@ tweeted link to LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans. 2016-12-18 14:00:00 -0600Sign the petition: LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/lgbtq_open_letter_to_our_fellow_tennesseans?recruiter_id=50026666 signatures
An open letter from Tennessee's LGBTQ community to our fellow Tennesseans
As members of the LGBTQ community, we write to our fellow Tennesseans a month after the election and a month before the upcoming state legislative session.
In recent weeks members of our community have experienced grave assaults on our safety and dignity. A gay, gender nonconforming man was murdered. A transgender woman’s car was burned. The signs and doors of a church that affirms our community have been vandalized. A gay couple received a package with a knife sticking out and a message attached urging them to leave the state.
These attacks upon individuals and institutions have put our lives and safety at even greater risk than usual. They contravene the welcoming traditions of hospitality for which Tennessee is known.
The time we have entered is critical. Many are calling for healing in the wake of a divisive election. Healing is difficult while fresh wounds are being inflicted such as discriminatory state legislation.
So we are speaking out for our safety, dignity, and equal rights under the law.
Our struggle is not against your values, unless you value discrimination. LGBTQ Tennesseans are your neighbors, your family members, your health care providers, firefighters, grocery clerks, teachers, elected officials, and we fill many other roles vital to the life of small towns and large cities. Many of us grew up and continue to be active in the same faith communities as you.
In the long story of our community’s struggles, we have relied on our own strength to sustain us. We have also experienced the joy of working with countless allies. Now is a time for allies to speak out with us and we invite people of good will throughout the state to build a stronger, inclusive, welcoming Tennessee to meet our state’s common challenges together.
If you share these values and priorities, we invite you to add your name to this letter.
@ tweeted link to Murfreesboro Pride Sponsorships. 2016-07-27 11:24:01 -0500Become a sponsor of Murfreesboro Pride and purchase your booth space. https://tnep.nationbuilder.com/murfreesboro_pride_sponsorships_and_booth_payments?recruiter_id=50026$4,610.00 raisedGOAL: $4,000.00
Murfreesboro Pride takes place on August 27, 2016 on the square in Murfreesboro. Use this form to purchase sponsorships. We will contact you after you make your payment to confirm the name of your business or organization.
The following are the sponsorship levels with benefits. Note that benefits are cumulative.
1. Blue/$100--Name recognition on webisite
2. Purple/$250--One social media mention
3. Magenta/$500--Name recognition on website, one social media mention, organization/company name on Pride shirt
4. Red/$750--Name recognition on website, one social media mention, organization/company name on Pride shirt, mention from the Pride stage, video post or special article on the website
5. Orange/$1000--Name recognition on website, one social media mention, organization/company name on Pride shirt, mention from Pride stage, video post or special article on the website, Step and Repeat photo booth banner logo
6. Gold/$1500--Name recognition on website, one social media mention, organization/company name on Pride shirt, mention from Pride stage, video post or special article on the website, Step and Repeat photo booth banner logo, ability to speak from the Pride stageDonate
@ tweeted link to No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination!. 2016-05-18 08:56:34 -0500I oppose a special legislative session for discrimination. Will you join me? http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/no_special_legislative_session_for_bathroom_discrimination?recruiter_id=50026
On the evening of May 17, The Tennessean and The Commercial Appeal reported that legislators are considering a special legislative session to take up a new effort to pass a statewide anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law. Sign YOUR name to the statement below and we'll deliver your signatures to legislative leaders:1,074 signatures
Dear Speaker Ramsey and Speaker Harwell:
We oppose a special legislative session to consider an anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law. It is never justified to spend the state's time and money to advance discrimination. Thank you for considering our views.
@ tweeted link to Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 . 2016-04-23 14:30:54 -0500Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/defend_diversity_at_ut_knoxville_veto_sb1912_hlc1cj1qcsx5eev2wkvpda?recruiter_id=50026
The Legislature passed SB1912/HB2248 that removes funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Sign this petition that we will deliver to Governor Haslam asking him to veto the bill.2,097 signatures
Governor Haslam, we call on you to veto SB1912/HB2248 and protect the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office plays a vital role in making the university competitive for the best students, faculty, and staff and it makes campus life welcoming for all. Thank you for considering our views.
@ tweeted link to I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill. 2016-04-12 09:11:37 -0500I contacted Governor Haslam and urged him to #VetoHB1840. Will you? http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/i_asked_governor_haslam_to_veto_hb1840_the_counseling_discrimination_bill?recruiter_id=50026
Take a minute to contact Governor Bill Haslam by phone message or on Twitter and then let us know you did it using this form. Let's get to 500 or more!
I called or Tweeted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and urged him to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill. I'm asking you to do the same this week.Endorse
@ tweeted link to VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill. 2016-04-08 08:05:24 -0500Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/veto_hate_bill_1840_the_counseling_discrimination_bill?recruiter_id=50026
Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.4,242 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We urge you to veto HB1840, which allows counselors to turn away clients based on the counselor's biases and values. This bill puts the focus on the desires of counselors rather than on the needs of clients, damaging the counseling profession and putting clients at risk.
An anti-bullying amendment was stripped from the bill in the House Health Committee leaving youth vulnerable in areas where mental health services are not widely available.
Thank you for considering our views.
@ tweeted link to Volunteer with TEP. 2015-12-27 15:35:56 -0600I signed up to volunteer for Tennessee Equality Project. Join me! http://tnep.nationbuilder.com/volunteer?recruiter_id=50026