Chris Sanders

  • posted about Tuesday Twitter Team on Facebook 2015-05-03 16:56:23 -0500
    Join the Tuesday Twitter Team! We need you starting this Tuesday.

    Tuesday Twitter Team

    We need you for the Tuesday Twitter Team.  Once you sign up, we'll send you a sample message to tweet on Tuesday that you can adapt or edit.twitterfollow.png

    And every Tuesday or almost every Tuesday, we'll send you information about what needs to be tweeted that day.  You can help move the equality message forward in Tennessee every Tuesday.  Welcome to the TEP Tuesday Twitter Team!

     

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  • posted about Marriage PLUS Pledge on Facebook 2015-05-02 21:14:55 -0500
    Will you keep working for equality in all areas after the big ruling in June?

    Marriage PLUS Pledge

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    MARRIAGE PLUS PLEDGE

    I pledge to continue to work for full

    legal and lived equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

    people in Tennessee after we achieve marriage equality.  

    I recognize that we have more work to do on job discrimination, public

    accommodations discrimination, housing discrimination, safe

    schools/anti-bullying, bisexual erasure and visibility, health disparities,

    domestic violence, senior care, HIV/AIDS, hate crimes, documents for

    transgender people, and other issues.

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  • commented on TN couple get a taste of the fight for marriage equality in Alabama 2015-03-03 23:32:06 -0600
    They’re not criticizing the clerk. The issue is that they don’t know, given what the State Supreme Court has done, whether they will get their official copy or how soon. It’s not clear how far the Alabama Supreme Court will go in trying to delay the inevitable and what impact it will have on health insurance for their family since work told them they have to have proof of marriage in order to get the family plan.
  • signed Tell Saks to do the Right Thing! 2015-01-15 13:02:55 -0600

    Tell Saks to do the Right Thing!

    54 signatures

    Add your voice to tell Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th (which has a store in Nashville), and their online stores that transgender employees deserve protection from discrimination on the job and that the company should rescind its position that gender identity is not covered by sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

    You can read about the case of transgender employee Leyth Jamal and the repugnant Saks response here.

     

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  • Tennessee Equality Project endorsed 2015-05-13 20:47:45 -0500

    Tennessee Open For Business

    openforbiz.pngTennessee Open For Business is a free program for Tennessee small businesses that pledge not to discriminate against their employees or customers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. That means that member businesses do not discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals or couples or do harm to the LGBTQ community.  Members will get a listing on our website, a post on Facebook, and a window cling suitable for display in their storefront. The program is made possible through generous support of the Brooks Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

    The Tennessee Equality Project reserves the right to refuse membership in this program to any applicant and to revoke the membership of any business.

    You can see a list of some of the current members of Tennessee Open For Business at this link

    For questions, contact us at chris@tnequalityproject.com.

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  • Tennessee Equality Project endorsed 2014-12-07 20:46:34 -0600

    Get OUT the Vote 2015

    Many Tennessee cities will have elections in 2015.  Tennessee's three largest--Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville--are among them.  Will you pledge to remind your friends to vote in these important elections in 2015?  We're starting early because we want to get OUT the equality vote.  Your organization--even if it is a 501c3 or congregation--can also help.  501c3 organizations and congregations are allowed to tell their members when an election is and what is on the ballot.  Those activities in NO WAY endanger their tax exempt status with the IRS.  So we are asking you or your organization to pledge to get word out about these elections as they approach.  Those individuals and organizations signing up will get information about getting OUT the vote as the elections approach. 

    Note:  The word "endorse" on this page means you are endorsing the plan to get word out about elections.  The plan does not involve endorsing candidates. 

    We will add more city election information as it becomes available, but so far we know these dates:

    City of Jackson

    Early Voting--April 15-30

    Election Day--May 5

    City of Knoxville

    Early Voting Begins--September 9

    Primary Election Day--September 29

    Regular Election Early Voting Begins--October 14

    Regular Election Day--November 3

    City of Memphis

    Early Voting Begins--September 18

    Election Day--October 8

    Runoff Early Voting Begins--October 14

    Runoff Election Day--November 3

    Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

    Election Day--August 6

    Learn more about why the diversity vote is so important in these upcoming elections by taking a look at this video from "12th & Broad" featuring comments from TEP.

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  • signed Issues: SBC 2014-10-28 13:23:08 -0500

    Urge Southern Baptist Leadership to rethink the impact of their teachings on LGBT people

    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.

     

     

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