Sara Dahlstrom

  • signed No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! 2016-05-19 18:17:07 -0500
    Medical ethics require us to treat all patients equally. It should not be allowed to let one religion, or all religions to change the long standing tradition of medical ethics. This slippery slope will allow other religions to give their own version of ‘proper’ treatment according to their religious texts. This will open pandora’s box and change the entire landscape of medicine, religious separation, freedom, and government control of religion. Focus on the constitution, not what any (I mean any and all) religions claim is their right.

    This is a slope we never want to start on.

    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:

    1,074 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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  • signed Tennessee Loves Target 2016-05-03 13:17:36 -0500
    Thank you Target! You have my continued support and business.

    Tennessee Loves Target

    ellyahnnaTarget.jpgTarget'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.


    1,050 signatures

    Tennessee loves Target.  I support the company's transgender-inclusive policies and I will continue to shop at their stores.                                               



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  • endorsed 2016-04-21 08:49:44 -0500

    Stop using religion to discriminate in Tennessee


    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.


  • endorsed 2016-04-18 20:34:50 -0500
    As a nurse I KNOW there is no room for discrimination in medical care. None. All practioners need to put their own issues aside for the good of the patient. Period.

    As a military retiree, I served for 20 years to protect rights, not stand by while they get stripped from the most vulnerable of our citizens.

    I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill














    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.


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  • signed Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 2016-04-18 11:50:27 -0500
    I am a military retiree, and a nurse. Discrimination is contrary to everything that I served for. This bill is supposedly about “protecting our children” but what about the safety of gender-non conforming children. Where are their rights and safety in this discussion?

    May I forward a suggestion from the Mississippi legislature – have bathrooms and locker rooms available to ALL students who are uncomfortable using the bathroom and changing their clothes in front of others. This way neither the trans students nor those who are bigoted against them are outed to their peers. There are other children, who for whatever reason, would appreciate this additional privacy as well.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    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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