Ways to fight back on April 29 + 30

Discriminatory bills are rapidly moving forward in Tennessee.  We have listed email campaigns and events where you can show up to help.

April 29:  The anti-transgender student bathroom bill is up in House Calendar and Rules and could be on the House floor soon.

-Use this campaign to contact your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives to oppose the bill.

-Join us outside the House chamber in the Capitol at 3pm.  Wear RED, bring small signs opposing the bill.

April 30:  The amended indecent exposure bill, the adoption/foster care discrimination bill, and the anti-transgender student bathroom bill are on the Senate floor.

-Use this NEW campaign to contact your state senator to oppose all three bills.

-Join us in the Senate gallery at 8:00 a.m.  The floor session starts at 8:30.  Note:  The bills are late on the calendar.

*Do you own a small business and want to speak out?  If so, go to this link and add your company's name.

If you would like to support our work, you can make a contribution at this link.  Thank you for fighting so hard this legislative session.


Still in the Fight: What to do by Tuesday at 1pm

Tennessee's LGBTQ community faces another critical week.  Tuesday may be decisive for two bills--the anti-transgender student bathroom bill (SB1499) and the adoption discrimination bill (SB1304).  They are both up for consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building.

1. Use this form to email the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote NO on both bills.  If you have already used the form, share it with friends.

2. Consider attending the committee hearing.  Whether your focus is SB1499 or SB1304, RSVP at one of the links.  They are both up for consideration in the same hearing in the same room so you have double the reasons to attend.

Note:  If the anti-transgender student bathroom bill passes in the Senate Judiciary Committee, we will be well into the danger zone on the bill because it is back up in House Finance Subcommittee on Thursday.  So take defensive action and use this form to contact your member of the Tennessee House of Representatives

If you would like support our work, consider making your contribution at this link.

Thank you for fighting so hard against discrimination this year!


Tell the Legislature, "We've had enough."

The very existence of anti-LGBTQ bills is disgusting.  It's well past time for the Tennessee General Assembly to stop acting as if it is business as usual to attack people whose rights they swear an oath to uphold.

Here are some ways you can tell them, "Enough!"

Tuesday, April 16

-At 10:00 a.m., the Business License to Discriminate bill is up in the Senate State & Local Government Committee. 

     *Tell them to vote NO with this easy form.

     *Wear RED to the committee meeting.

-At 1:00 p.m., the bill directing the TN Attorney General to defend school districts with anti-transgender student policies is up in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

     *Tell them to vote NO with this easy form.

     *Wear RED to the committee meeting.

You can support our work with a contribution at this link.

 


More ways to raise your voices against the Slate of Hate

Here are the bills up for votes the week of April 7 and ways you can take action:

April 8:  HB1151, the heavily amended anti-transgender locker room bill, is up for a vote in the House.  The amendment takes out the portions directly targeting the transgender community, but the amendment could be stripped or other amendments could be added on the House floor.  Fears remain about how the bill could be used against transgender people if it became law.  It would be best if it were just dropped! 

*Use this form to contact your member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

 

(Updated) April 9:  HB1274, the bill that forces the State of Tennessee to support public school districts that develop anti-transgender policies, is up for a vote in the House Civil Justice Committee.  It is amended, but the amendment is still focused on "biological sex" and makes the state help school districts that develop bad policies.  In other words, the amendment is not helpful.

*Use this form to contact the full House Judiciary Committee

*Make phone calls/leave messages about the bill with the office phone numbers and scripts at this link. You can easily print that list and make copies to take to gatherings.  Leaving messages at any hour over the weekend is really helpful!

*Attend the House Judiciary Committee in RED.  The event at 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room of the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville.  RSVP here.

Other Recent Legislative Action:

SB1304/HB836, the adoption discrimination bill, passed on the House floor on April 1.  It was due for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2, but was reset to the final calendar in that committee.

SB364/HB563, the Business License to Discriminate bill, has passed the full House, but it is still not on notice in the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

SB1282/HB1282, the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act, is still not on notice in Senate and House committees.

Thanks for all you do to fight back!


Take action by 3pm on Tuesday, March 26

There is still time for you to fight back against SB1297 (the unamended anti-transgender locker room bill) and SB134 (one of the adoption discrimination bills).  But take action before 3:00 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, March 26.

1. Use this email campaign to send a message to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

2. Make calls or leave messages to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Here's a script with office phone numbers for each senator.

3. Attend the committee meeting in RED on March 26 at 3pm Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville.  RSVP at the link.

We are grateful for all you do to fight discrimination in Tennessee.  You can make a financial contribution at this link.


Moving, amended, delayed: What to do this week to fight the Slate of Hate in TN

Your resistance to the Slate of Hate in Tennessee IS having an effect, but we can't stop yet.  Here's where the bills are and what you can do.

1. Moving.  HB836, the discriminatory adoption bill, advanced from a House subcommittee and is up in the House Judiciary Committee this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. 

-Be a presence against the bill and Wear RED to the committee hearing.  RSVP and learn more at the link.

-Make calls to the committee members who will vote on the bill and urge them to vote NO.  Use this list and script.

-Email the whole House Judiciary Committee with this easy form

2. Amended.  HB1151, the anti-transgender locker room bill, was amended in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week to remove everything after the enacting clause in the bill, which means the portions of the bill targeting the transgender community.  We need to monitor the amended bill throughout the process to make sure the amendment sticks.  It is up for discussion in the same House Judiciary Committee meeting at 12:30 on Wednesday where the adoption discrimination bill is up for a vote.  RSVP at the link.

3. Delayed.  HB563, the Business License to Discriminate bill, was delayed last week after discussion on the House floor.  We expect it to be up for a vote on Thursday. 

- Use this form to generate an email to YOUR member of the Tennessee House of Representatives urging a NO vote on the bill.

-Find your State Representative by giving your street address at this link and then call your representative and say, "My name is ______________ from ______________.  I am calling to ask Representative ________________ to vote NO on HB563 on the House floor.  It takes important tools away from local governments and results in taxpayer funded discrimination.  Thank you."

Your financial support of work at this link helps us sustain our work against these bills

 

 


A week to raise your voice against discrimination: Here's how!

Speak up this week.  Three discriminatory bills are up for a vote in the Legislature.  Here's the calendar and what to do:

*Tuesday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m.  One of the adoption discrimination bills (HB836) is up for a vote in the House Children & Families Subcommittee.

1. Use this campaign to tell the subcommittee to vote NO.

2. Wear RED and attend the hearing on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in Cordell Hulll House Hearing Room 2. RSVP at this link.

*Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m.  The anti-transgender locker room bill (HB1151) is up for a vote in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. 

1. Use this campaign to tell the subcommittee to vote NO.

2. Wear RED and attend the hearing on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Cordell Hull House Hearing Room 2.  RSVP at this link.

*Thursday, March 14 after 9:00.  The Business License to Discriminate bill (HB563) is up for a vote on the House floor.

-Use this campaign to tell your member of the Tennessee House of Representatives to vote NO.  When you put your address into the form, it will find your representative and generate an email. 

Consider supporting our work financially at this link.  We are grateful for all you do to fight discrimination in Tennessee. 


State of Emergency: 3 discriminatory bills up a vote

So far, three anti-LGBTQ bills are up for a vote the week of March 3 in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

The first is a bill that allows private adoption agencies to discriminate against parents based on the religious views of the agency.  That hits LGBTQ parents and parents of different religions or no religion at all.  Public policy ought to be based on the needs of the child and whether the parents can provide a loving home.  Use this form to contact the subcommittee voting on the bill and urge them to vote NO

The Business License to Discriminate bill is also up in the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Here's the new email campaign to oppose that bill.

On Wednesday the anti-transgender locker room bill is up for a vote.  Take action against that bill at this link.

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Be present at the hearings in red

We encourage you to attend these important votes.  Wear red if you can to show that you are part of the group opposing these bills.  Here are the Facebook events for each event.  All of them take place in the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville:

*March 5 at 9am in House Hearing Room 4 on one of the adoption discrimination bills (HB1152)

*March 5 at 11:15 Press Conference in Cordell Hull Building

*March 5 at 1:30 pm in House Hearing Room 3 on the Business License to Discriminate bill (HB563)

*March 6 at 3:30 pm in House Hearing Room 2 on the anti-transgender locker room bill (HB1151)

Please, support our work with your contribution at this link.  We are grateful for your support that allow us to keep you informed and work against these awful bills.

Chris Sanders

Executive Director


Tennessee Clergy Opposed to the 2019 Slate of Hate

Members of the clergy residing in Tennessee endorse the following statement about anti-LGBTQ bills in the Tennessee General Assembly:

"As leaders of faith communities 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, it is a devious attempt to criminalize transgender and gender nonconforming people in restrooms and locker rooms.

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.

Clergy wishing to sign should send an email with their name AND city of residence to info@tnep.org .

Rev. John Feldhacker, Nashville

Rev. Viki Matson, Nashville

Rev. Robert L. Early (ret.), Nashville

Rabbi Philip "Flip" Rice, Brentwood

Rev. Janet Wolf, Nashville

Pastor Greg Bullard, Madison

Rev. David E. McIntyre (ret.), Normandy

Rev. Wolf Cole, Savannah

Rev. Dr. Mary Louise McCullough, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Gordon D. Gibson, Knoxville

Rev. Jeff Briere, Johnson City

Rev. Susan Gardner (ret.), Hermitage

Rev. Cynthia Andrews-Looper, Gallatin

Rev. Brandon Gilvin, Chattanooga

Rev. William H. Berger, Franklin

Rev. Elaine Blanchard, Memphis

Rev. Tim Bath, Murfreesboro

Rev. April Baker, Nashville

Rev. Deborah Lynn, Nashville

Rev. Laura Bogle, Knoxville

Rev. Robert B. Coleman, Nashville

Rev. John Gill, Knoxville

Rev. Laura Becker, Chattanooga

Rev. Randy Shoun, Knoxville

Rev. Steve Wolf, Clarksville

Rev. Judi Hoffman, Nashville

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert (ret.), Hermitage

Rev. Theodore McKnight (ret.), Pleasant Hill

Rev. Dr. Brice Thomas, Nashville

Rev. Anne-Marie Zanzal, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Clay Thomas, Chattanooga

Rev. Paul Slentz, Nashville

Rev. RJ Powell, Knoxville

Rev. Carolyn Smith Goings, Ph.D., Dyersburg

Rev. Pamela Hawkins, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Diana L. Hynson, Nashville

Rev. Adam Kelchner, Franklin

Elder Blake Smith, Nashville

Min. Dahron Johnson, Nashville

Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Nashville

Rev. Mark C. Pafford, Smithville

Rev. James Bowman Harris, Cookeville

Rev. Ann McClure, Nashville

Rev. Beth Lefever, Memphis

Rev. Dr. Betty Dawson, Memphis

Rabbi Michael Shulman, Nashville

Rev. Michael Alford, Goodlettsville

V. Adrian Mehr, assistant clerk of the Memphis Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Rev. Becky Yates, Nashville

Rev. Carolyn Coleman, Nashville

Rev. Elliott Prigmore Lewis, Joelton

Rev. Phildora J. Prigmore Lewis, Joelton

Rev. Mark Miller-McLemore, Brentwood

Rev. Denise Gyauch, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Amy Mears, Nashville

Rabbi Katie Bauman, Memphis

Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Memphis

Rabbi Bess Wohlner, Memphis

Rabbi Sarit Horwitz, Memphis

Rev. Rob Van Ess, Memphis

Rev. Cheryl Cornish, Memphis

Rev. Gary White, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Jack Seymour, Nashville

Rev. Rebekah Gienapp, Memphis

Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Jeffords, Memphis

Rev. Dr. LeNoir Culbertson,

Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Gallatin

Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler, Nashville

Rev. Brandon Berg, Bristol

Rev. Mimi White, Memphis

Pastor Scott Wilks, Mountain City

Rev. Heather Harriss, Nashville

Rev. John Hill, Franklin

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, Spring City

Rev. Brenda Carroll

Rev. Dr. Teresa Smallwood, Nashville

Dr. Joerg Rieger, Nashville

Rev. Billy Vaughan, Memphis

Rev. Darren Wright, Nashville

Rev. Paul R. Purdue, Nashville

Rev. Valerie Ohle, Knoxville

Rev. Dr. Herbert Lester, Jr., Nashville

Rev'd Timothy Holder, Elizabethton

Sandy Benson, Clerk, Memphis Friends Meeting

Rev. George R. Pasley, Martin

Rev. Amy C. Howe, Memphis

Rev. Brad Whitaker, Chattanooga

Rev. Jacob William Wood, Brentwood

Rev. April Berends, Chattanooga

Rev. Claire Brown, Chattanooga

Rev. J.W. Calhoun, Knoxville

Rev. Brian Davis, Chattanooga

Rev. Joe Woodfin, Chattanooga

Rev. J. Peter van Eys, Nashville

Rev. Ingrid McIntyre, Nashville

Rev. Cherie Parker, Nashville

Rev. Brandon Baxter, Nashville

Rev. Linda C. Parker, Nashville

Rev. Meredith Jane Day, Memphis

Minister Kaki Friskics-Warren, Nashville

Minister Bill Friskics-Warren, Nashville

Rev. Robert Galloway (ret.), Corryton

Rev. Dave McNeely, Jefferson City

Rev. Stephanie Dodge, Nashville

Rev. Susan Hay, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Sandy Shawhan, Bellevue

Rev. Vernon Denney (ret.), Nashville

Rev. Erin Racine, Nashville

Rev. Dr. Brian C. Wyatt, Elizabethton

Rev. Hope Hodnett, Nashville

Rev. Andrew B. Ward, Goodlettsville

Rev. Alaina Cobb, Chattanooga

Rev. Alison Lutz, Nashville

Rev. John M. McLean, Nashville

Rev. Catherine Clark Nance, Maryville

Rev. Jimmy Sherrod, Knoxille

Rev. William C. Stooksbury (ret.), Nashville

Rev. Edward Colf, Hendersonville

Deacon Ron Deal, Nashville

Rev. Allison Gossett, Nolensville

Rev. Ashley McFaul-Erwin, Nashville

Rev. Christy Jo Harber, Nashville

Min. Wesley King, Nashville

Rev. George Cunningham, Murfreesboro

Rev. Kristi Shay Moore, Nashville

Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Old Hickory

Rev. Joe Pfeiffer, Memphis

Rev. Victoria Rebeck, Nashville

Elder Matthew Paris Stewart, White Pine

Rev. Dr. Peggy L. Meade, Kingsport

Rev. Dr. Harry Lawrence (ret.), Chattanooga

 

 

Congregations endorsing the statement

Memphis Friends Meeting (Quakers)

RISE UP Community Church, Murfreesboro

 

 


Tennessee's 2019 Slate of Hate: Anti-LGBTQ bills in the General Assembly

Tennessee is consistently one of the top states for anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced every year.  2019 is no exception.  Here is a list of bills to watch.

SB848/HB1152 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan.  This bills protects private adoption agencies that discriminate against prospective parents based on the religious or moral views of the agency.

SB1304/HB836 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Rudd.  This bill is similar to the previous bill. 

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.  Government would not be able to disadvantage businesses in public contracts or grants if the internal policies of the business or nonprofit are discriminatory.  In other words, it opens the door to taxpayer funded discrimination.

SB1297/HB1151 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Ragan.  On its face, this bill seems to be about indecent exposure.  But it is a way of criminalizing trans and nonbinary people in restrooms and locker rooms. 

SB1499/HB1274 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Holt. This bill is similar to a bill last year that required 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 back.  Earlier in the week, we saw evidence in the Cordell Hull Building that such a bill was being considered. 

What to do:

Watch for social media and email alerts from TEP for specific action to take as the bills are moving through committee.

Consider attending the next Advancing Equality Day on the Hill on March 5.  Email us at info@tnep.org if you want to attend or serve as a district captain.

Make a contribution to support our work.  Professional lobbying and organizing to produce a coordinated effort is not free.  Help us  fight back.

 

 



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