Terry Yeary

  • Urge Gov. Haslam to protect LGBTQ state government employees

    Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed an executive order barring discrimination against state government employees on the basis of gender identity.  Discrimination based on sexual orientation was already banned. 

    Outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam could do the same for our state government employees.  Sign the petition and urge him to protect LGBTQ state government employees by executive order.  If we get 1000+ signatures, we will deliver them to the Governor's office. 

    647 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We urge you to sign an executive order protecting Tennessee state government employees from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the same protections that Ohio state government employees enjoy thanks to the recent executive order signed by outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich.

    Employees of our public colleges and universities already enjoy these projections as do the public employees in Metro Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knox County.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to work without the fear of discrimination. 

    Thank you for considering our views.

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  • signed Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed 2018-06-29 01:40:43 -0500
    The idea that the SCOTUS is becoming a political tool, a means for partisan gains is not what the high court was designed to be. It is an institution that reminds us of what our constitution and laws were intended to do or evolve to do. To pull back the raines and oversee rights, fairness, lawfulness, freedoms and equality as we still discover them and freedoms that are not yet realized. In the 1980’s when Roe v. Wade was being threatened Ronald Reagan appointed conservative Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 1987 Ronald Reagan also nominated conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy who in July 2015 in his opinion handed down in Obergefell v. Hodges Justice Kennedy wrote:
    “Until the mid-20th century, same-sex intimacy long had been condemned as immoral by the state itself in most Western nations, a belief often embodied in the criminal law. For this reason, among others, many persons did not deem homosexuals to have dignity in their own distinct identity. A truthful declaration by same-sex couples of what was in their hearts had to remain unspoken.”
    “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.”

    Justice Kennedy leaves behind a legacy that no Senator should deny, ignore or set aside. No Senator from our beloved State of Tennessee should ever desire to put a heavily partisan thumb on the scales of justice with the intentions to influence, cause harm or deny others what that Senator himself/herself would expect from full citizenship in the United States of America. We do not live in a country that gets to pick and choose which legal citizens are awarded the rights of full citizenship while others are not. Full citizenship and all that entails is granted to all legal citizens and must have a court that protects that very notion. A court that can objectively view the issues before it, without political influence, biases and prejudices, to determine outcomes of protections of all citizens, fairly and justly while we still explore and learn the meaning of freedom.

    Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring so the President will name a successor who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Sign to urge Senator Alexander and Senator Corker to speak up for the LGBTQ community during the confirmation process.  TEP will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to their offices.

    1,069 signatures

    Senator Alexander and Senator Corker:

    When the President announces his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, we urge you to speak up for the rights of LGBTQ people.  It is vitally important that members of the Supreme Court support the principle of "equal protection" and that Justice Kennedy's successor uphold the existing rights of LGBTQ people and oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people.  We respectfully ask you to raise these concerns publicly and not to vote for any nominee who supports discrimination.

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  • commented on YOUR Districts 2017-05-11 09:53:40 -0500
    Sen. Ken Yager

    Rep. John Mark Windle

    YOUR Districts

    Tell us your state senate and state house districts.  Note:  We are NOT asking for your U.S. Senate and U.S. House districts (the elected officials who meeting in Washington, D.C. ).  We are asking about your elected officials you meet in Nashville--your state senator and your state representative.  You can find them at this link by entering your street address.

    So tell us your state senator and your state representative as well as your email address.  Thank you!

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  • Flat Fork Sellers endorsed 2017-02-15 03:57:50 -0600
    I’m endorsing Tennessee Equality Project for the great work they do in Tennessee….Join me!

    Tennessee Open For Business

    openforbiz.pngTennessee Open For Business is a free program for Tennessee small businesses that pledge not to discriminate against their employees or customers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. That means that member businesses do not discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals or couples or do harm to the LGBTQ community.  Members will get a listing on our website, a post on Facebook, and a window cling suitable for display in their storefront. The program is made possible through generous support of the Brooks Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

    The Tennessee Equality Project reserves the right to refuse membership in this program to any applicant and to revoke the membership of any business.

    You can see a list of some of the current members of Tennessee Open For Business at this link

    For questions, contact us at [email protected].


  • 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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  • donated 2015-08-01 12:49:35 -0500

    Support the Work of Tennessee Equality Project with a One Time Donation

    Governor.jpgAs a supporter of Tennessee Equality Project, your contribution funds the advancement of policies through direct and grass roots lobbying which protect the rights of LGBT people and their families here at home in Tennessee. Contributions to TEP (a 501(c)(4) organization) are not tax deductible.

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  • commented on TEP responds to Morgan County religious freedom/anti-marriage equality resolution 2015-08-01 12:23:57 -0500
    Thank you, TEP, for standing up for the rights of minorities in Morgan County and all over the State of Tennessee. It is important to push back on those arguments from groups that try to deny rights to citizens. I live in Morgan County and I am very bother by the wording in their Resolution. It appears to be vague in asking for protection based on “Traditional Bible Believing Christians” which seems to be a backdoor to discriminate against anyone not deemed by a group of people to have what they deem as “traditional” beliefs. I think it would be very beneficial to have Morgan County Executive to define and clarify in detail for legal purposes exactly what the county is referring to in that phrase. We need Morgan County to put in writing what it deems as a “Traditional Bible Believing Christians”….Again, Thank You TEP
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