LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans

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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.

Who's signing

Sherry Franco
Aaron Voegele
Michael Marren
Carol Berning
Sheryl Standley
Bess Connally
Beth Gandy
Crystal Mills
Caroline Mills
LeRoy Broughton
664 SIGNATURES
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sherry Franco
    signed via 2016-12-18 05:55:23 -0600
  • Jo Kennedy
    signed 2016-12-18 05:34:19 -0600
  • Aaron Voegele
    signed 2016-12-18 05:32:44 -0600
  • Daniel Weaver
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-18 04:37:12 -0600
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  • Daniel Weaver
    signed 2016-12-18 04:33:25 -0600
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  • Samantha Boucher
    signed 2016-12-18 03:39:31 -0600
  • Michael Marren
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-18 02:38:48 -0600
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  • Michael Marren
    signed 2016-12-18 02:38:21 -0600
  • Carol Berning
    signed via 2016-12-18 02:30:57 -0600
  • Debi Heuerman
    signed via 2016-12-18 01:54:59 -0600
  • Sheryl Standley
    signed 2016-12-18 01:37:14 -0600
  • Sheryl Standley
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-18 01:36:02 -0600
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  • Kenneth Kitchen
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-18 01:16:23 -0600
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  • Kenneth Kitchen
    signed via 2016-12-18 01:16:03 -0600
    SHARE THE SAME RIGHTS TO ALL
  • Bess Connally
    signed 2016-12-18 01:12:45 -0600
  • Christopher Smith
    signed 2016-12-18 00:16:31 -0600
  • Beth Gandy
    signed via 2016-12-17 23:40:42 -0600
  • Dick Williams
    signed 2016-12-17 23:33:47 -0600
  • John Thomas
    signed 2016-12-17 23:12:29 -0600
  • Crystal Mills
    signed via 2016-12-17 23:08:18 -0600
  • Mike Hearington
    signed 2016-12-17 23:04:56 -0600
  • Caroline Latsha
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-17 22:52:17 -0600
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  • Caroline Mills
    signed 2016-12-17 22:52:02 -0600
  • LeRoy Broughton
    signed via 2016-12-17 22:47:55 -0600
  • Mark Brown
    signed 2016-12-17 22:47:31 -0600
  • Mark Mohundro
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-17 22:40:20 -0600
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  • Sara Mitchell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-17 22:39:58 -0600
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  • Mark Mohundro
    signed 2016-12-17 22:39:57 -0600
  • Sara Mitchell
    signed 2016-12-17 22:39:33 -0600
  • Gary Steadman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-17 22:36:49 -0600
    Shouldn't even be a thing. Really shouldn't. I signed, will you?

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