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

Dustan Roberts
Lanie Kappel
MaKenzie Carter
Maribel Gonzalez
Caitlyn Jablonowski
Reem Namouz
Kathryn Boulware
Christopher Wilson
Daniel Joeres
Natalie Wirth
Elizabeth Errico
Meghan Sadler
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Dustan Roberts
    signed 2019-04-10 18:04:58 -0500
  • Zachary Steinhauser
    signed 2019-04-10 18:02:38 -0500
  • Lanie Kappel
    signed 2019-04-10 17:49:32 -0500
  • Shyanna Chapman
    signed 2019-04-10 17:37:36 -0500
  • Maggie Kite
    signed 2019-04-10 17:30:57 -0500
  • Angela Willis
    signed 2019-04-10 17:25:06 -0500
    My wife and I will always be strong allies against hate and ignorance towards equality. Love is love and it’s nobody else’s place to tell us who we can love, where we can work or where we can frequent in the world.
  • MaKenzie Carter
    signed 2019-04-10 16:51:44 -0500
    Love what you guys are doing and keep it up. I hope that when I get older and wish to adopt, I won’t have any problems due to being bi and having a partner of my choice. I don’t understand the hate people give and why anyone would wish harm on people and their love lives, it is bizare to me. I heard about you guys from Taylor Swift’s donations 🙂
  • Jaclyn Willis
    signed 2019-04-10 16:46:30 -0500
    Let’s fight this ignorance and hate with love and prosperity against all who condemn us!!
  • Kassondra Patterson-Smithmier
    signed 2019-04-10 15:10:55 -0500
  • Maribel Gonzalez
    signed 2019-04-10 15:05:45 -0500
  • Aman Ali
    signed 2019-04-10 14:49:37 -0500
  • Caitlyn Jablonowski
    signed 2019-04-10 14:20:14 -0500
  • Reem Namouz
    signed 2019-04-10 13:52:24 -0500
  • Kathryn Boulware
    signed 2019-04-10 13:07:26 -0500
  • Christopher Wilson
    signed 2019-04-10 12:55:27 -0500
  • Lily Primus
    signed 2019-04-10 12:12:13 -0500
  • Hannah Polk
    signed 2019-04-10 11:30:23 -0500
  • Daniel Joeres
    signed via 2019-04-10 11:10:25 -0500
  • Cassie Pritchard
    @Pritchard_08 tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-10 11:07:33 -0500
    Sign the petition: The People's Petition Against the Slate of Hate
  • Cassie Pritchard
    signed 2019-04-10 11:07:00 -0500
    We’re born with love, but we’re taught hate.

    Love Is Love, Equal Rights For All.
  • Alex Reents
    signed 2019-04-10 10:50:55 -0500
  • sam barnes
    signed 2019-04-10 10:04:34 -0500
  • Natalie Wirth
    signed 2019-04-10 10:03:49 -0500
  • Diana Caraballo
    signed 2019-04-10 09:55:00 -0500
  • Sahana Rukmangathan
    signed 2019-04-10 09:54:54 -0500
  • Elizabeth Errico
    signed 2019-04-10 09:06:04 -0500
  • Debora Coffman
    signed 2019-04-10 09:04:56 -0500
  • Carrisma Jackson
    signed 2019-04-10 08:23:12 -0500
  • Meghan Sadler
    signed 2019-04-10 07:31:50 -0500
    By allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ+ members seeking to adopt, you are depriving children of the loving homes that they desperately need. If serving all constituents is not something you prioritize, at least reconsider for the sake of the children whose lives you are potentially harming.
  • Kati Bryan
    signed 2019-04-10 07:12:26 -0500
    I stand to fight for our right to love who we want to love

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