Robin Lennon-Dearing

  • commented on Notes from the TN Dept of Health: Addressing inequalities and HIV 2022-02-21 13:28:42 -0600
    Hi Chris,
    Could you provide the link for this article and the date please?
    One huge group being left behind are the people living with HIV who have been criminalized in Tennessee by Criminal Exposure to HIV (TCA 39-13-109) and Aggravated Prostitution (TCA 39-13-516) laws and put on the sex offender registry permanently. Any action to provide equality for people with HIV in Tennessee must stop equating an HIV diagnosis to a death sentence and stop charging persons living with HIV as felons for perceived exposure to HIV without there being intention to harm nor actual transmission.
    Thank you,
  • commented on Expanded Counseling Discrimination bill filed 2016-12-06 12:26:46 -0600
    SB0001 “prohibits the Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists from adopting any rule that incorporates by reference a national association’s code of ethics.” Why on earth would this make sense to anyone? Professional codes of ethics are for the protection of the public! Every licensed professional is bound by their discipline’s code of ethics. This bill is clearly an example of Senator Johnson attempting to legislate outside his scope of practice. How arrogant! He should be reported to the TN Professional Board for practicing without a license.
    Robin Lennon-Dearing, PhD, MSW
  • No Discrimination in Federal Contracts!

    In late April the U.S. House Armed Services Committee voted to undo President Obama's non-discrimination executive orders for federal contracts via the Russell amendment.  This amendment is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. 

    Removal of the President's executive orders on non-discrimination would be a disaster for LGBT people in states like Tennessee that lack employment protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity. 

    Please, sign this petition to Tennessee's two U.S. Senators and nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives and we will make sure copies are sent to their offices.

    553 signatures

    Dear Senators Alexander and Corker and Representatives Roe, Duncan, Fleischmann, Desjarlais, Cooper, Black, Blackburn, Fincher, and Cohen:

    We oppose the Russell amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and similar efforts to reverse President Obama's executive orders on employment non-discrimination for federal contractors.  Protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is important to Tennesseans.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • posted about Counseling Unconditionally on Facebook 2016-05-03 18:40:49 -0500
    I support Counseling Unconditionally for clients seeking counseling in Tennessee.

    Counseling Unconditionally


    The map shown above represents mental health providers in Tennessee who provide affirmative services, especially in regards to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Please click on the top right of the map to make it larger so you can search your address/location to find counselors close to you and more information about them (e.g., website, e-mail address, insurance options, etc.).

    The "Counseling Discrimination Law" (formerly HB1840) passed in 2016 highlights the need for counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health providers to speak out for inclusive and affirmative practices.  We urge any mental health provider to endorse the statement at the bottom of the page. 

    As counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers serving clients in Tennessee, we affirm that we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity and we will not use our own sincerely held principles as a reason to turn clients away. 

    Note:  The Tennessee Equality Project and the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation reserve the right to refuse membership to any provider or revoke a provider's listing.

    If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to [email protected].


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