VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill


Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.

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.

Who's signing

Jennifer Martinez
Aaron Pettitt
Ann Lindwall
terry Childress
Geni Duran
Rebecca Trupe
Jason Blizzard
Michelle Smith
Trista Godbey
Mandy Aycock
Anna Spindler
Wilson Thomas
Jennifer Phelps
Samantha Lane
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jennifer Martinez
    signed 2016-04-17 21:26:22 -0500
  • Taylor Layman
    signed 2016-04-17 21:03:32 -0500
  • Aaron Pettitt
    signed 2016-04-17 19:57:46 -0500
  • Ann Lindwall
    signed via 2016-04-17 19:57:28 -0500
  • terry Childress
    signed via 2016-04-17 19:49:32 -0500
  • Elisabett Duran
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-17 19:22:20 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Geni Duran
    signed 2016-04-17 19:22:03 -0500
  • Mandy Lindwall
    signed 2016-04-17 19:02:40 -0500
  • Jacob Paul
    signed via 2016-04-17 18:32:28 -0500
  • Rebecca Trupe
    signed 2016-04-17 18:14:14 -0500
  • Benjamin Edner
    signed 2016-04-17 17:38:53 -0500
  • Jason Blizzard
    signed 2016-04-17 17:33:13 -0500
  • Heather Smith
    signed 2016-04-17 17:20:57 -0500
  • Michelle Smith
    signed 2016-04-17 17:03:15 -0500
  • Julie Gardner
    signed via 2016-04-17 16:25:56 -0500
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  • Trista Godbey
    signed 2016-04-17 16:11:55 -0500
  • Mandy Aycock
    signed via 2016-04-17 13:51:47 -0500
  • Kathryn Koehler
    signed via 2016-04-17 08:47:00 -0500
    This is a ridiculous partisan bill that need never see the light of day. That said, any counselor or therapist who would turn someone away based on these things wouldn’t be someone whose judgement I would trust to begin with. Live and let live.
  • Anna Spindler
    signed via 2016-04-16 23:48:50 -0500
  • Michael Mahler
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-16 23:16:17 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Michael Mahler
    signed 2016-04-16 23:15:48 -0500
    Any anti-LGBT legislation should be vetoed, not just HB1840. No anti-LGBT legislation will ever pass Constitutional Law, therefore not only are you wasting the precious tax dollars of your citizens, but you will lose valued tax dollars from lost tourism, lost conventions, lost concerts and lost corporate expansions as has been the case of every single other state that has tried to fight progress. We were planning a trip to Nashville in June and will cancel if this passes. That might night mean a lot by itself, but magnify that by the thousands of other LGBT members that will do likewise. Be on the correct side of history and veto this ridiculous bill and the other similar ones that will surely follow.


    Michael Mahler

    Crystal City, Missouri
  • Wilson Thomas
    signed 2016-04-16 21:57:54 -0500
    Governor Haslam,

    Aside from the difficulty in enforcing this proposed lay, it really does nothing to address a problem or fear. Generally speaking, public restrooms for both males and females include stalls with toilets one sits on or stands in front of (very similar to virtually every home in America). These stalls allow for the necessary privacy we all expect. As such the arguments in favor of this bill are mootl.
  • Jett Whitmer
    signed via 2016-04-16 21:35:41 -0500
  • Traci Roark
    signed 2016-04-16 20:49:59 -0500
  • Betty Likis
    signed 2016-04-16 20:41:38 -0500
    Betty Likis
  • Emily Osborn
    signed via 2016-04-16 19:55:49 -0500
  • Kristen Hobbs
    signed via 2016-04-16 18:01:49 -0500
  • Jennifer Phelps
    signed via 2016-04-16 16:26:30 -0500
  • Samantha Lane
    signed 2016-04-16 15:53:46 -0500
  • Jennifer McCord
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-16 15:21:13 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill

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