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  • signed LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans 2016-12-17 22:47:31 -0600

    LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans

    666 signatures



    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.

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  • posted about Tennessee clergy oppose SB1, the expanded counseling discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-12-07 20:57:02 -0600
    Tennessee clergy oppose SB1, the expanded counseling discrimination bill

    Tennessee clergy oppose SB1, the expanded counseling discrimination bill



    Tennessee clergy are signing the following statement against Senate Bill 1:

    "As clergy serving the people of Tennessee, we oppose Senate Bill 1 that retains the discriminatory provision of a law passed in 2016 and expands it to include discrimination based on beliefs.  In addition, the law completely abandons the American Counseling Association's code of ethics and requires the state board to write its own.  This puts all Tennesseans seeking counseling at risk because we cannot know whether the new ethics code and standards will include, delete, or add to the existing provisions of the code.  For these reasons, we urge the Tennessee General Assembly to reject SB1."

    If you are active or retired clergy serving people in Tennessee and would like to sign the letter, contact us at [email protected] .

    Rev. Chris Buice, Knoxville

    Rev. Viki Matson, Nashville

    Rev. Bruce Spangler, Knoxville

    Rev. Ken Edwards, Nashville

    Chaplain Jon Coffee, Knoxville

    Rev. Dave McIntyre, Normandy

    Rev. Judi Hoffman, Nashville

    Rev. Ken Carroll, Chattanooga

    Rev. Steve Wolf, Clarksville

    Rev. Laura Bogle, Maryville

    Rev. Jason Shelton, Nashville

    Rev. Mark C. Pafford, Cookeville

    Rev. Tim Kobler, Knoxville

    Rabbi Philip "Flip" Rice, Brentwood

    Rev. Gordon Gibson, Knoxville

    Rev. Carolyn Dipboye, Oak Ridge

    Rev. Larry K. Dipboye, Oak Ridge

    Rev. Judith Meyer, Knoxville

    Rev. Mark Brown, Memphis

    Rev. Greg Bullard, Madison

    Rev. April Baker, Nashville

    Rev. Dr. Amy L. Mears, Nashville

    Rev. Sandy Prigmore Lewis,

    Rev. Amy R Probst, Kingsport

    Rev. Howard Bowlin, Maryville

    Rev. Cynthia Andrews-Looper, Memphis

    Rev. Denise Yeargin, Nashville

    Rev. Jonathan Jeffords, Memphis

    Rev. Ray White, Greeneville

    Rev. Dr. Katherine White, Greeneville

    Rev. Jay Voorhees, Nashville

    Rev. Dr. Tim Stewart, Nashville

    Rev. Mike Wilson, Nashville

    Bishop Melvin Talbert, Nashville

    Rev. Kimberly Rodrigue, Nashville

    Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler, Nashville

    Rev. Mary Louise McCullough, Nashville

    Rev. Kevin E. Mitchell, Murfreesboro

    Cantor Tracy L. Fishbein, Nashville

    Rev. Lillian H. Lammers, Nashville

    Rev. Sharon Temple, Nashville

    Rev. Andrew B. Ward, Nashville

    Rev. Ingrid McIntyre, Nashville

    Rev. Brandon Gilvin, Chattanooga

    Rev. Mark Flynn, Chattanooga

    Rev. Jake Morrill, Oak Ridge

    Rev. Robert B. Coleman, Nashville

    Rev. Lisa Gwock, Nashville

    Rev. Michael Williams, Nashville

    Rev. Hope Hodnett, Nashville

    Rev. Dr. L. Susan Bond, Jackson

    Rev. Dr. Janet L. Wolf, Nashville

    Rev. Kira Schlesinger, Lebanon

    Rev. Pamela Hawkins, Nashville

    Rev. Deven Hazelwood Johnson, Johnson City

    Rev. Shane Smith, Kingsport

    Rev. Autumn Dennis, Nashville

    Rev. Peter van Eys, Nashville

    Bishop Patrick Potts, Johnson City

    Rev. R.J. Powell, Knoxville

    Rev. Chris Harpster, Kingsport

    Rev. Matthew Kelley, Brentwood

    Rev. Paul Slentz, Nashville

    Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Nashville

    Rev. Josh Beeler, Knoxville

    Rev. Nancy Speas Hill, Franklin

    Rev. Floridia Jackson, Memphis

    Rev. Barbara P. Garcia, Nashville

    Rev. Debbie Shield, Johnson City

    Rev. Eric Minton, Knoxville

    Rev. Rob Van Ess, Memphis

    Rev. Joseph R. Woodfin, Gallatin

    Pastor Michael Alford, Goodlettsville

    Rev. Becca Stevens, Nashville

    Rev. Thomas Kleinert, Nashville

    Rev. Beth Lefever, Cordova

    Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford, Kingsport

    Rev. Tim Bath, Murfreesboro

    Rev. Katie Woodard, Clarksville


  • Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414













    Sign this NEW petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to keep listening to the voices opposed to the anti-transgender student bathroom bill!

    1,533 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.

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