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

1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Precious Jones
    signed 2019-03-28 19:00:23 -0500
  • John Cobey
    signed 2019-03-28 16:31:53 -0500
  • James Perlow
    signed 2019-03-28 15:36:32 -0500
  • Wayne Lawrence
    signed 2019-03-28 08:22:24 -0500
  • S. M. Johnson-Atchley
    signed 2019-03-27 21:07:50 -0500
  • William Poppen
    signed 2019-03-27 17:49:14 -0500
  • Sara Hughes
    signed 2019-03-27 14:16:00 -0500
  • Billy Kurtz
    signed 2019-03-26 23:36:46 -0500
    I am a pastor of 2 churches and most of my congregants oppose these bills, (including many conservative members). I do not support the bills nor their apparent intent.
  • Justin Miller
    signed 2019-03-25 12:09:55 -0500
    Justin Miller
  • Juanita Charles
    signed 2019-03-25 10:46:06 -0500
    With all of the things that we could be doing to help the people of TN, it is unconscionable that some legislators choose to spend their time trying to harm our fellow Tennesseans.
  • James Sullivan
    signed 2019-03-25 10:21:55 -0500
  • James Miller
    signed 2019-03-24 09:29:16 -0500
  • Sue Miller
    signed 2019-03-24 09:23:10 -0500
  • The Rev. Michael McLaughlin
    signed 2019-03-23 20:35:09 -0500
  • Gordon Harless
    signed 2019-03-22 14:48:08 -0500
  • johnny hill
    signed 2019-03-21 10:05:19 -0500
  • Mary Walton
    signed 2019-03-21 06:45:53 -0500
    Mary Walton
  • Kelly Holiday
    signed 2019-03-20 09:02:08 -0500
  • Cam Marshall
    signed 2019-03-19 16:27:59 -0500
  • Rev. Dr. Elane O'Rourke
    signed 2019-03-19 13:57:11 -0500

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