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  • signed Demand EEOC pursue LGBT job discrimination cases 2017-01-30 23:17:22 -0600
    discrimination must not be tolerated

    Demand EEOC pursue LGBT job discrimination cases

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    On January 27, Slate reported that the EEOC may withdraw from a case involving job discrimination against Amiee Stephens, a transgender woman.  New Commission chair Victoria Lipnic said "Administration-related changes" were the reason. 

    TAKE ACTION!

    1. Send your own email to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at info@eeoc.gov and urge the Commission to continue pursuing cases of LGBT job discrimination.

    2. Sign the petition.  If we reach or exceed 1000 signatures, we will deliver them to the Nashville EEOC office.

    388 signatures

    Dear Commissioners,

    We urge you to continue viewing job discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  In particular, you must continue to pursue the case of Amiee Stephens and other cases like it. 

    Your own report indicates there were 1768 charges of anti-LGBT job discrimination in 2016.  In many states, there are no explicit protections for LGBT workers.  Without your efforts, LGBT people are often defenseless against job discrimination.  You must continue to pursue these cases.

    Thank you for considering our views.

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  • LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans

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    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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  • signed No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! 2016-05-18 10:54:47 -0500
    So tired of ignorance concerning gender dysphoria especially from so called educated politicians. Hiding your hate in religion and laws is something I find disgusting by any person. One can Quote hate groups and other extremely conservative organizations all they like. These groups and their skewed views which are contrary to the truth are nothing but hate disguised as religious liberty or fear of men in a restroom. I say men because your skewed and flawed argument seems to never concerns trans-men in the men’s or women’s bathroom and never mentions the privacy of sons only daughters. You can hate something or someone but that does not give you the right to take rights away nor make laws against those you hate. Ignorance is your only real tool hopefully one day people will have had enough of (your type) and the right wing conservative movement. Real people who have actually known or know someone LBGTQ know the truth of all your lies and know all people of the US deserve equal rights.

    No special legislative session for bathroom 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.

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  • endorsed 2016-04-23 02:47:21 -0500
    Bullies always seem to need to hurt others; however, I still do not understand religious bigotry. These people seem fine with what they deem as sin when it is concerning anything or anyone other than themselves. I also do not understand why reading and research is so difficult for them; to pride ones self in ignorance is just foolish. If you truly believe in a God, imagine what if you are wrong in condemning others and what that means for your soul. I guess since you condemn so easily you have no fear of God and thus do not truly believe as you say; actions speak louder than words. Adding to peoples suffering is just wrong and contradictory to doing good. Hope my signature helps, I too am tired of religion being used as a weapon of hate.

    Stop using religion to discriminate in Tennessee

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    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.

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  • Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912

    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.

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 2016-04-17 19:32:11 -0500
    I lived in the area and still need medical care in the region. Bills / laws like this make it unsafe for the LGBT community and others. It is nothing more than lies and fear mongering propagated by pure bigotry. I have never wanted nor do I want to harm any one in or out of bathrooms. I like others have never thought about predator behavior. I can only imagine a predator would think of such things. I am busy doing what this life is about for me. I am living it to the best of my ability and doing no harm to others. I would hope others would do the same. Stop bigotry, stop ignorance and hate built upon lies and misinformation. Please continue to oppose HB2414 and other discriminatory bills like it.

    Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414

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    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.

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