Some discriminatory bills are failing, but some are still advancing. Take action with these campaigns. More will be added in the coming days.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26
SHOW UP: At 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, TEP is offering a legislative advocacy training at the Knox Pride Center. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.
MONDAY, MARCH 27
CALL: At 6:30 p.m., join inclusion tennessee and other organizations for a Zoom phone bank. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
Parent opt-in bill
EMAIL: Use the easy form to contact the House K-12 Subcommittee and urge them to vote NO.
SHOW UP: At Noon Central Time in House Hearing Room 4, the House K-12 Subcommittee will take up HB727, a parent opt-in bill.
Sneaky, anti-trans camp bathroom amendment
EMAIL: SB1044/HB1379 is being amended to provide an accommodation for parents who don't want their kids sharing space with transgender kids at camp. It is a camp version of the bathroom bill. It is up in Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Health Committee at 1:30 on March 28. Use the easy form at this link to contact both committees.
CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Note: Calls for the House Health Subcommittee are listed under the HIV program funding bill since we have two bills of interest in that subcommittee.
SHOW UP: Go to either the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting or the House Health Subcommittee meeting at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Senate Judiciary meets in Senate Hearing Room 1 and House Health Subcommittee meets in House Hearing Room 4. RSVP at the Facebook event link.
HIV program funding bill
EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the members of the House Health Subcommittee and urge them to vote YES.
CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to call the members of the House Health Subcommittee about the HIV program funding bill AND the sneaky anti-trans bathroom amendment to the camping bill.
SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 4, the House Health Subcommittee may take up HB370, a good HIV program funding bill. The Senate companion bill was deferred to next year in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. The subcommittee will also take up anti-trans bathroom amendment to a camping bill. We have combined Facebook events for this committee and Senate Judiciary Committee since both meet at the same time and will both consider this discriminatory amendment. The Facebook event is linked here.
CALL: At 6:30, the Human Rights Campaign hosts their virtual phone bank. Register at the link.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Anti-trans student pronoun bill and other education bills in Senate and House Committees
EMAIL: Use the easy form at the link to contact the Senate Education Committee and urge them to vote NO on discriminatory bills.
CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the members of the Senate Education Committee.
SHOW UP: At 1:00 p.m. Central Time in Senate Hearing Room 1, the Senate Education Committee takes up the anti-trans student pronoun bill and other legislation. RSVP at the Facebook event link.
EMAIL: Even though the two parent opt-in bills are being combined on the Senate side, HB1411 is still on the House Education Administration calendar. If you did the email campaign for the parent opt-in bill up for a vote on Tuesday in the House K-12 subcommittee, you have addressed this bill with some of the committee members. If you missed it in the list of campaigns, here it is again.
CALL: Use the scripts and numbers at the link to leave messages with the members of the House Education Administration Committee on discriminatory bills.
SHOW UP: At 1:30 p.m. Central Time in House Hearing Room 1, the House Education Administration Committee takes up bills with discriminatory implications. RSVP at the Facebook event link.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Anti-trans private school athlete bill
EMAIL: Use this easy form to send a message to your own member of the Tennessee House of Representatives urging a NO vote.
SHOW UP: At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, HB306, the anti-trans private school athlete bill is on the House floor. This event takes place in the Capitol, not in the Cordell Hull Building. You can attend. There is some seating in the gallery or you can be in the hallway outside the House chamber.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
SHOW UP: At 4:00 p.m. Central Time at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Queer Youth Assemble, inclusion tennessee, and TEP present "Rally for Queer & Trans Youth Autonomy." Legislative Plaza is located at 301 6th Avenue North. THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.
SHOW UP (virtually): 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Co-hosted with inclusion tennessee, TEP presents a Transgender Day of Visibility program on Zoom called "Visible, Vocal, Vibrant: A Conversation with Transgender and Gender-expansive Persons About Being Present, Speaking Out, & Growing Hope in the Halls of the Tennessee Legislature." Facilitated by Dahron Johnson, the panel will include Eli Givens, Vaniel Simmons, Jacen Wilder, and C.J. Desai, who have prepared testimony on state legislation this year. RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event link where you will find the Zoom link.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
SHOW UP: "March for LGBTQ+ Lives" coordinated by inclusion tennessee and Nashville Pride. 10:30 a.m. East Park in Nashville. THIS EVENT IS NOW BEING POSTPONED.
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