LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans



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.

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  • Terry Morgan
    signed 2016-12-19 08:14:57 -0600
  • Cindy Khoury
    signed 2016-12-19 08:13:56 -0600
  • Chris Buice
    signed 2016-12-19 07:55:56 -0600
  • Ellen Taylor
    signed via 2016-12-19 07:39:26 -0600
    As the mother of a gay son, I support legislation that affirms the rights of our LGBT family and friends, and reject efforts to discriminate against them.
  • Michael Exum
    signed 2016-12-19 07:16:50 -0600
  • Allison Davis
    signed 2016-12-19 07:00:51 -0600
    Allison Davis
  • Jan Randles
    signed 2016-12-19 06:11:54 -0600
  • Daphne Redd
    signed 2016-12-19 05:08:32 -0600
  • Bonnie Brown
    signed 2016-12-19 04:09:51 -0600
  • Mary Dunn
    signed 2016-12-18 23:34:18 -0600
  • adam davenport
    signed 2016-12-18 23:06:27 -0600
  • Janet Knight
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-18 23:03:46 -0600
    Joining for my daughter
  • Sylvia Jones
    signed via 2016-12-18 22:55:14 -0600
  • Susan Veale
    signed via 2016-12-18 22:54:17 -0600
    We are all created equally.
  • Tracy Jepson
    signed via 2016-12-18 22:47:55 -0600
  • Tracey Adams
    signed via 2016-12-18 22:20:51 -0600
  • Tony Webb
    signed 2016-12-18 21:32:55 -0600
  • Alicia Fuss
    signed 2016-12-18 21:23:41 -0600
    Ally standing with you.
  • Archie Craven
    signed 2016-12-18 21:18:16 -0600
  • Heather Pagles-Sebesta
    signed 2016-12-18 21:02:13 -0600
  • Mindy Gober
    signed via 2016-12-18 20:51:12 -0600
  • Marcie Ramirez
    signed via 2016-12-18 20:44:48 -0600
  • Ellen Markman
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    Ellen Markman
  • Brenna Aimee Hopper
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  • Brenna Aimee Hopper
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  • Brenna Hopper
    signed 2016-12-18 20:30:07 -0600
  • Tom Neilson
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  • Mary Todd
    signed via 2016-12-18 20:14:43 -0600
  • Patricia Brinkley
    signed via 2016-12-18 20:12:47 -0600
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