With a marriage decision likely coming from the Supreme Court in June, it will be a turning point for our community. What happens after marriage equality? How do we reach areas of the state like rural areas we haven't been reaching. After all, the needs of rural LGBT people need to be addressed.
The Summer of Love Tour will launch in June to help meet these needs.
The tour will have two legs--the I-24 leg covering Clarksville to Chattanooga and the I-40/I-81 leg covering Memphis to the Tri-Cities. Our focus will be on smaller towns that we don't usually reach.
We hope to (a) connect LGBT people and allies to one another, (b) connect people in smaller towns to the wider movement for equality in the state, (c) bring much needed programming like Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE, SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee, and Equality Means Business to every part of the state to increase the safety and power of our community.
The average cost per stop is about $200. We hope to fund the tour during the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's The Big Payback event on May 5 and Give OUT Day on May 21. We hope to raise a total of $6000 for the tour during these two giving events.
If you or your company would like to be a sponsor of the Summer of Love Tour, contact us at [email protected] .
If you live in a small town in Tennessee and want to help host the event (no donation required) in your town, you can also contract us at [email protected] . Include the name of your city in your email.