The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate

The people of Tennessee are speaking out against bills that result in discrimination against LGBTQ people in our state.  Here is our statement with a summary of the bills.

"As residents of Tennessee, we oppose these bills in the Tennessee General Assembly. They promote discrimination rather than justice and demean the worth of LGBTQ people in our state.  We call on people of good will to join us in speaking out for basic fairness."

The bills are:

SB848/HB1152 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Ragan and SB1304/HB836 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Rudd.   These bills promote state-sanctioned discrimination by private adoption agencies against prospective parents on the basis of religious and moral objection.

SB364/HB563 by Sen. Gardenhire and Rep. Zachary.  The Business License to Discriminate bill.  The bill casts businesses rather than the LGBTQ community as possible victims of discrimination and opens the door to taxpayer funded discrimination.

SB1297/HB1151 by Sen. Pody and Rep. Ragan.  While the bill seems to be about indecent exposure, its original text is a devious attempt to criminalize transgender and gender nonconforming people in restrooms and locker rooms.  The bill has been amended in a House subcommittee to remove the portions targeting the transgender community.  We want to make sure the amendment remains on the bill.

SB1499/HB1274 by Sen. Hensley and Rep. Holt. This bill requires the Attorney General to defend school districts that engage in anti-transgender bathroom discrimination.  

SB1282/HB1369 by Sen. Pody and Rep. J. Sexton.  The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act is an attack on marriage equality.

Who's signing

Kirsten Trentham
Laura Harpool
Alexis Maher
Jeffrey Gu
Sydne Scivally
Derek Cail
Andrea Anderson Doyle
John Zupancic
Andrew Rahm
Ashley Morgan
Maribell Lainez-Lozada
Nicholas Hill
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kirsten Trentham
    signed 2019-04-04 18:29:46 -0500
  • terri deLong
    signed 2019-04-04 18:26:37 -0500
  • Jennifer DeLong
    signed 2019-04-04 18:23:23 -0500
    Equality for all!!!
  • Ashley Adkins Irons
    signed 2019-04-04 16:11:22 -0500
    I support my LGBTQ+ community & will not stand for these bills. They are a shallow attempt to further discriminate against the queer community in a state which often chooses to stand silently by when people are subject to hate & bigotry.
  • Nicholas Magee
    signed 2019-04-04 15:09:44 -0500
    Nicholas Magee
  • Laura Harpool
    signed 2019-04-04 14:27:07 -0500
  • Alexis Maher
    signed 2019-04-04 11:33:52 -0500
  • Jeffrey Gu
    signed 2019-04-04 11:32:28 -0500
  • Sydne Scivally
    signed 2019-04-04 11:27:12 -0500
  • Derek Cail
    signed 2019-04-04 11:23:34 -0500
  • Andrea Anderson Doyle
    signed 2019-04-04 11:22:38 -0500
    As has been demonstrated elsewhere bills of this nature will only hurt the economy of Tennessee anyone who is fiscally responsible or wishes to cause the least harm to citizens will oppose these bills out of hand.
  • John Zupancic
    signed 2019-04-04 11:21:03 -0500
  • Andrew Rahm
    signed 2019-04-04 11:18:06 -0500
  • Ashley Morgan
    signed 2019-04-04 11:11:44 -0500
  • Nelson Jones
    signed 2019-04-04 11:08:07 -0500
  • Maribell Lainez-Lozada
    signed 2019-04-04 11:07:48 -0500
  • Nicholas Hill
    signed 2019-04-04 11:04:09 -0500
  • jaime venters
    signed 2019-04-04 11:03:10 -0500
    I am transgender and I just want to be able to use the bathroom without harassment or violence. is that really so difficult?
  • Calvina Morgan
    signed 2019-04-04 11:01:16 -0500
  • Eric Emling
    signed 2019-04-04 10:58:22 -0500
  • Hannah Thrift
    signed 2019-04-03 15:18:19 -0500
    Is it really better for children to stay in the system then to be adopted by a gay couple? There are more kids in the foster system than there are heterosexual couples who are willing to adopt.
  • Oliver Flowers
    signed 2019-04-02 18:30:38 -0500
  • Jennifer Schilling
    signed 2019-04-02 13:00:15 -0500
  • Jessica Causey
    signed 2019-04-02 10:39:20 -0500
    Jessica Causey
  • Katie Balazs
    signed 2019-03-31 16:55:45 -0500
    I am in utter shock that I’m having to sign a petition against taxpayer funded hate sponsored by those elected to represent us. This is shameful. These bills are a waste of time, resources and funds. Children are starving. Our infrastructure is crumbling, but y’all are writing bills that limit the rights of your fellow Americans simply because they don’t live as you do. Have y’all forgotten why we fled England? It was so that we could be free to worship and live as we chose! Stop this hate! Stop wasting time, energy and tax payer dollars writing this crap!!! Grow up!
  • Cindy Caldwell
    signed 2019-03-31 16:13:58 -0500
  • Donna Hicks
    signed 2019-03-30 06:06:29 -0500
  • Jim Frieman
    signed 2019-03-29 19:59:28 -0500
    Dr. James Frieman:

    I am deeply dismayed at the bills being considered by the Tennessee Legislature that are aimed at infringing on the rights of transgendered Tennesseeans and visitors, endangering their safety and encouraging a climate of hate and intolerance. My older brother Robert, who passed away several years ago, was a proud graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) and would have been sickened and angered by these developments. As a Christian and a professional in the healthcare industry who is concerned with the health, welfare and happiness of all people, cisgender and transgender, I urge the Legislature to reject small-mindedness, intolerance, transphobia and hatred and affirm the true Southern spirit of intellectual honesty, gentility, kindness and courage.
  • Phil+
    @philcobizzle tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-29 08:20:07 -0500
    Sign the petition: The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate
  • Phil Cobucci
    signed 2019-03-29 08:19:54 -0500

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