee on this date. They are SB2749 and SB620. You may want to attend the committee hearing for those two bills.

    Anti-trans bathroom bill

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to email members of the committee urging them to vote NO.

    CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to contact members of the House Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to vote NO.

    SPECIAL CALL LIST FOR SHELBY COUNTY: If you live in Shelby County, use this list to call legislators in your area.

    SHOW UP: At 5:30 p.m., after the Criminal Justice Committee, there will be a vigil for Nex Benedict. Learn more at the Facebook event.

    Adoption/foster care inclusive non-discrimination policy ban

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to email members of the committee urging them to vote NO.

    CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote NO.

     

    WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

    SHOW UP: HB1661, a bill on obscene materials in libraries, is up for a vote in the House Departments and Agencies Subcommittee at 9:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room 2.

    ALL MONTH

    CELEBRATE:  February is Black History Month.


  • Tennessee's selective flag ban bill and Saturday's Nazi march in Nashville

    On Saturday a group of Nazis marched in Nashville. The significance of this happening during Black History Month should not be lost on anyone. We join people of good will around the state in condemning this march and what it represents.

    We cannot fail to note that on Tuesday, the House Education Administration Committee approved HB1605 after much debate. This bill selectively bans some flags in our public schools. What is less clear is whether the bill actually protects flags like the Nazi flag in our schools.  From The Tennessean:

    During discussion on the bill, Rep. Sam McKenzie, D-Knoxville, asked whether the bill, if passed, would permit school staff to display the Confederate flag or the Nazi flag. 

    “Can teachers display a Nazi flag in their classroom?” McKenzie said. 

    Following a spirited back-and-forth, the committee attorney noted that the bill did not specifically address either flag, and a court might need to be called upon to answer the question.

    It is the perfect time for the sponsors to drop HB1605. We call on them to withdraw the bill so that it does not give any further encouragement to Nazi activity in our state.

    The bill is up for a vote in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. People can urge the committee to reject the bill with the campaign at this link.

     

     


  • published Campaigns for week of Feb 19 in Blog 2024-02-14 20:14:08 -0600

    Campaigns for week of Feb 19

    Here are the campaigns so far for the week of February 19. More may be added as bills hit the calendar.

    ALL MONTH

    CELEBRATE: February is Black History Month.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

    Anti-trans bathroom bill

    SHOW UP: HB1949, the bathroom bill, is back before House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Show up in House Hearing Room 2 at Noon. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link. Note that HB1913 (parent rights) is also up for a vote at Noon in Children & Family Affairs Subcommittee at Noon in House Hearing Room 4.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to generate a message to every member of the subcommittee.

    CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the subcommittee members to oppose the bill.

    Adoption/Foster care discrimination bill

    SHOW UP: SB1738, a bill that bans inclusive non-discrimination policies in adoption and foster care, is up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3:00 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link. Note: SB2749 (parent rights) is up for a vote in the same committee.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to generate a message to every member of the committee.

    CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the committee members to oppose the bill.

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

    SHOW UP: HB1632, a bill that allows more people to sue schools over age-appropriate materials, is up for a vote in House Finance Subcommittee at 10:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 3.

    Flag ban bill

    SHOW UP: SB1722, the flag ban bill, is back before the Senate Education Committee at 3:00 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to generate a message to every member of the committee.

    CALL:  Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the Senate Education Committee to oppose the bill.

    ANY DAY

    CALL:  Call Governor Lee at 615-741-2001 and urge him to VETO SB596/HB878, the wedding official refusal bill because public officials should not turn anyone away who had a valid marriage license.

    ADD YOUR NAME: Recently the House failed to adopt a resolution honoring Allison Russell. But you can endorse the resolution by adding your name at this link.


  • published Campaigns for week of Feb 12 in Blog 2024-02-08 19:34:59 -0600

    Campaigns for week of Feb 12

    Some bills have been taken off notice or deferred. Others are starting to advance. Take action with these campaigns for the week of February 12. More campaigns may be added over the coming days.

    ALL MONTH

    CELEBRATE:  February is Black History Month.

     

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12

    SHOW UP:  SB596, the wedding officiant refusal bill, is on the Senate floor calendar. 4:00 p.m., Capitol (not Cordell Hull).

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to send a quick message to your state senator to oppose the bill.

     

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13:  Advancing Equality Day on the Hill

    SHOW UP: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee takes up HB1949, a really bad bathroom bill at Noon in House Hearing Room 2. Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to send email messages to the members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee urging them to oppose this bathroom bill.

    CALL: Use the scripts and the numbers at the link to call the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee urging them to oppose this bathroom bill.

    SHOW UP: We are watching HB1891 by Rep. Lamberth. The bill is up for a vote at 1:30 p.m. in the House Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee in House Hearing Room 2. The bill creates the "Protecting Children from Social Media Act."

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:  Valentine's Day

    SHOW UP: HB1605, the Pride flag ban bill, is up for a vote in House Education Administration Committee at 1:30 p.m. and in the Senate Education Committee at 3:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to send email messages to the members of the Senate Education Committee and the House Education Administration Committee urging them to oppose the flag ban bill.

    CALL:  Use the scripts and the numbers at the link to call members of the House Education and Administration Committee to oppose the flag ban bill. Call at night or on the weekend to get office voice mail.

    CALL:  Use the scripts and the numbers at the link to call members of the Senate Education Committee to oppose the flag ban bill. Call at night or on the weekend to get office voice mail.

     


  • published Campaigns for week of Feb 5 in Blog 2024-01-31 19:55:29 -0600

    Campaigns for week of Feb 5

    Please, go to the campaigns for the week of Feb. 19. The campaigns below have expired.

     

    With the conclusion of bill filing on February 1, more bills are hitting committee calendars. Take action on the bills moving the week of February 5. We may add more campaigns over the coming days.

    ALL MONTH

    CELEBRATE:  February is Black History Month.

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5

    GOOD NEWS! THIS BILL IS NOW OFF NOTICE. NO NEED TO SHOW UP. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THE CAMPAIGNS. SKIP DOWN TO THE CAMPAIGNS FOR TUESDAY!

    SHOW UP: HB1660, which would cause sexual orientation and gender identity to be removed from the non-discrimination policies of Tennessee's public colleges and universities, is up for a vote in the House Higher Education Subcommittee in House Hearing Room 2 of the Cordell Hull Building at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL: Tell the Higher Education Subcommittee to vote NO on this bill using the easy form at the link.

    CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the members of the subcommittee. Call at night or on weekends if you don't wish to speak to a live person. Your message will go to office voice mail.

     

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

    SHOW UP

    Noon: HB1913, which parent bill of rights legislation that we are watching is up for a vote at Noon in House Hearing Room 4 at Noon Central Time. NOTE: WE ARE NOW HEARING THAT THIS BILL WILL BE DEFERRED.

    3:00 pm:  The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider SB596 (wedding officiant refusal bill) and SB620 (parent rights) at a time to be determined, probably in Senate Hearing Room 1. Learn more at the Facebook event link. NOTE: WE ARE NOW HEARING THAT SB620 WILL BE DEFERRED UNTIL LATE FEBRUARY.

    4:30 pm: HB1605, which would cause Pride and Black Lives Matter flags to be banned at school, is up for a vote in the House K-12 Subcommittee at 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

    EMAIL

    WEDDING OFFICIANT REFUSAL & PARENT RIGHTS BILLS: Use the easy form at the link to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote NO.

    FLAG BAN: Use the easy form at the link to tell the K-12 subcommittee to vote NO on the flag ban bill.

    CALL

    SB596 and SB620: Use the scripts and numbers on the marriage and parent rights bills at the link and leave messages by the evening of Feb. 5.

    HB1605: Use the scripts and numbers on the flag ban bill at the link and leave messages by the evening of Feb. 5.

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

    SHOW UP:  At 9:00 a.m., the House Departments and Agencies Subcommittee will consider HB1661 by Rep. Ragan, which enacts the "Restricted Access by Minors to Obscene Library Materials Act. The subcommittee meets in House Hearing Room 2 of the Cordell Hull Building.  UPDATE: THIS BILL HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF NOTICE FOR NOW.

    HB1632

    SHOW UP:  The House Education Administration Committee will consider HB1632, which expands who can sue to enforce the Age-Appropriate Materials Act of 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room of the Cordell Hull Building.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell the House Education Administration Committee to vote NO.

    CALLUse the scripts and numbers on HB1632 at the link and leave messages by the evening of February 6.

     


  • published Campaigns for week of January 29 in Blog 2024-01-24 19:39:41 -0600

    Campaigns for week of January 29

    Bill filing in the Tennessee General Assembly will end on January 31 and February 1. New bills are already hitting committee calendars. Please, go through this calendar and do as many of the items as you can. More campaigns may be added in the coming days as we learn more.

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 30

    SHOW UP: House Bill 1605, which would have the effect of banning Pride and Black Lives Matter flags at our public schools, is up for a vote in the House K-12 Subcommittee at 4:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 2 of the Cordell Hull Building. We recommend getting there early to get a seat. Wear Balcony Brigade shirts or Pride/Rainbow stickers and buttons. Learn more at the Facebook link. Also up for a vote in the same subcommittee is HB1632, which allows parents to sue school districts to enforce the Age-Appropriate Materials Act of 2022.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to send a message to members of the House K-12 Subcommittee urging them to vote NO on the bills. You can personalize the message and even add a short video message.

    CALLUse the easy scripts and numbers at the link to leave phone messages for the members of the subcommittee. If you don't wish to speak to a live person, call at night or on the weekends so that your message goes to office voicemail.

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

    CELEBRATE:  Black History Month begins.

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

    LEARN:  GLAAD is offering their "Telling Your Story" training in Nashville. RSVP and learn more at the link.

     

     


  • published Campaigns for week of January 22 in Blog 2024-01-18 19:12:04 -0600

    Campaigns for week of January 22

    The week of January 22 will largely be a week to make up for the Legislature's absence from the Hill during the week of January 15. We expect the snow and ice to be gone or melting by January 22. Not only were legislators not in Nashville to conduct floor and committee business, but most bill-filing came to a halt. This may have an effect on the bill-filing deadline for both House and Senate.

    MONDAY, JANUARY 22

    SHOW UP:  Starting at 3:00 p.m. Central Time, Nashville Pride and TEP will host Pride Flag Day at the Capitol in response to SB1722/HB1605, the bill that would ban Pride and other flags at school. Participants are urged to wear something with a Pride flag including buttons or stickers or have a small Pride flag. Some signs will be available. To learn more, go to the Facebook event link. Note: The event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building.

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24

    CALENDAR NOTE:  HB1377 by Rep. Ragan, which is a bill about reporting "prohibited concepts" in education, is on the House Education Administration Committee calendar at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. It failed in the Senate Education Committee last year. The lobbying team does not expect the bill to run, but we won't know until Wednesday. You can attend the committee meeting in House Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    LEARN:  On February 3 starting at Noon Central Time in Nashville, GLAAD offers their "Telling Your Story" training. Learn more at the link.

    SHOW UP: Feb 13 is Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. We need people from around the state to come to the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville and meet with their legislators. If you are interested, please email us with either the names of your two legislators or your street address and Zip Code at [email protected] . Learn more at the Facebook event link.

     


  • published Campaigns for week of January 15 in Blog 2024-01-11 18:34:03 -0600

    Campaigns for week of January 15

    We start with a big thank-you to the members of the Balcony Brigade who showed up from all over the state for the first day of the legislative session. Let's keep it up! If you are interested in getting involved, contact Brian Sullivan at [email protected] .

    What happened this week? Legislators continued to file bills and the House adopted restrictive rules that affected not only members of the House but the public's access as well. The decline of our state's democracy is extremely frightening.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred SB596 (wedding officiant refusal bill) and SB620 (anti-LGBTQ parent rights bill). Those will now be heard on Feb. 6.

    Thank you for all your advocacy. We have a comparatively light week beginning January 15, though it is important to note that old bills from last year could still pop up on the calendar at any time. So we may make additions as we learn more.

    MONDAY, JANUARY 15

    Today is the holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Legislature will not be in session.

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 THROUGH END OF WEEK

    CALENDAR ITEM:  The Cordell Hull Building will be closed all week because of the snow. See information at this link.

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

    HB1377 by Rep. Ragan, which is a bill on reporting "prohibited concepts," was officially on the calendar of the House Education Administration Committee, which will not meet this week because of the snow. The bill was filed last year and failed in the Senate Education Committee. On the same day last year it was reset for the first committee calendar of the new year. The lobbying team does not expect the bill to run. We will know NEXT WEDNESDAY more about its direction.

    LOOKING AHEAD

    SHOW UP:  January 22 is Pride Flag Day at the Capitol at 3pm. Join Nashville Pride and TEP, wearing your best Pride/rainbow flag gear. The House and Senate floor sessions start at 4pm. Learn more at the Facebook event link. If you've been wanting a rally, here it is!

    LEARN: February 3 is a "Telling Your Story" training offered by GLAAD in Nashville. RSVP and learn more at the link.

    SHOW UP: Feb 13 is Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. We need people from around the state to come to the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville and meet with their legislators. If you are interested, please email us with either the names of your two legislators or your street address and Zip Code at [email protected] . Learn more at the Facebook event link.

     


  • published Campaigns for week of January 8 in Blog 2024-01-04 17:55:26 -0600

    Campaigns for week of January 8

    As well as filing bills, the Legislature is also scheduling existing bills to hit committee and floor calendars in the launch of their 2024 session. Use the campaigns in this post to advocate for the LGBTQ community.

    ANY TIME BEFORE THE AFTERNOON OF JANUARY 9

    CALL:  Use the easy scripts at the link to leave messages with the Senate Judiciary on a wedding officiant bill and a parent rights bills. Note: If you don't wish to speak to a live person, leave messages in the evening or on the weekend. The numbers provided are office numbers with voice mail.

    EMAIL: Use the easy form at this link to email the members of the Senate Judiciary to oppose SB596 and SB620. Please, note that SB596 is NOT about marriage LICENSES.

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 9

    SHOW UP:  Come to the Capitol at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. The Legislature convenes at Noon. Wear your Balcony Brigade shirt if you have one. If not, we'll provide stickers. Co-hosted with HRC Nashville. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

    SHOW UP:  Come to Senate Hearing Room 1 in the Cordell Hull Building at 4:00 p.m. as the Senate Judiciary votes on a marriage officiant bill and a parent rights bill. RSVP at the Facebook event link. Note: As of 1pm on January 8, we are hearing that neighbor bill may be discussed at the committee meeting.


  • published TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorships 2024 2023-12-14 08:01:35 -0600

    TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorships 2024

    The 11th Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Memphis Sports and Events Center. TEP's annual celebration brings together teams from near and far to compete for the best gumbo in Memphis. Gumbo contestants will be awarded prizes by an appointed panel of judges and by individual tasters like you in the People’s Choice competition. You can purchase individual tickets at this link.

    TEP's annual gumbo competition draws large crowds who support the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South and draws many public and elected officials. 

    You can support this year’s event and the work of TEP to advance and protect equality in Tennessee as a host or in-kind sponsor. Here are the steps:

    1. Review the sponsor information below and select the right level for you on the webpage. If you prefer to write a check for your sponsorship, please email [email protected] to coordinate.  
    2. If you choose a Habanero or Serrano sponsorship, you will be assigned a VIP Table in the event space with a dedicated bar.
    3. Sponsors will receive tickets within a few weeks of the event, to be provided in coordination with the Gumbo Planning Committee (e.g., by mail, delivered in-person, etc.).
    4. We ask that sponsors that do not need or wish to use all their tickets to let the gumbo planning committee know, so they may offer those tickets to attendees who otherwise could not attend the event. Contact us at [email protected] .
    5. VIP Table recipients are encouraged to decorate their tables! This year, we recommend incorporating donatable items into your decorations like toiletries, clothing, or non-perishable food that will be provided to local pantries that support our community.
    6. Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to the Gumbo Planning Committee at [email protected] by February 12, 2024 to guarantee ad placement. Ad specifications are listed below; please contact us with additional questions.

    HOST SPONSORSHIPS

    How spicy do you like your gumbo? Gumbo contest sponsors may contribute as hosts for this event at the Habanero, Serrano, or Sweet Bell level as individuals, organizations or businesses:

    🔥HABANERO SPONSOR🔥

    Flaming sponsors giving $1,500 will receive:

    • VIP Table (6 seats) with complimentary Mardi Gras-themed desserts (while supplies last). 
    • 6 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and exclusive VIP section with open bar. 
    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 
    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), event announcements, event advertising, and individual slides on the sponsor reel display.*
    • Will be thanked from the main stage during event announcements

    SERRANO SPONSOR

    Medium sponsors giving $750 will receive:

    • VIP Table (6 seats) with complimentary Mardi Gras-themed desserts (while supplies last).
    • 6 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and exclusive VIP section with open bar.
    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 
    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), and on the sponsor reel display.*

    SWEET BELL SPONSOR

    Mild sponsors giving $250 will receive:

    • 2 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and open bar.
    • Promotion of your business, organization, or an honor in the event program (half page ad - 5.5 x 4.25” or 2.75 x 8.5”) and on a shared slide on the sponsor reel display.*

    *Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to Chaz Fowler at [email protected] by February 12, 2024 to guarantee ad placement.

    Click the "Continue" button on the left to contribute your desired sponsorship level based on the above table. 

    IN-KIND SPONSORS

    In-kind gifts for the event may be donated. In-kind sponsors will receive event admission tickets and promotion of your business in the event program. In-kind gifts of $750 or greater will receive a VIP Table with 6 seats. In-kind gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

    To donate, volunteer, or for more information, contact the Gumbo Planning Committee at [email protected] .

    Laissez le bon temps rouler!

    Why should your business or organization sponsor the TEP Gumbo Contest?

    Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides educational projects and programs which advance the well-being of LGBTQ people and their families here at home in Tennessee. Unlike many other organizations that advance equality, every dollar contributed to TEP Foundation is spent here in Tennessee.

    A diverse group of over 500 LGBTQ people and their allies attend the TEP Gumbo Contest each year. Attendees receive a program with sponsor ads and information, and will see the event sponsor reel on the projection screen during the event. Our PRESENTING sponsor and HABANERO sponsors will be thanked from the main stage during event announcements.  

    Your sponsorship will be advertised through the TEP Gumbo Contest Event web page, social media, and email list (20,000+ contacts). Tennessee Equality Project social media reach extends deeply in the Mid-South and the State of Tennessee:

    Donate

  • published Tennessee's 2024 Slate of Hate in Blog 2023-11-19 01:54:52 -0600

    Tennessee's 2024 Slate of Hate

    Members of the Tennessee General Assembly are filing bills and anti-LGBTQ legislation is already showing up for the 2024 session. This list will be updated and revised periodically. It will also include positive legislation.

    New Discriminatory Legislation for the 2024 Session

    SB1722/HB1605 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Bulso. The official summary notes, "As introduced, prohibits LEAs and public charter schools from displaying in public schools flags other than the official United States flag and the official Tennessee state flag." This bill would have an impact on the flying of Pride and Black Lives Matter flags at school and many other flags as well. See our policy brief on the bill here.

    SB1858/HB1632 by Sen. Haile and Rep. Bulso. As introduced, gives a parent of a child who attends, or who is eligible to attend, a school operated by a local education agency or a public charter school standing to file a civil action against the LEA or public charter school in a chancery court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the Age-Appropriate Materials Act of 2022.

    SB2766/HB1634 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Bulso. As introduced, revises language prohibiting educators from discriminating against students on certain, specified bases such as sexual orientation to generally prohibiting educators from discriminating against students who are members of a protected class under federal or state law; removes the definition of "gender identity" for purposes of the family life curriculum. Note: The sponsor was originally Rep. Ragan.

    SB2351/HB1660 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, prohibits certain institutions of higher education from defining discriminatory practices in their antidiscrimination policies in a manner inconsistent with the definition of discriminatory practices in state law; prohibits certain institutions of higher education from establishing or recognizing forms of discrimination in their antidiscrimination policies in a manner inconsistent with the forms of discrimination recognized as legally actionable by this state; requires the Tennessee higher education commission to establish a process for persons to file a complaint alleging that an institution is not complying with such prohibitions.

    SB2173/HB1661 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, enacts the "Restricted Access by Minors to Obscene Library Materials Act."

    SB1738/HB2169 by Sen. Rose and Rep. Littleton. As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act," which prohibits the department of children's services from requiring an adoptive or foster parent to support a policy on sexual orientation or gender identity that conflicts with the parent's sincerely held religious or moral beliefs.

    SB1810/HB2165 by Sen. Rose and Rep. Littleton. As introduced, requires a request made by a student to an employee of the student's LEA or public charter school for an accommodation to affirm the student's gender identity to be reported to a school administrator and to the student's parent; prohibits an employee of an LEA or public charter school from knowingly providing false or misleading information to a student's parent regarding the student's gender identity or intention to transition to a gender that differs from the student's sex at the time of birth; authorizes civil actions to be filed by parents and by the attorney general and reporter against a noncompliant LEA or public charter school.

    SB2350/HB1948 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, establishes various prohibitions and requirements for public institutions of higher education regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    SB2781/HB1949 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, expands the offense of observation without consent to include a person or entity that adopts rules or enforces a policy or other work-related guidance for employees or contractors to promote or assist in the commission of observation without consent in a place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, including a restroom, locker room, dressing room, or shower, designated for multi-person, single-sex use; creates a civil action for invasion of privacy based on a violation of observation without consent.

    SB2780/HB1995 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, requires the department to create a separate marriage license application form and marriage license form that may be used by applicants if the bride is a female and the groom is a male; prohibits a county clerk from certifying and recording this marriage license form if the form was used to solemnize a marriage between persons other than a female bride and a male groom.

    SB1873/HB1913 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Bulso. As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Parents' Bill of Rights."

    HB1991 by Rep. Leatherwood. As introduced, establishes a complaint, hearing, and removal process for clubs and organizations available to students attending a public school.  We are concerned about the implications for GSAs. Note: The bill has been withdrawn.

    SB2107/HB2457 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Lynn. As introduced, requires the removal of sexually explicit material from the libraries of public schools; creates a process for evaluating library materials for sexually explicit material in public schools.

    SB2782/HB2310 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Richey. As introduced, creates a civil cause of action against any person who knowingly removes a minor from this state without the consent of a parent of the minor for the purpose of assisting the minor in obtaining a healthcare procedure that is for the purpose of enabling the minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor's sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between the minor's sex and asserted identity.

    SB2396/HB2816 by Sen. Briggs and Rep. Faison. As introduced, requires gender clinics accepting funds from this state to perform gender transition procedures to also perform detransition procedures; requires insurance entities providing coverage of gender transition procedures to also cover detransition procedures; requires certain gender clinics and insurance entities to report information regarding detransition procedures to the department of health.

    SB2503/HB2610 by Sen. Stevens and Rep. Garrett. As introduced, terminates the human rights commission with no wind-down period; creates the human rights division in the office of attorney general; transfers the commission's functions to the new division.

    SB2501/HB2784 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Cepicky. As introduced, establishes deadlines for public institutions of higher education to initiate and complete an investigation into a report filed by a student or employee alleging they have been penalized, discriminated against, or received adverse treatment due to their refusal to support or otherwise assent to a divisive concept, specific ideology, or political viewpoint; establishes financial penalties for institutions that fail to timely investigate such reports or fail to timely report the results of such investigations to the comptroller of the treasury; requires the comptroller to report institutions that frequently submit reports of such investigations to the education committees of the senate and house of representatives.

    SB2749/HB2936 by Sen. Haile and Rep. Faison. As introduced, enacts the “Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act."

    New Legislation monitored for discriminatory possibilities or implications

    SB1792/HB1614 by Sen. Massey and Rep. Hazlewood. As introduced, enacts the "Protect Tennessee Minors Act"; requires an individual or commercial entity that publishes or distributes in this state a website that contains a substantial portion of material harmful to minors perform reasonable age-verification methods to verify the age of individuals attempting to access the material; specifies that a violation of age-verification or data retention requirements is a Class C felony.  We are watching the bill to see how material harmful to minors is defined. We have concerns that it could include all LGBTQ content or be amended to include all LGBTQ content.

    SB1643 by Sen. Pody. As introduced, requires commercial entities that publish or distribute material on an internet website, more than one-third of which is sexual material harmful to minors, to verify that an individual attempting to access the material is 18 years of age or older; prohibits a commercial entity or a third party that performs the age verification from retaining any identifying information of the individual. We are watching the bill to see how material harmful to minors is defined with concerns similar to those related to HB1614. No House sponsor.

    SB2097/HB1891 by Sen. Johnson and Rep. Lamberth. As introduced, creates the "Protecting Children from Social Media Act."

    SB2042/HB2160 by Sen. Rose and Rep. Barrett. As introduced, requires a commercial entity that knowingly publishes or distributes on the internet material harmful to minors to provide internet or cellular service subscribers the opportunity to request that the commercial entity block website access through the subscriber's internet or cellular service subscription.

    SB2767/HB2435 by Sen. Bowling/Rep. Bulso. As introduced, requires the commissioner of education to annually transmit, no later than October 1 of each year, filings submitted to the commissioner by a local board of education regarding any action or inaction taken by the board in response to an investigation conducted by the director of schools in response to a complaint filed by a parent or legal guardian of a student who received instruction in family life that the parent or legal guardian believes to violate the requirements for such instruction to the chairs of the education committees of the senate and house of representatives.

    Bills from the 2023 Session

    SB596/HB878 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Fritts. As introduced, states that a person is not required to solemnize a marriage if the person has an objection to solemnizing the marriage based on the person's conscience or religious beliefs.

    SB1339/HB1215 by Sen. Johnson and Speaker Sexton. As introduced, prohibits any managed care organization that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance from providing reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex, or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity.

    SB1110/HB1386 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, enacts the "Marital Contract at Common Law Recording Act"; authorizes county clerks to accept and record a record of common law marriage between one man and one woman; limits the jurisdiction of circuit courts and chancery courts in cases involving the definition of common law marriage to the principles of common law marriage.

    SB620/HB1414 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Todd. As introduced, enacts the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act", which declares that the ability of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of that parent’s child is a fundamental right. Note the language on gender identity in the bill.

    SB1469/HB1447 by Sen. Johnson and Rep. Faison. As introduced, clarifies that prescribing hormone treatment for minors is not a standard medical practice when the treatment is for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity.

    SB918/HB1319 by Senator Rose and Rep. Kumar. This is a caption bill with an amendment that would have the effect of restricting the display of flags such as Pride flags and Black Lives Matter flags on public buildings.

    SB138/HB761 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Eldridge. This bill regulates phones and tablets sold in Tennessee and filtering of material deemed harmful to minors. It appears to be dealing with pornography, but it could be used to filter LGBTQ content.

    SB603/HB571 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Carringer. As introduced, prohibits public institutions of higher education offering certain medical and health-related degree or certificate programs, and state contractors, from requiring diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for purposes of the issuance of a degree, or the approval of a state contract or grant, as applicable. Note: It is not clear the extent to which the practice is occurring with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity in Tennessee.

    How to Prepare for the Legislative Session:

    Save the Date: February 13 is Advancing Equality Day on the Hill.

    If you would like to be involved in the Balcony Brigade, contact TEP Nashville Co-Chair Brian Sullivan at [email protected] .

    Once the legislative session starts in January, watch for weekly campaigns on key bills @tnequality on X/Twitter, Threads, and Instagram.

    Attend First Watch of the Balcony Brigade on January 9 at the Capitol. RSVP at the link.

    Attend Pride Flag Day at the Capitol on January 22. RSVP at the link.

    Attend GLAAD's "Telling Your Story" training in Nashville on February 3. RSVP at the link.

    Use this easy form to email your two legislators and urge them to focus on Tennessee's priorities, not LGBTQ attacks.

     


  • published Volunteer with us in Blog 2023-10-07 10:10:37 -0500

    Volunteer with us

    Thank you for visiting us at BoroPride. If you would like to get involved, please consider these options.

    Volunteer Locally: If you're interested in volunteering in Middle Tennessee, contact TEP Nashville Committee Co-Chair Brian Sullivan at [email protected]. We need volunteers for managing our tables at events, help with outreach, and gathering when issues come before state and local government.

    Advancing Equality Day on the Hill: If you want to save the date for Advancing Equality Day on the Hill, go to this link. This is a day to spend time with your state legislators in Nashville and discuss bills that affect the LGBTQ community.

    Balcony Brigade: We need more people to attend key legislative committee meetings and to be in the Senate and House galleries when important votes are taking place during the legislative session. Being present allows people to LEARN the process, WITNESS what is happening to our Democracy, and ENGAGE in deeper advocacy. If you would like to sign up, go to this link. For a quick video on the initiative, go to this link. This initiative offers many opportunities for partner organizations to co-host individual events in the Capitol or in the Cordell Hull Building. If your organization is interested, contact TEP Nashville Co-Chairs Dahron Johnson and Brian Sullivan at [email protected] and [email protected] or fill out the form linked above.

    Media Engagement: News media outlets are frequently interested in talking to people affected by discriminatory state legislation. If you would like to be available to speak to the media, contact Brian Sullivan at [email protected] .

    We are grateful for your support.

     


  • Special report : Comprehensive gender-affirming care for Metro Nashville employees

    The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is one of the largest local governments in Tennessee. Like many of its peer cities around the country, Metro Nashville has made steady public policy gains for LGBTQ people since 2007, but the city's Benefit Board has failed to offer comprehensive gender-affirming health care benefits.

    From Tennessee Equality Project's perspective, this injustice must be addressed. We do not need convincing that transgender people deserve full health care benefits. But we do need to understand why it has been so difficult to achieve the goal.  We also need to know what paths are available to provide these vital resources to Metro Nashville government employees.

    To that end, we engaged Heather Meshell of Capitol Hill Advocacy to prepare a report that gives us a map of recent efforts to adopt comprehensive gender-affirming care for Metro Nashville employees, the structural and legal issues, and some options to consider over the coming months.  You can find the report here

    If you would like to be engaged in efforts to advocate for comprehensive gender-affirming care for Metro Nashville Government employees, be in touch at [email protected] .


  • published Key bills for 2023 special legislative session in Blog 2023-08-16 15:34:54 -0500

    Key bills for 2023 special legislative session

    The following are some of the bills we are watching closely during the special legislative session.

    HB7018 by Rep. A. Davis. Increases penalties for stalking providers of gender-affirming care.

    HB7019 by Rep. A. Davis. Increases penalties for acts of mass violence targeting providers of gender-affirming care.

    HB7021 by Rep. A. Davis. Increases penalties for threats for violence targeting providers of gender-affirming care.

    HB7087 by Rep. G. Johnson. Increases penalties for aggravated stalking when the victim is selected based on a bias factor.

    HB7091 by Rep. Harris. "As introduced, creates the Class E felony of knowingly threatening to commit an act of mass violence against another and frightening the other person; classifies the offense as a hate crime, to be punished one classification higher than otherwise provided, if the offense was committed by carrying a firearm into certain venues." Those venues include adult cabaret locations, including places with male or female impersonators.

    HB7094 by Rep. Harris. "As introduced, creates the Class E felony of knowingly threatening to commit an act of mass violence against another and frightening the other person; classifies the offense as a hate crime, to be punished one classification higher than otherwise provided, if the offense was committed due to a bias motivation."


  • published Resources for the Special Legislative Session in Blog 2023-08-09 01:04:11 -0500

    Resources for the Special Legislative Session

    The Special Legislative Session will begin on August 21 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. As well as staffing up significantly in order to monitor every part of the legislative process, we are developing a list of resources for the special session in the lead-up to August 21. This page will be updated as needed. Some items are events. Others are things to read for greater understanding. If there are anti-LGBTQ bills or amendments to bills, we will have a strong focus on that legislation. Regardless, we will also be present to support the organizations leading the effort to curtail gun violence in our state.

    CALENDAR ITEMS

    AUG 15    

    Murfreesboro: TEP Rutherford County meeting. Facebook event located here.

    AUG 16    

    Zoom: Tennessee Pride Chamber's Classroom Connect on the Special Session Facebook event located here.

    AUG 17    

    Nashville:  Drop in orientation to the special session. Facebook event located here.

    AUG 18

    Athens: LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop. TEP Knox, Anderson, and Blount Counties Chair Aly Chapman will be presenting at this PFLAG event. Facebook event located here.

    AUG 21    

    Nashville:  Balcony Brigade First Watch with HRC Nashville. Facebook event located here.

    AUG 23    

    Nashville:  AWAKE Day on the Hill. Sign up link located here.

     

    ORGANIZATIONS

    Voices for a Safer Tennessee

    Moms Demand Action Tennessee

    Southern Christian Coalition

    Our Kids Deserve Better

     

    NEWS ITEMS

    Nashville Scene coverage of the Governor's proclamation.

    Tennessee Lookout coverage of the Governor's proclamation.

    Coverage of the Governor's proclamation in The Tennessean.

    WPLN coverage of the Governor's proclamation.

    WPLN on the Speaker of the House focusing on tougher juvenile sentences instead of access to guns.

    Tennessee Lookout piece on the special session leading to harsher forms of juvenile justice.

    The Tennessean looks at our state's gun theft laws.

    Tennessee Lookout coverage of the 2023 Child Fatality Annual Report

    The Tennessean on Sen. Haile's proposal on threats of violence

    The Nashville Scene previews a special session that holds little hope of gun restrictions.

    The Tennessean on the push for gun reform coming from all corners.

     

    REPORTS/ANALYSIS

    The Sycamore Institute on firearm-related deaths in Tennessee

    Tennessee Lookout story on TN Comptroller's Report on school shootings

    Vanderbilt Poll from May 2023 that includes issues of gun violence

    Tennessee Under the Gun

     


  • published Ongoing Campaigns Summer 2023 in Blog 2023-06-02 09:30:19 -0500

    Ongoing Campaigns Summer 2023

    Pride events around the state are a time to celebrate our lives, even in the face of the horrible backlash our community is facing this year.

    Here are some ongoing ways you can be engaged:

    Ready For Action campaigns: We are preparing for a possible special legislative session and for the 2024 session. There are lots of ways to be involved from showing up in person, meeting with legislators, helping build regional TEP committees, and monitoring your city or county government for discrimination.  Go to this link to learn about all of these opportunities.

    Municipal Elections: City government elections are taking place around the state this year. Learn about what the candidates are saying about LGBTQ issues here.

    Other ways: If you have another idea of ways you would like to be involved, contact us at [email protected] . We look forward to hearing from you.


  • published Municipal Elections 2023 2023-05-30 22:14:18 -0500

    Municipal Elections 2023

    Many cities will hold elections in 2023. To find a calendar of these elections, go to this link at the Secretary of State's website. TEP plans to survey candidates in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis. Presentation of candidate answers does not constitute endorsement of their campaigns or their positions.

    MEMPHIS

    To find basic information on October 5 Memphis municipal election, go to this link from the Shelby County Election Commission. We are surveying candidates for Mayor and City Council. Candidates are listed in the order in which they respond for their particular office. We are grateful to OUTMemphis, Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood, Love Doesn't Hurt, Mid-South Pride, MidSouth LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations for helping shape the questions.

    Mayor

    City Council Districts 1-7

    City Council Super Districts 8 and 9

    NASHVILLE

    To find basic information on the August 3 Metro Nashville general election, go to this link from the Davidson County Election Commission. TEP has surveyed candidates for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Metro Council. The survey responses for those candidates who replied are linked below. Candidates are listed in the order in which they responded for their particular office.

    Mayor

    Vice Mayor

    Council at-large

    Council Districts 1-7

    Council Districts 8-14

    Council Districts 15-21

    Council Districts 22-28

    Council Districts 29-35

    KNOXVILLE

    To find basic information on this year's City of Knoxville elections, go to this page by the Knox County Election Commission. The primary election takes place on August 29. The regular (general) election takes place on November 3. We surveyed every candidate for whom we could obtain an email address.

    Mayor

    City Council

    Municipal Judge

     


  • published Campaigns May 8 through 15 in Blog 2023-05-07 21:12:52 -0500

    Campaigns May 8 through 15

    We are still waiting for Governor Lee's action on some key bills. The Governor has called for a special session of the Legislature for August 21. You can submit comment about that at this link. These causes and events need your attention and they will give you the chance to extend your advocacy. Learn how we are preparing for the special session and the 2024 regular legislation session at this link. A video version of the campaign information can be found at this link.

    ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

    Veto calls to the Governor

    CALL: Call Governor Lee and urge him to veto discriminatory bills. Call 615-741-2001 and say: "Governor Lee, my name is ____________ and I live in ___________. Please, veto the following bills:  Senate Bill 1440, Senate Bill 466, and Senate Bill 102. Thank you."

    Notes:

    1. Feel free to add other bills that are important to you that have been transmitted to the Governor or may be soon.

    2. About the legislation. SB1237, the anti-trans private school athlete bill, was recently signed into law. SB1443, the parent opt-in bill was recently signed into law. It hampers student access to and choice of school clubs like GSAs and stigmatizes LGBTQ issues in the curriculum. SB1440 is the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill. SB466 is the student pronoun discrimination bill. SB102 bans requiring implicit bias training in public education. 

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

    SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, the Southern Christian Coalition is holding a "Protect Kids Not Guns Rally." Learn more at the Facebook link.

    THURSDAY, MAY 11

    SHOW UP: At 4:00 p.m. Central Time in Nashville, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition holds their May open house. Learn more on Facebook.

    MONDAY, MAY 15

    SHOW UP: At 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time, LGBTQIA2s+ & Allies Sevier Appalachian OUTreach are holding "Come Together Rally" to support a Pride proclamation in Sevier County before the County Commission meeting. Learn more on Facebook.

     


  • Building toward the special session and the 2024 legislative session

    A special legislative session on public safety is coming on August 21, 2023 and the 2024 legislative session begins in January. We are already preparing comprehensive campaign efforts for these critical moments. There are many opportunities for partner organizations to participate and individuals to volunteer.

    STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

    Consultation for Partner Organizations: This year over 350 organizations, small businesses, and congregations signed our statement against discriminatory bills. If your organization, small business, or congregation would like to find ways to engage in legislative advocacy, we can consult with you and provide options that fit your mission, time, and specialties. Contact us at [email protected] .

    Legislative Roundtable: During the legislative session, we will offer a roundtable discussion every two weeks for community organizations so we that we can hear from national partners, get insight from people affected by state legislation, and discuss ways organizations can engage with legislative advocacy. If you are interested in helping build this resource, contact us at [email protected] .

    Balcony Brigade and Committee Caucus: We need more people to attend key legislative committee meetings and to be in the Senate and House galleries when important votes are taking place. Being present allows people to LEARN the process, WITNESS what is happening to our Democracy, and ENGAGE in deeper advocacy. If you would like to sign up, go to this link. For a quick video on the initiative, go to this link. This initiative offers many opportunities for partner organizations to co-host individual events in the Capitol or in the Cordell Hull Building. If your organization is interested, contact TEP Nashville Co-Chairs Dahron Johnson and Brian Sullivan at [email protected] and [email protected] or fill out the form linked above.

    Media Engagement: News media outlets are frequently interested in talking to people affected by discriminatory state legislation. If you would like to be available to speak to the media, contact Brian Sullivan at [email protected] . In addition, we are exploring media training courses as we get closer to the fall. If you are interested in getting on the list for training, contact Brian.

    Regional Committee Expansion: To protect the LGBTQ community in Tennessee, we need to grow our existing regional committees and form new ones throughout the state. To connect with an existing regional committee near you or help form one, contact us at [email protected] so we can help get you matched.

    2024 Advancing Equality Day on the Hill: Advancing Equality Day on the Hill - Part 1 will take place on February 13, 2024 in the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. RSVP at the link. TEP Knox, Anderson, and Blount County Chair Aly Chapman and TEP Shelby County Chair Shahin Samiei will be considering modifications to the event to accommodate those traveling from great distances. We are also working with partner organizations on events surrounding Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. There are opportunities for partner organizations to produce connected events. If your organization is interested in proposing an event, reach out at [email protected] .

    District Captain Recruitment: District Captains are Tennessee residents who meet with their own state legislators to advocate for the LGBTQ community. Those meetings might take place at legislative offices in the Cordell Hull Building or closer to home at a local coffee shop or other convenient place. TEP will help you learn how to set up for the meeting and help you prepare for the meeting with a brief. If you feel called to this role, contact us at [email protected] .

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY

    Local Government Discrimination Watch: With authoritarianism and anti-LGBTQ policymaking growing at the state level, it will spill over into local governments (city councils, city commissions, boards of aldermen, county commissions, and school boards) around the state. We need volunteers who can monitor the meeting agenda of local government bodies around the state and help us develop responses to discriminatory proposals. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, fill out the quick form at this link.

    Speak Out For Democracy: Democracy is under threat in Tennessee. The expulsion of Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson struck at representation, which is the very foundation of democracy. In addition, the Legislature continues to usurp the authority of local governments in ways that disadvantage the diverse communities of our state. We invite you to speak out for democracy during the public comment period at a meeting of your local government. More information on this project will be available soon, but if you are interested, contact us at [email protected] .


  • published Campaigns May 3 through May 7 in Blog 2023-05-02 08:11:17 -0500

    Campaigns May 3 through May 7

    Bills continue to make their way slowly to the Governor. It now appears that any special legislative session on gun violence will be delayed until August or September. Here are additional ways for you to continue your advocacy.

    ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

    Veto calls to the Governor

    CALL: Call Governor Lee and urge him to veto discriminatory bills. Call 615-741-2001 and say: "Governor Lee, my name is ____________ and I live in ___________. Please, veto the following bills:  Senate Bill 1440, Senate Bill 466, and Senate Bill 102. Thank you."

    Notes:

    1. Feel free to add other bills that are important to you that have been transmitted to the Governor or may be soon.

    2. About the legislation. SB1237, the anti-trans private school athlete bill, was recently signed into law. SB1443, the parent opt-in bill was recently signed into law. It hampers student access to and choice of school clubs like GSAs and stigmatizes LGBTQ issues in the curriculum. SB1440 is the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill. SB466 is the student pronoun discrimination bill. SB102 bans requiring implicit bias training in public education. 

    THURSDAY, MAY 4

    SHOW UP: At 6:00 p.m. Central Time, Tennessee For All is having their virtual "Statewide Assembly." RSVP and learn more at the link.

    SATURDAY, MAY 6

    SHOW UP: From 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time, Raven Beauty Bar and Devil's Tower Records are holding "We Ain't Fools: A Celebration of Self Expression" at Raven Beauty Bar located at 917 Gallatin Avenue in Nashville. Learn more at the link.TEP will be speaking at 6:00 p.m.

    SUNDAY, MAY 7

    SHOW UP: Starting at Noon Central Time in Nashville at Pearl Diver in Nashville, Hawthorne Heights presents a "Tennessee Is For Lovers" pop up. TEP will have a table. Learn more at the link. TEP will have a table from Noon to about 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

    SHOW UP: At 4:00 p.m. Central Time in Nashville, Portara Ensemble presents "Dangerous - Soundtrack of Social Transformation." Ticket information is located here.

    THINK AHEAD

    SHOW UP: Advancing Equality Day on the Hill - Part 1 takes places on February 13, 2024. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.

    MISC: Help us prepare for the special legislative session and the 2024 regular legislative session with options at the link.


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