Jim Frieman signed The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate 2019-03-29 19:59:28 -0500Dr. James Frieman:
I am deeply dismayed at the bills being considered by the Tennessee Legislature that are aimed at infringing on the rights of transgendered Tennesseeans and visitors, endangering their safety and encouraging a climate of hate and intolerance. My older brother Robert, who passed away several years ago, was a proud graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) and would have been sickened and angered by these developments. As a Christian and a professional in the healthcare industry who is concerned with the health, welfare and happiness of all people, cisgender and transgender, I urge the Legislature to reject small-mindedness, intolerance, transphobia and hatred and affirm the true Southern spirit of intellectual honesty, gentility, kindness and courage.
The people of Tennessee are speaking out against bills that result in discrimination against LGBTQ people in our state. Here is our statement with a summary of the bills.433 signatures
"As residents of Tennessee, we oppose these bills in the Tennessee General Assembly. They promote discrimination rather than justice and demean the worth of LGBTQ people in our state. We call on people of good will to join us in speaking out for basic fairness."
The bills are:
SB848/HB1152 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan and SB1304/HB836 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Rudd. These bills promote state-sanctioned discrimination by private adoption agencies against prospective parents on the basis of religious and moral objection.
SB364/HB563 by Sen. Gardenhire and Rep. Zachary. The Business License to Discriminate bill. The bill casts businesses rather than the LGBTQ community as possible victims of discrimination and opens the door to taxpayer funded discrimination.
SB1297/HB1151 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Ragan. While the bill seems to be about indecent exposure, its original text is a devious attempt to criminalize transgender and gender nonconforming people in restrooms and locker rooms. The bill has been amended in a House subcommittee to remove the portions targeting the transgender community. We want to make sure the amendment remains on the bill.
SB1499/HB1274 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Holt. This bill requires the Attorney General to defend school districts that engage in anti-transgender bathroom discrimination.
SB1282/HB1369 by Sen. Pody and Rep. J. Sexton. The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act is an attack on marriage equality.