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.

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  • Jane Walsh
    signed 2016-12-17 12:48:33 -0600
  • Eric Gottlieb
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  • Telisha Cobb
    signed 2016-12-17 12:17:55 -0600
  • Nichol Albertson
    signed 2016-12-17 12:14:56 -0600
  • Lisa Fry
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  • Louise Campbell
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  • Ashlee Headrick
    signed 2016-12-17 12:10:32 -0600
  • Gary Mc Ardle
    signed 2016-12-17 11:44:06 -0600
    Enough of the hate,ugly, anger, we need unity
  • Betty Taylor
    signed 2016-12-17 11:42:53 -0600
    Betty Taylor
  • Jason Brown
    signed 2016-12-17 11:30:08 -0600
  • Dee Clancy
    signed 2016-12-17 11:23:56 -0600
    Standing with my family, both by blood and by heart, and with all TN residents that believe that discrimination weakens our state.
  • Haley Hartsook
    signed 2016-12-17 11:23:36 -0600
  • Douglas Huff
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  • Heather Carroll
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  • Jessica Gilly
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  • Ernest Tubbs
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  • Jen Sheridan
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