If you want a lesson in power, just look at how the Legislature beat the University of Tennessee-Knoxville without even being in session. UT-K is removing its suggested practices concerning gender-neutral pronouns (which were never a policy) from its website after legislative pressure. And as we've said many times, the Legislature is going to look at unnecessary bills to try to allow businesses, clergy, and county clerks to opt out of serving the LGBT community. The Knoxville News Sentinel's Tom Humphrey nails the power/ideology issue with his discussion of the real political correctness in Tennessee.
Loud, but not as big as they think: The loudest element in our socially conservative state is demanding that any advance for LGBT equality be met with resistance and reversal, if possible.
But despite the fact the state is socially conservative, we don't believe it's the policy focus for the majority of our fellow citizens. So we're going to resist. We're going to undertake an unprecedented effort to identify fairness-leaning voters in key conservative districts and secondarily to persuade some. This is not about candidates. It's about changing the number of people supporting our issues in places no one expects and it's about changing the perception of those issues.
POWER Teams: POWER Team training sessions, as promised, begin in September around the state this month. You'll get a discussion of the plan and some training on how you can help execute it. Please, join us for one of these sessions. If you don't see yours listed yet, sign up at the volunteer form here for the city nearest you and we'll schedule a city near you soon!
As always you can support our legislative efforts to fight back at the link.