Campaigns for the week of March 6, 2023

Some bills have stalled thanks to your efforts while others continue to moved ahead. Take action with the campaigns below. More will be added as the calendar fills out.

ANY DAY

CALL: Call the Governor and tell him signing SB1 and SB3 was a mistake.

MONDAY, MARCH 6

Drag licensing bill and wedding officiant refusal bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell your own member of the TN House of Representatives to vote NO on HB30 and HB878.

SHOW UP: You can show up for House floor sessions. HB30 and HB878 are on the House floor on Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. You can be in the gallery if you can find a seat or in the hallway outside the House Chamber. The event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Building.

All-purpose opportunity

CALL: Join inclusion tennessee and other organizations for the weekly phone bank against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Here's a registration for it.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7

Bill requiring TN to apply for federal HIV funding

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell the House Health Subcommittee to vote YES on HB370.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers to leave messages for legislators.

SHOW UP: HB370 is a good bill that requires Tennessee to apply for federal HIV program funding. It is up in the House Health Subcommittee at 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 4. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.

All-purpose opportunities

SHOW UP: The Mid-South LGBT Chamber of Commerce is holding an online Advocacy 101 session at 6:00 p.m. RSVP at the link.

CALL: The Human Rights Campaign hosts a virtual phone bank against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

Anti-trans TennCare bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell the House Finance subcommittee to vote NO on the anti-trans TennCare bill.

CALL: Call members of the Finance Committee and Subcommittee with the numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP:  The House Finance Committee will take up HB1215, the anti-trans TennCare bill at 10:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 3. The discussion typically moves fast and focuses on cost and revenue issues of bills.

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to tell the House Finance Subcommittee to vote NO on the bill.

SHOW UP: The House Finance Subcommittee will also consider HB239, the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill at 10:30 a.m. in House Hearing Room 3. The discussion typically moves fast and will be focused on cost and revenue issues of bills.

Anti-trans private school sports bill and parental opt-in bill

EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to the House Education Administration Committee to vote NO on both bills.

CALL: Use the numbers and scripts to leave messages with members of the committee.

SHOW UP: The House Education Administration Committee takes up the anti-trans private school sports bill and the bill requiring opt-in parental permission for parts of the curriculum, school surveys, and school clubs. Show up at 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room 1. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9

EMAIL: Use the easy form to tell your own senator to vote NO on the binary sex bill.


Campaigns for the week of February 27, 2023

More bills are now moving in the Senate as well as the House. Take action with the campaigns below. More will be added as the calendar fills out.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

CALL: Join inclusion tennessee and other organizations in a Zoom phone bank against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

CALL: New calls added on February 27.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Drag licensing bill

EMAIL: Email the Senate State & Local Government Committee members with this easy form and urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with members of the committee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The drag performer licensing bill is up for a vote in the Senate State & Local Government Committee at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

SHOW UP: The House Finance Committee is also considering the bill at 3:00 p.m. in House Hearing Room 2. The committee typically moves quickly through bill since they are only considering the financial impact of the bill and not the kinds of issues addressed in a subject-matter committee like Local Government.

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill

EMAIL: Email the Senate Judiciary Committee with the easy form at the link and urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to call some members of the committee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill is up in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

Anti-school survey, sex ed, and GSA bill

EMAIL: Email the House K-12 subcommittee with the easy form at the link and urge them to vote NO.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to call some members of the subcommittee and urge them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: A bill that would require parental consent for participation in school surveys, sex education, and school clubs like GSAs is up for a vote in the House K-12 subcommittee at 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

CALL: Join the weekly HRC virtual phone bank and make calls against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

Anti-trans TennCare bill

EMAIL: Email the House Finance Subcommittee members with the easy form at the link urging them to vote NO.

SHOW UP: The House Finance Subcommittee will take up HB1215, the anti-trans TennCare bill. This subcommittee typically moves quickly through bills. But if you want to attend, go to House Hearing Room 3 in the Cordell Hull Building at 10:30 a.m.

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex" & wedding officiant license to discriminate bills

EMAIL: Email the House Civil Justice Committee members with the easy form at the link and tell them to vote no on the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill and the wedding officiant license to discriminate bill.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to call members of the committee to express your opposition to the bills.

SHOW UP: The House Civil Justice Committee will consider the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill and the wedding officiant license to discriminate bill at Noon Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

Anti-trans private school sports bill & anti-trans pronoun bill

EMAIL: Tell the House Education Administration Committee to vote NO on the anti-trans private school sports bill and the pronoun bill using the easy form at the link.

CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave phone messages with members of the committee to express opposition to the bills.

SHOW UP: The anti-trans pronouns and private school sports bills are up for votes in the House Education Administration Committee at 1:30 p.m. Learn more at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

EMAIL: SB3/HB9, the drag restriction bill goes back to the Senate for a floor vote. Use this easy form to email your own senator.


Campaigns for the week of February 20, 2023

Hate and discrimination are flying fast, but we are resisting at every step. Take action with these campaigns. More campaigns will be added as we make them and as we get a fuller picture of the legislative calendar.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20

CALL: Join the next Zoom phone bank with inclusion tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

SHOW UP: We're having a Pink & Purple Day on the Hill. From 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. we will have a check-in time in the Cordell Hull Building cafeteria with information about the bills, committee hearings, and what you can do. RSVP at the Facebook event page.

Anti-trans TennCare bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the House Insurance Committee to vote NO on the anti-trans TennCare bill.

CALL: Call the members of the Insurance Committee about the anti-trans TennCare bill with the numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: Attend the House Insurance Committee meeting at 10:30 a.m. as they vote on the anti-trans TennCare bill. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

Wedding refusal bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to tell the House Children & Family Affairs subcommittee to oppose the Wedding refusal bill.

CALL: Call the members of the Children & Family Affairs subcommittee with the numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: Attend the House Children & Family Affairs subcommittee meeting at Noon as they vote on a bill that gives anti-marriage equality officiants special rights. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

Anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to urge the House Civil Justice Subcommittee to vote NO on the anti-trans binary sex bill.

CALL: Call the members of the Civil Justice subcommittee about the binary sex bill that would hurt trans people in the Tennessee Code with the numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: Attend the House Civil Justice subcommittee meeting in the Cordell Hull Building at 1:30 p.m. as they consider the anti-trans binary definition of "sex" bill. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

Anti-trans private school athlete and pronoun bills

EMAIL: Tell the members of the House K-12 subcommittee to oppose the anti-trans private school athlete bill and the pronoun bill with this easy form.

CALL: Call the members of the House K-12 subcommittee about the anti-trans private school athlete bill and the pronoun bill with the numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: Attend the House K-12 subcommittee meeting in the Cordell Hull Building at 4:30 p.m. Both the anti-trans pronoun bill and the anti-trans student athlete bill are up for votes. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

CALL: HRC's weekly virtual phone bank takes place at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Register at the link.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Drag licensing bill

EMAIL: HB30, the drag licensing bill, is up for a vote in the House Finance subcommittee. Use this easy form to the tell the members to vote NO.

SHOW UP: You can attend the House Finance subcommittee. Unlike subject matter committees such as Local Government, there will not be much issue-oriented discussion. The discussion will be quick and focus on the financial impact of the bill as found in the fiscal note. But if you would like to attend, be at House Hearing Room 3 of the Cordell Hull Building at 10:30 a.m.

Anti-implicit bias training bill

EMAIL: Use this easy form to urge the Senate Education Committee to vote NO on the anti-implicit bias training bill.

CALL: Call the Senate Education Committee and urge them to vote NO on the bill banning implicit bias training in public schools and public colleges and universities with the phone numbers and scripts at the link.

SHOW UP: A bill banning mandatory implicit bias training in public schools and public colleges and universities is up for a vote in the Senate Education Committee at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

EMAIL: HB1, the ban on youth gender-affirming care, will hit the House floor. That will be its last stop before it reaches the Governor. Use this easy form to contact your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The House floor session begins at 9:00 a.m.

EMAIL: HB9, the anti-drag bill, will hit the House floor for a vote. That will be its last stop before it reaches the Governor. Use this easy form to contact your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

CALL: Call your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives with the information and script at the link.

SHOW UP: The House floor session begins at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. You can attend meetings of the full House of Representatives or of the Senate. You can watch from the gallery if you can get a seat. Or you can be in the hallway outside the House chamber. To be absolutely clear, it's important to know that you will be going to the Capitol building, NOT the Cordell Hull Building for a floor session.


Campaigns for the week of February 13

Anti-LGBTQ bills are moving fast through their committees in Tennessee. Please, take action with these campaigns with opportunities to call, email, and show up. Note: Campaigns will be added throughout the week as the Legislature finalizes its calendar of bills to be considered.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

EMAIL:  SB1, the ban on trans youth healthcare, is on the full Senate calendar on Monday afternoon! Use this easy form to email your own state senator. Personalize the message or record a video.

CALL: Join inclusion tennessee and TEP for a Zoom phone bank against discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event page.

SHOW UP: Knox Pride is hosting "Enough is Enough Rally" at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time in Knoxville. Go to their Facebook event for details.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

EMAIL:  HB1215, an anti-trans TennCare bill, is up for a vote in House Insurance Subcommittee. Email the members with this easy form.

CALL: Leave a message with members of the House Insurance Subcommittee about HB1215 with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP:  HB1215, an anti-trans TennCare bill, is up for a vote in the House Insurance Subcommittee. Join us at Noon in House Hearing Room 1. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

EMAIL:  HB30, an amended anti-drag bill is up for a vote. Tell the House Local Government Committee to vote NO with this easy form.

CALL:  Leave a message with members of the House Local Government Committee on HB30 with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: HB30, one of the anti-drag bills, is up in the House Local Government Committee at 1:30 p.m. HB239, a bill that imposes a binary biological definition of sex in the Tennessee Code, is up at the same time in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. RSVP for the two committee meeting with one Facebook event at this link.

EMAIL: Use this easy form to ontact the members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on HB239, an anti-trans document bill.

SHOW UP: Attend the "Have a Heart Tennessee Rally" at 3:00 p.m. at Legislative Plaza in Nashville. RSVP at the link.

EMAIL: HB9, an anti-drag bill is back before the House Criminal Justice Committee. Email the members with this easy form.

CALL: HB9, an anti-drag bill is back before the House Criminal Justice Committee. Call members of the committee with the scripts and numbers at this link.

SHOW UP: HB9, an anti-drag bill, is up in Criminal Justice Committee at 4:30 p.m. HB306, an anti-trans private school athlete bill, is up at the same time. RSVP at the Facebook page for both committee hearings.

EMAIL:  HB306, an anti-trans private school athlete bill, is up in House K-12 subcommittee. Tell the members to vote NO with this easy form.

CALL:  Leave a message with members of the House K-12 subcommittee on HB306 with the scripts and numbers at the link.

CALL:  Join the Human Rights Campaign for a virtual phone bank at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. RSVP at this link.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

EMAIL:  HB1, a horrible attack on trans youth healthcare, is heading to House Civil Justice Committee at Noon. Use this easy form to contact the members of the committee. Personalize the message or record a video message to go with your email.

CALL:  Leave messages at the offices of the Civil Justice Committee members about HB1 with the scripts and numbers at this link. Note: The link also includes the calls to House Civil Justice Subcommittee for HB239 since some committee members are members of the subcommittee.

SHOW UP: HB1 is up in House Civil Justice Committee at Noon in House Hearing Room 2. RSVP at the Facebook event page for the hearing.

SHOW UP:  Advancing Equality Day on the Hill is a day to meet with your legislators at the Cordell Hull Building. Learn more at the Facebook event page. Email us at [email protected] to find out more.


Tennessee Statement for Dignity and Against Discrimination

The fundamental dignity of every person is the cornerstone of good public policy. Wisdom leads us to respect the diversity of our neighbors and to a shared prosperity for all. Words and laws that divide us have no place as Tennessee looks to the future. We need the strengths of everyone.

Legislation has been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly that diminishes and threatens LGBTQ people. Bills that remove life-saving healthcare from transgender youth and adults, malign drag performances, create obstacles for LGBTQ students, and challenge marriage equality do lasting harm. 

As organizations committed to the path of mutual respect and the goal of everyone’s dignity, we call on the Tennessee General Assembly to abandon these discriminatory proposals.

If your organization, business, or congregation would like to endorse this statement, fill out the form at this link.

Signing this statement are the following:

Law Office of Julia Tate

S&L Companies

Knox Pride

Glencliff United Methodist Church

Indivisible TN

ChangeTN

Psychotherapy & Forensic Services, LLC

Appalachian Outreach

Voce Speech Therapy, PLLC

East Nashville Beer Works

West Tennessee LGBTQ+ Support LLC

OutJackson

McKee Photography

Pozzi Entertainment Group

Earthfire Abbey

Love Doesn't Hurt

Jackson Creative Society

Custom Drapes. LLC

Mama Bear Sweet Treats

Indian Lake Animal Clinic

PFLAG Franklin

Glendale United Methodist Church - Nashville

Talk and Thrive Education, LLC

RISE: Healthy for Life

Tioga Environmental Consultants, Inc.

IDJC Press

Focus LGBT Magazine

Ray Rico Freelance, LLC

Outlaw Memphis

Stomping Ground Herbals

Double N Lawncare

Human Rights Campaign

Covenant of the Cross

BG Photography

The Silver Fern

Hub City Pride Runners

Abby Weeden Photography & Design

Saturn and Sun Collective

Flatwoods Fawn

Blakemore United Methodist Church

Best Little Frame House

Brave Heart Counseling and Consulting

Appalachian Equality Chorus

Maria Andruschenko, LPC-MHSP

James Brantley LMT

Allegiant Financial Planning

Sunflower Counseling Services

Underground Art, Inc.

Upper Cumberland Pride

East Nashville Queer Parents

Franklin Pride TN

Ubuntu Counseling & Wellness

Nashville Black Assembly

April Allen Photography

Welcoming Cumberland Presbyterians

Garden Buddy, LLC

The Law Offices of J. Vincent Perryman

Thistle Cottage Home: Silhouettes and Custom Artwork

PFLAG Columbia

Cat Colony Food Pantry

Moms for Social Justice

Out On A Limb Productions

Little Mountain Stoneworks, LLC

Pride of Place Weddings

Brie Flora Jewelry

Williamson Social Justice Alliance

Wilco Iris

First Congregational Church of Memphis (First Congo)

Music City Doulas

The Table, ELCA Lutheran Church

Chinkapin Craftstead, Inc.

Live True Vintage

Belcourt Theatre

Drkmttr Collective

Jackson Alumni and Professional Chapter of Men of DISTINC Inc

Mu Chapter of Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C. INC

Graceful Aging Legal Services PLLC

Nashville Launch Pad

No Exceptions

Plum Flower Software

MAEVE Eastside Neighbors

Stand Up Nashville

Presbyqueerians of Idlewild Presbyterian Church

Aquarius Rising

Welty Law Office

PFLAG Nashville

Olive Branch Therapy, PLLC

inclusion tennessee

Southern Christian Coalition

The Queer Youth Unity Project

Cryptid Café

Maypop Forest School

Brown & Mayes Salon

Nashville Jews for Social Justice

Madison Area Democratic Women

Matryoshka Coffee

Carver Construction, LLC

Hidden Springs Nursery

fieldWork

Awakening Hearts Counseling

North Star Art Education

MikeEatsNash

Cabin Attic Burgers

Fait la Force Brewing Co.

312 Pizza Company

The Beauty Parlour

Frankie J's

Love & Lion

The Lipstick Lounge

Stolas Botanicals

Good Neighbor Festivals

Heart Story Consulting, LLC

Empowered Heart Integrative Mental Health Care, PLLC

OUTMemphis

Rosie

Tyson House - Episcopal & Lutheran Campus Ministry at UTK

Protect My Care

Forward TN

Encircle Acupuncture

Connect Media Group

Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi

Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood

Inebriated Shakespeare

G Squared Wireless, LLC

Haven Class, First Centenary United Methodist Church

Harding House Brewing Company

Rodney Mitchell Salon

Nashville in Harmony

Big Ben's Bagels

GracePointe Church

IL Forno

Dino's

Janie Wilkerson, LPC-MHSP

Wink

Pink Door Cookies

Classic Blue Music Academy

Acme Feed & Seed

The Southern Steak & Oyster

TomKats Catering

Found Movement Group

Besitas Nashville

Honeytree Meadery

Nurture Nashville Yoga

Whitewood Counseling

Giles County Inclusivity Committee

Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle TN

S&L Solutions

Waggin' Tails

T & K Creative Solutions Group

Network for Sustainable Solutions

Tennessee Alliance for Progress

Peacock Law, PLLC

Live Full Therapy

Work Life Spirit Coaching & Consulting

Tennessee Playwrights Studio

Vortex Graphics Company

Claiming Ground Counseling PLLC

Nashville Community Crisis Response

Miriam's Promise

Osborne & Eppler

Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Curious Capybara Bookshop

The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing

Astral Ingress & Community Witch

The House of Bits, LLC

Luna Yoga

Unity Church of the Cumberlands-Cookeville

TheSkinGuru-Cookeville

Nashville Pride

Kacey Cardin Coaching

The J. Carter Shop

Nashville Curiosities Collective

Bomb Pop Boutique

Frothy Monkey

Storefront Studios

Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga

Bread & Wine

East Nashtivists

lou nashville

damngoodbrows

Sow & Root Collective

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Art of Lindsey Jenks

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Battle Creek

American Medical Women's Association

Trail Sisters Nashville

Nashville Musicians for Change

Shelby Andal Photography

Autism Tennessee

The Justice Salon at St. Augustine's Chapel

East Nashville Doulas

National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

Healthy and Free Tennessee

Gator Michaels Consulting

Mark Summers Ltd

Abortion Access Front

Walking Into A New Life

Traditional Mod

Tennessee Justice Center-TJC

Nooga Diversity Center

Bongo Java & Fido Restaurants

Frequency 528 Brewing Company

Hub of Love

Tennessee Paralegals, LLC

Hiestand Pyschological Services, PLLC

Truvy's Rhinestone Cabaret

Freya's Photography

Beechwood Creek

ADL Southeast

Chandler's Dezigns

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cookeville

Congregation Micah

Karen Fox Photography

Shayla Marie Designs

Amethyst Healings Massage and Yoga Studio

Novelette Booksellers

Allison Russell Music

Advocates for Women's and Kids' Equality (AWAKE) Tennessee\

Diskin Cider

Short Mountain Cultures

East Nashville Pediatrics

Belle Fleur Farm

Nine12 Architects

Tenn Little Birds

Cumberland Folk School

Lucky Vegan LLC

Slipp3ry When Wet LLC

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Journey Mental Health

Studio Strange

Bliss Integrated Bodywork

Shana Hamilton-Lockwood, PhD, PLLC

Companion Comfort Massage

East Nashville Family Medicine

David Maddox

Hemp Building Institute

Adele's

Variegated

AVO

Vanderbilt Graduate Workers United

The Bookshop

Flora Plant Shop

Live True Vintage

Cybelle Elena, LLC

The Mad Raven

Heart Rock Hideaway

Mountain Path Healing Arts Studio

Champions for Christ 777

Grillshack Fries and Burgers

Anzie Blue

The Loyal Opposition

Kinship Blooms

Yellow & Lavender

The Little Weirdo

GLAAD

Pastaria Nashville

Curl Coven

The Hemp Building Institute

A Better Balance

Random Sample

East End United Methodist Church

CA South

Crema Coffee Roasters

Flora+Fauna Cafe and Roaster

Appalachian Voices

Mid-South Immigration Advocates

Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee

Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga

S.L.A.M. Sweat Like a Mother Nashville

Wand & Willow Day Spa

I Am Well Consulting

The Collab

McNeilly Center for Children

The Get Together Events Co.

Memphis Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Aesop Edgehill

Endeavor Performance

Cedarmont Farm

Church of the Savior, UCC, Knoxville

mrtheory

The Salty Cubana, LLC

LBHBeauty, LLC

Perennial Relational Theory

Jobs with Justice East Tennessee

Rob + Deanna Photography

Forward Hair Lab LLC

Beauty School -A Salon

Wynning Wombmanhood

SideShow Bennie's Carnival of Wonders

Serve presenta

cj advertising

United Campus Workers

Hey Hey Creative

36th Parallel Photography

CURED

Kindred Partnerships

Mondo Vegan

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Murfreesboro

May Farm Sanctuary

Brandi Fleck Coaching

Tapered Threads

BookPage

Fringe + Co

Sheeco Events

Temple Israel

Beth Sholom Synagogue

mtheory

Pride Center of the Tri-Cities

Amnesty International Nagoya Multicultural Group

Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab

Baked on 8th

Dirty Coast Press

THE TELL ME BAR

AXR Recordings

No Reverse Records, LLC

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Apple & Oak

Whiskey Water

Finely Tuned Associates

CGB Counseling, LLC

Teresa Pickney

Life by Design Coaching

Ebb & Iv

Hale & Hearty Lifestyle

Equality and Respect

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Nashville Children's Theater

Brother Wolf

Margot Cafe and Bar

Weak Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Campaigns for the week of February 6

Take action to fight anti-LGBTQ bills the week of February 6 with these campaigns.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6

EMAIL: Use this easy form to send a message to your state senator urging a NO vote on SB3, a bill attacking drag. It is on the Senate floor the evening of February 6 at 5:00 p.m. UPDATE: The bill was deferred on Monday to Thursday. You may still have time to email.

CALL: Zoom phone bank on discriminatory bills at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn more at the Facebook event page.

SHOW UP:  SB3, an anti-drag bill, is on the Senate floor at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to watch from the Senate gallery, go to the Capitol building. The event is not in the Cordell Hull Building where committee meetings take place, but in the Capitol itself. It is located at 600 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Nashville.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

EMAIL:  Use this easy form to send a message to Senate Judiciary to vote NO on SB1, an anti-trans youth healthcare bill.

CALL: Call some of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to vote NO on SB1 with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: SB1, an anti-trans youth healthcare bill, is up in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3:00 p.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

EMAIL: Use this easy form to send a message to House Criminal Justice Committee to vote NO on HB9, an anti-drag bill.

CALL: Call some of the members of the House Criminal Justice Committee to vote NO on HB9, an anti-drag bill with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: HB9, an anti-drag bill, is up for a vote in the House Criminal Justice Committee at 4:30 p.m. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

CALL: There is an HRC virtual phone bank at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. RSVP at this link.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

EMAIL:  Use this easy form to send a message to House Health Committee to vote NO on HB1, an anti-trans youth healthcare bill.

EMAIL: Use this easy form to send a message to the House Cities & Counties Subcommittee to vote NO on HB30, an anti-drag bill.

CALLCall some of the members of the House Health Committee to vote NO on HB1, an anti-trans youth healthcare bill, with the scripts and numbers at the link.

CALL: Call the members of the House Cities and Counties Subcommittee to vote NO on HB30, another anti-drag bill, with the scripts and numbers at the link.

SHOW UP: HB1, an anti-trans youth healthcare bill, is up in the House Health Committee at 3:30 p.m. and HB30, an anti-drag bill, is up in the House Cities & Counties Subcommittee. Both take place at 3:30. RSVP at the Facebook event link.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

WRITE: Join us for a postcard writing party in Clarksville from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event page.

ANY DAY

SIGN: Organizations, congregations, and businesses can sign this statement for dignity and against discrimination.


Take action to protect trans health on February 1

January 31 was a devastating day in the Legislature. Anti-gender-affirming care legislation advanced in the House and anti-drag legislation advanced in House and Senate committees. There is still time to take action today ahead of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee meeting on SB1, a bill banning gender-affirming care for trans and non-binary youth.

EMAIL:  Use the form at the link to email the members of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee about SB1, which a ban on gender-affirming care.

CALL: Call the offices of some of the committee members and urge them to vote NO with the scripts and numbers at this link.

SHOW UP:  Attend the Senate Health hearing on SB1, which bans gender-affirming care for trans and non-binary youth at 1:00 p.m.. Facebook event at this link.


Take action the week of January 30

Discriminatory bills are starting to move in the Tennessee General Assembly. Take action with these campaigns the week of January 30. More specific information will be added as the week progresses.

Monday, January 30

CALL:  Zoom phone bank with inclusion tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Facebook event with Zoom link here.

CALLCall the Governor and urge him to reconsider Tennessee leaving CDC HIV funds on the table.

Tuesday, January 31

EMAIL:  Use the form at this link to email the members of the House Health Subcommittee about HB1, a bill banning gender-affirming care for youth.

EMAIL:  Use the form at this link to email the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Criminal Justice Subcommittee about SB3/HB9, which is an anti-drag bill.

CALL: Call the offices of some of the members of the Health Subcommittee asking them to vote NO on HB1 with the scripts and numbers at this link.

CALLCall the offices of some of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking them to vote NO on SB3 with the scripts and numbers at this link.

CALLCall the offices of some of the members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee asking them to vote NO on HB9 with the scripts and numbers at this link.

SHOW UP:  Attend the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee hearing on HB9, one of the anti-drag bills, in House Hearing Room 2 at Noon. Facebook event linked here.

SHOW UP: Attend the House Health Subcommittee hearing on HB1, one of the anti-trans healthcare bills, in House Hearing Room 4 at 1:30 p.m. Facebook event linked here.

SHOW UP:  Attend the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on SB3, one of the anti-drag bills, in Senate Hearing Room 1 at 3:00 p.m. Facebook event at the link.

Wednesday, February 1

EMAIL:  Use the form at the link to email the members of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee about SB1, which a ban on gender-affirming care.

CALL: Call the offices of some of the committee members and urge them to vote NO with the scripts and numbers at this link.

SHOW UP:  Attend the Senate Health hearing on SB1, which bans gender-affirming care for trans and non-binary youth at 1:30 p.m.. Facebook event at this link.


Tennessee Slate of Hate 2023

The day after the election, legislators began filing discriminatory bills. The following is the emerging Slate of Hate for 2023. The description of the bills is meant to be basic and not exhaustive of every implication. The legislative session begins on January 10, 2023.

Bills that clearly and directly attack the LGBTQ community

SB1/HB1 by Sen. Johnson and Rep. Lamberth. Bans gender-affirming care for minors.

SB3/HB9 by Sen. Johnson and Rep. Todd. Restricts public drag performances and could also have the effect of putting trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people in danger.

SB5/HB1138 by Sen. Bowling and Sen. Ragan. Another bill banning gender-affirming care for minors.

SB841/HB30 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Doggett. Another bill connecting drag performances to adult cabaret performances. It defines a permitting process and prohibits the attendance of those under 18.

SB1440/HB239 by Sen. Roberts and Rep. Bulso. As introduced, adds "sex" as a defined term for statutory construction purposes.

SB1237/HB306 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Bulso. As introduced, authorizes a private school to create a policy to regulate a student's participation in the school's athletic activities or events based upon a student's biological sex. This is another anti-trans student athlete bill. The bill was later amended to use TSSAA to exclude transgender athletes at private schools from league participation.

SB466/HB1269 by Sen. Rose and Rep. Cochran. As introduced, specifies that a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA is not required to refer to a student using the student's preferred pronoun if the pronoun is not consistent with the student's biological sex; insulates a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA from civil liability and adverse employment action for referring to a student using the pronoun that is consistent with the student's biological sex.

SB596/HB878 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Fritts. As introduced, states that a person is not required to solemnize a marriage if the person has an objection to solemnizing the marriage based on the person's conscience or religious beliefs.

SB1339/HB1215 by Sen. Johnson and Speaker Sexton. As introduced, prohibits any managed care organization that contracts with the bureau of TennCare to provide medical assistance from providing reimbursement or coverage for a medical procedure if the performance or administration of the procedure is for the purpose of enabling a person to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the person's sex, or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a person's sex and asserted identity.

SB1110/HB1386 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, enacts the "Marital Contract at Common Law Recording Act"; authorizes county clerks to accept and record a record of common law marriage between one man and one woman; limits the jurisdiction of circuit courts and chancery courts in cases involving the definition of common law marriage to the principles of common law marriage.

SB620/HB1414 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Todd. As introduced, enacts the "Families' Rights and Responsibilities Act", which declares that the ability of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of that parent’s child is a fundamental right. Note the language on gender identity in the bill.

SB1469/HB1447 by Sen. Johnson and Rep. Faison. As introduced, clarifies that prescribing hormone treatment for minors is not a standard medical practice when the treatment is for the purpose of enabling a minor to identify with, or live as, a purported identity inconsistent with the minor’s sex or treating purported discomfort or distress from a discordance between a minor's sex and asserted identity.

SB1044/HB1379 by Senator Hensley and Rep. Ragan. This is a caption bill that would sneak in anti-trans bathroom language for any setting that could be defined as a camp.

SB918/HB1319 by Senator Rose and Rep. Kumar. This is a caption bill with an amendment that would have the effect of restricting the display of flags such as Pride flags and Black Lives Matter flags on public buildings.

SB1443/HB727 by Sen. Roberts and Rep. Hulsey. As introduced, requires a student's parent or legal guardian, or the student if the student has reached the age of majority, to provide a written, informed, and voluntarily signed consent to the student's LEA before the student may receive instruction through the LEA's family life curriculum, participate in a survey, analysis, or evaluation, or receive health services provided through a coordinated school health program. Note: This bill was later amended to include language about sexual orientation/gender identity curriculum.

SB1117/HB1411 by Sen. Bowling and Rep. Fritts. As introduced, requires an LEA to obtain a student's parent's or legal guardian's consent to allow the student to participate in instruction, an activity, evaluation, assessment, survey, or analysis offered by the student's LEA. Note: This bill was later amended to include language about sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum.

Bills that could have discriminatory implications for the LGBTQ community

SB102/HB158 by Sen. Gardenhire and Rep. Zachary. Prohibits public school districts and public higher education institutions from requiring an employee to go through implicit bias training. Note: The primary target of this bill is likely implicit bias training related to race. It may affect training related to sexual orientation and gender identity, though it is unclear how extensively those issues are discussed in implicit bias training in Tennessee school districts or Tennessee higher education institutions. Practice seems to vary.

SB138/HB161 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Eldridge. This bill regulates phones and tablets sold in Tennessee and filtering of material deemed harmful to minors. It appears to be dealing with pornography, but it could be used to filter LGBTQ content.

SB603/HB571 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Carringer. As introduced, prohibits public institutions of higher education offering certain medical and health-related degree or certificate programs, and state contractors, from requiring diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for purposes of the issuance of a degree, or the approval of a state contract or grant, as applicable. Note: It is not clear the extent to which the practice is occurring with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity in Tennessee.

SB817/HB1376 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Higher Education Freedom of Expression and Transparency Act.

SB1141/HB1377 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan. As introduced, creates a process by which certain individuals may file a complaint with an LEA or public charter school for the LEA's or public charter school's including or promoting certain prohibited concepts as part of a course of instruction, in a curriculum or instructional program, or by allowing teachers or other employees to use supplemental materials that include or promote certain prohibited concepts.

SB681/HB774 by Sen. Reeves and Rep. Moon. As introduced, enacts the "Protecting Tennessee Businesses and Workers Act."

Positive Legislation

SB290/HB370 by Sen. Yarbro and Rep. Clemmons. As introduced, requires the department of health to seek federal funding to implement programs for the prevention, testing, and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for residents of this state, including programs in partnership with community and nonprofit partners; requires the department to annually report to the general assembly certain information about the programs and funding.

SB1078/HB1040 by Sen. Yarbro and Rep. Jernigan. As introduced, excludes materials obtained by an individual teacher, which are made available in the teacher's classroom to students assigned to the teacher's class or classes, from having to be identified in a list posted on the school's website, and from being subject to the development, review, and feedback process established by the school's local board of education or public charter school governing body for materials in the school's library collection.

How to help

1. Sign up to host postcard parties. We already have more than 20 in the works around the state. Contact us at [email protected] .

2. Save the date. Advancing Equality Day on the Hill part 1 takes place on February 15.

3. Sign up to be a district captain any time and learn how to engage your two state legislators. Contact us at [email protected] .


Take action on discriminatory bills week of April 25

We still have time to speak out against discriminatory bills as some advance and some are delayed. Take action with these campaigns and events. More may be added in the coming days.

APRIL 25

The House of Representatives has scheduled floor votes for the discriminatory student pronoun bill and the anti-trans college athlete bill for April 25 starting at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

Email: Use this easy form to generate a message to your own state representative against both bills.

Attend: Zoom phone bank against the discriminatory student pronoun bill at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Facebook event linked here.

APRIL 26

The Senate Finance Committee takes up the anti-trans student pronoun bill. There are two meetings of the committee that day--9:00 a.m. Central Time and 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Both meetings take place in Senate Hearing Room 1.

Email: Email the Senate Finance Committee opposing the discriminatory student pronoun bill with this easy form.

Call: Make calls against the bill using the script and numbers at the link.

ANY DAY

Call: Call Governor Lee and urge him to veto and speak out against anti-trans legislation with the number and script at the link.



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