Michael Leslie signed Urge Gov. Haslam to protect LGBTQ state government employees via Chris Sanders 2019-02-13 02:13:49 -0600Would you want to be fired for something that had nothing to do with your job performance?
Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed an executive order barring discrimination against state government employees on the basis of gender identity. Discrimination based on sexual orientation was already banned.
Outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam could do the same for our state government employees. Sign the petition and urge him to protect LGBTQ state government employees by executive order. If we get 1000+ signatures, we will deliver them to the Governor's office.646 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We urge you to sign an executive order protecting Tennessee state government employees from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the same protections that Ohio state government employees enjoy thanks to the recent executive order signed by outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Employees of our public colleges and universities already enjoy these projections as do the public employees in Metro Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knox County. Everyone deserves the opportunity to work without the fear of discrimination.
Thank you for considering our views.
Michael Leslie posted about LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans on Facebook 2016-12-20 09:51:29 -0600We invite people of good will throughout the state to build a stronger, inclusive, welcoming Tennessee.665 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.
Michael Leslie signed No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! 2016-05-21 11:04:35 -0500Michael Leslie
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:1,073 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.
Michael Leslie signed Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 2016-04-17 20:20:10 -0500Transgender citizens are NOT second class citizens. Don’t target them — treat all citizens equally!
Sign this NEW petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to keep listening to the voices opposed to the anti-transgender student bathroom bill!1,534 signatures
Governor Haslam, please continue to oppose HB2414 and listen to the voices of transgender students and the business community speaking out against the bill. Thank you for considering our views.
Michael Leslie posted about VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-06 11:21:00 -0500Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill.
Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.4,241 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.
Michael Leslie commented on Tennessee clergy oppose HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill 2016-04-03 15:43:08 -0500I have a degree in psychology from a church sponsored college in Tennessee and I see no need for HB1840. Counselors are trained to deal with differences and to rise above their own prejudices. There is no need for legislators to interfere with the counselor’s professional code of ethics which states counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It’s hard enough for people to get help in Tennessee where many areas are without mental health coverage. As a former youth minister, in crisis situations it is critical to provide help when it is sought. A suicidal teen turned away because of their religious affiliation may not have time to seek out another counselor. HB1840 is discriminatory, divisive and represents an unnecessary and dangerous government overreach.
Michael Leslie posted about Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414 on Facebook 2016-03-21 10:42:38 -0500Sign the petition: Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414
Please, join us in encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to fight against this attack on transgender students.985 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We call on you to do everything in your power to lobby against passage of SB2387/HB2414, the anti-transgender student bathroom bill. We also ask that you VETO the bill if it reaches your desk.
The bill endangers vulnerable students and it risks significant U.S. Department of Education funds to Tennessee. If this bill became law, the enforcement would be a nightmare for school districts across the state.
Show the world that Tennessee is a welcoming state. Thank you for considering our views.
Michael Leslie posted about Marriage PLUS Pledge on Facebook 2015-06-07 20:20:43 -0500I pledge to continue to work for full legal and lived equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Tennessee after we achieve marriage equality.
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legal and lived equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
people in Tennessee after we achieve marriage equality.
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accommodations discrimination, housing discrimination, safe
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domestic violence, senior care, HIV/AIDS, hate crimes, documents for
transgender people, and other issues.