Jack Hill signed Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed 2018-06-28 15:44:26 -0500We need Senators with a spine who are willing to represent the interests of ALL their constituents, not just the white males who follow like sheep.
I am white, male, raised in a Republican home, but the current GOP is NOT MY GOP! I used to believe in the platforms and policies of the GOP. I voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964, my first year being eligible to vote. The Republicans I knew and supported had a spine and stood up for their constituents, ALL of them, and did not back down out of fear of losing the windfall from extremist right-wing supporters.
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.
An open letter from Tennessee's LGBTQ community to our fellow Tennesseans
As members of the LGBTQ community, we write to our fellow Tennesseans a month after the election and a month before the upcoming state legislative session.
In recent weeks members of our community have experienced grave assaults on our safety and dignity. A gay, gender nonconforming man was murdered. A transgender woman’s car was burned. The signs and doors of a church that affirms our community have been vandalized. A gay couple received a package with a knife sticking out and a message attached urging them to leave the state.
These attacks upon individuals and institutions have put our lives and safety at even greater risk than usual. They contravene the welcoming traditions of hospitality for which Tennessee is known.
The time we have entered is critical. Many are calling for healing in the wake of a divisive election. Healing is difficult while fresh wounds are being inflicted such as discriminatory state legislation.
So we are speaking out for our safety, dignity, and equal rights under the law.
Our struggle is not against your values, unless you value discrimination. LGBTQ Tennesseans are your neighbors, your family members, your health care providers, firefighters, grocery clerks, teachers, elected officials, and we fill many other roles vital to the life of small towns and large cities. Many of us grew up and continue to be active in the same faith communities as you.
In the long story of our community’s struggles, we have relied on our own strength to sustain us. We have also experienced the joy of working with countless allies. Now is a time for allies to speak out with us and we invite people of good will throughout the state to build a stronger, inclusive, welcoming Tennessee to meet our state’s common challenges together.
If you share these values and priorities, we invite you to add your name to this letter.
Jack Hill signed No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! 2016-05-21 14:42:24 -0500You have put up a strawman of an adult male, dressing as a woman to gain access to a women’s restroom – HOWEVER, the Bill is focused on schools, populated by children, and NO ADULT, MALE OR FEMALE, without specific authorization should have access to a school campus, let alone a children’s restroom facility. This Bill is discriminatory against LBGT people, people you have been elected to represent, so DO YOUR JOB! STOP THE 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.
Jack Hill signed No Discrimination in Federal Contracts! 2016-05-08 15:49:24 -0500“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that ALL men [meaning PEOPLE] are created equal…”
Do NOT presume to insert backwards thinking into making a mockery of the Founding Fathers’ ideals from ore than 240 years ago
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.554 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.
Jack Hill signed Tennessee Loves Target 2016-05-03 11:41:51 -0500Thank you for standing up for what is right
Target's trans-inclusive policies are under attack in Tennessee. A Mt Juliet pastor's rant went viral and this week at a Hendersonville Target, protesters shouted religious wrath at employees and customers. But we know that Tennessee loves Target and it's time to show it!
As former TEP Board member Ellyahnna Hall (pictured) notes:
"I support Target for trying to provide a safe space for all people. I'm a trans woman and I've faced the dangers of not having access to restrooms that corespond to my gender identity. If opponents are really concerned with safety then let's focus on tougher rape laws and enforcing those, not creating a fake danger that doesn't exist."
Sign the petition statement and show Target some love. We'll deliver hard copies of the petition to select Target locations in Tennessee.
Tennessee loves Target. I support the company's transgender-inclusive policies and I will continue to shop at their stores.
Jack Hill signed Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 2016-04-22 10:07:20 -0500The Bill to defund the Diversity Office at UT/Knoxville is misguided and ill-conceived, and totally fails to understand the importance of diversity in a education environment, most especially a University, that on every aspect, makes the citizens of Tennessee proud. The state has been made a mockery in the press and on TV for trying to make the Bible (which of the thousands of versions will be official, and how is that NOT a violation of the protections afforded by the US and Tennessee Constitutions?) the official State Book, and for trying to legislate who can use which bathroom. Tennesseans are NOT the backwoods hill-billies we are made out to be by the reactionary legislature, whose members seem hell-bent on sending us back to the early 19th century. P)lease stand up for what is right with Tennessee and VETO the Bill to defund the UT Diversity Office.
The Legislature passed SB1912/HB2248 that removes funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Sign this petition that we will deliver to Governor Haslam asking him to veto the bill.2,097 signatures
Governor Haslam, we call on you to veto SB1912/HB2248 and protect the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office plays a vital role in making the university competitive for the best students, faculty, and staff and it makes campus life welcoming for all. Thank you for considering our views.
Jack Hill endorsed 2016-04-21 10:46:36 -0500All these discriminatory bills should never have come up… they are simply the result of a corrupt right-wing legislature pandering to the voices and votes of religious fanatics who are so far away from the teachings of the “Christ” they profess to serve… Rather than teaching love, these apocryphal charlatans preach hate and narrow-mindedness
On April 18, 2016 about 30 pastors shamefully stood in Legislative Plaza and spoke in favor of the anti-transgender student bathroom bill. And religion was used to advance the counseling discrimination bill. Many more clergy across Tennessee publicly opposed both bills.
Whether you're religious or not, aren't you tired of religion being used to support discrimination in our laws? If so, endorse this statement:
We oppose the use of religion to justify discrimination in Tennessee law. To use religion to divide us in our public life violates the spirit of the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions, does harm to the people of Tennessee, and brings scandal to religion.Endorse
Jack Hill endorsed 2016-04-19 08:36:33 -0500This bill is totally unnecessary and an affront to every Tennessean. Professional ethics codes for counselors already allows moving a case to another counselor if the counselor is not suited nor able to serve the client’s needs. There is NO NEED FOR Hate Bill 1840 – NO ONE is protected by it, and people with genuine needs will be discriminated against.
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
Jack Hill signed Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 2016-04-15 11:02:50 -0500This bill places too many innocents at risk. Granted there is concern about male sexual predators dressing as women and going into the women’s restroom, where they can take advantage of women and children, but this Hate Bill 2414 will do NOTHING to stop this practice! Acts like I mentioned are already illegal, and a law that places children and adults at serious risk of bullying, and injury will do NOTHING to stop sexual predators.
If the Bill passes PLEASE VETO this misguided bill and help protect the most vulnerable among us.
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.
Jack Hill signed VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill 2016-04-09 16:35:22 -0500Jack Hill
Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.4,239 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.
Jack Hill signed Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414 2016-04-01 10:53:45 -0500Please veto ANY legislation that would increase the risk of bullying, and place children in harm’s way solely because their gender identity might conflict with their birth certificate. Veto Senate Bill 2387 – it is a serious over-stepping of legislative involvement in a deeply personal situation.
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.