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  • TEP Gumbo Contest 2018 presented by Hilton Memphis

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    The 8th Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest presented by Hilton Memphis will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018. 

    TEP's annual Mardi Gras celebration brings together teams from the Western, Middle and Eastern United States to compete for the best gumbo in Memphis. Gumbo contestants will be awarded prizes by an appointed panel of judges and by individual tasters like you in the People's Choice competition. Official judges shall also vote for the Best Vegetarian Gumbo. TEP is grateful for the generous support of its presenting sponsor for 2018: Hilton Memphis! 

    Live music from Lisa. B. and Zigadoo Moneyclips!


    SPONSORSHIPS:


    Who is sponsoring the contest? Scroll down! The contest is no longer accepting sponsorships.

    TICKET DESCRIPTIONS:

    Online ticket sales at http://tepgumbo2018.bpt.me/ available through midnight on 1/14/2018. After this date, all tickets must be purchased at the door.


    Gumbo Team Registration is $25 (3 tickets for $8.33 for your team). Purchaser will be required to submit team information and agree to contest rules. Teams may purchase registration for only one gumbo. Duplicate or additional team registrations are non-refundable and will be considered a donation to TEP. 

    Gumbo Contest Team Registration Steps:
    1. Review the rules available at http://bit.ly/gumbo2018rules
    2. Complete registration payment on this page: http://tepgumbo2018.bpt.me
    3. Submit gumbo team information at http://bit.ly/GumboTeamEntryForm2018

    General Admission (21 & over) $25 - Includes gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, live music, general seating, and beer voucher.

    General Admission (under 21) $15 - Includes gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, general seating, and live music.

    VIP TABLE $300.00 (8 @ $37.50 each) - Includes 8 gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, live music, reserved seating for 8, complimentary King Cake and 8 beer vouchers. Purchasers will compete for best decorated table at the contest. Arrive by 3:30 PM before the event to decorate your table. VIP tickets available until supplies last Purchasers will compete for best decorated table at the contest. Arrive between 3 and 3:30 PM before the event to decorate your table. VIP tickets available until supplies last. 

    ATTENTION ALL TICKET HOLDERS: The small stub of your ticket is the ballot to vote for your favorite gumbo in the People's Choice Competition. Save your stub to place in the ballot bag of your favorite gumbo team by 6 PM on the day of the event. 

    Beverage Service: Each gumbo contest ticket for those 21 and older includes one voucher for beer from local breweries (more vouchers can be purchased for $5 with cash or credit/debit card from TEP). Hilton will also provide a full bar with wine, cocktails, other beer and soft drinks (cash only). Valid ID required for the service of any alcoholic beverages.

    TEP is grateful to Hilton Memphis and our other sponsors for this event:

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    🔥FLAMING SPONSORS🔥

    Mid South Homebuyers

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    Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region

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    HOT SPONSORS 

    Helen Akin

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    Baker Donelson

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    First Tennessee

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    Anne Gullick 

    Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Memphis

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    Dr. Shawn Hayden

    Susan MacKenzie, Attorney at Law and Mediator

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    PSAV

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    Ray Rico Freelance

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    RentMemphis, LLC

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    Utopia Animal Hospital

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    MEDIUM SPONSORS 

    Julie Byrd Ashworth, Attorney at Law

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    High Cotton Brewing Company

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    Memphis Made Brewing Company

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     MILD SPONSORS

    Carol and Dell Livingston

    CHOICES 

     

     

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    Jennifer Valli, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, psychotherapist and specialist in sexual health, Instructor at UTHSC

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    WHEN
    January 21, 2018 at 4:30pm
    WHERE
    Hilton Memphis
    939 Ridge Lake Blvd
    Memphis, TN 38120
    United States
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  • posted about VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill on Facebook 2017-03-02 08:16:26 -0600
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill

    VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill

     

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

    4,239 signatures

    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.

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  • posted about The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality on Facebook 2017-03-02 08:14:09 -0600
    I'm endorsing Tennessee Equality Project. Please join me!

    The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality

    Sign on as a co-sponsor of the People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality.

    WHEREAS, Rep.  Susan Lynn has introduced a resolution urging the members of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to express their disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges; and

    WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution affirms "That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together, for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by address or remonstrance;" and

    WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee ought to be focused on the legal equality of all its people rather than attacking the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and

    WHEREAS, "the equal protection of the laws" is a cherished principle in American jurisprudence; now, therefore,

    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that we oppose House Joint Resolution 529 and urge the members of the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to uphold the entire Constitution of the United States, including the Fourteenth Amendment, and cease their legislative attacks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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  • posted about LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans on Facebook 2016-12-22 11:44:09 -0600
    Sign the petition: LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans

    LGBTQ open letter to our fellow Tennesseans

    663 signatures

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    An open letter from Tennessee's LGBTQ community to our fellow Tennesseans

     

    As members of the LGBTQ community, we write to our fellow Tennesseans a month after the election and a month before the upcoming state legislative session.

     

    In recent weeks members of our community have experienced grave assaults on our safety and dignity.  A gay, gender nonconforming man was murdered.  A transgender woman’s car was burned. The signs and doors of a church that affirms our community have been vandalized.  A gay couple received a package with a knife sticking out and a message attached urging them to leave the state. 

     

    These attacks upon individuals and institutions have put our lives and safety at even greater risk than usual.  They contravene the welcoming traditions of hospitality for which Tennessee is known.  

     

    The time we have entered is critical.  Many are calling for healing in the wake of a divisive election. Healing is difficult while fresh wounds are being inflicted such as discriminatory state legislation.

     

    So we are speaking out for our safety, dignity, and equal rights under the law.

     

    Our struggle is not against your values, unless you value discrimination.  LGBTQ Tennesseans are your neighbors, your family members, your health care providers, firefighters, grocery clerks, teachers, elected officials, and we fill many other roles vital to the life of small towns and large cities.  Many of us grew up and continue to be active in the same faith communities as you.  

     

    In the long story of our community’s struggles, we have relied on our own strength to sustain us.  We have also experienced the joy of  working with countless allies.  Now is a time for allies to speak out with us and we  invite people of good will throughout the state to build a stronger, inclusive, welcoming Tennessee to meet our state’s common challenges together.

    If you share these values and priorities, we invite you to add your name to this letter.

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  • signed No Discrimination in Federal Contracts! 2016-05-20 08:53:35 -0500

    No Discrimination in Federal Contracts!

    In late April the U.S. House Armed Services Committee voted to undo President Obama's non-discrimination executive orders for federal contracts via the Russell amendment.  This amendment is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. 

    Removal of the President's executive orders on non-discrimination would be a disaster for LGBT people in states like Tennessee that lack employment protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity. 

    Please, sign this petition to Tennessee's two U.S. Senators and nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives and we will make sure copies are sent to their offices.

    554 signatures

    Dear Senators Alexander and Corker and Representatives Roe, Duncan, Fleischmann, Desjarlais, Cooper, Black, Blackburn, Fincher, and Cohen:

    We oppose the Russell amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and similar efforts to reverse President Obama's executive orders on employment non-discrimination for federal contractors.  Protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is important to Tennesseans.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • posted about No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination! on Facebook 2016-05-18 16:45:18 -0500
    I oppose a special legislative session for discrimination. Will you join me?

    No special legislative session for bathroom discrimination!

    On the evening of May 17, The Tennessean and The Commercial Appeal reported that legislators are considering a special legislative session to take up a new effort to pass a statewide anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law.  Sign YOUR name to the statement below and we'll deliver your signatures to legislative leaders:

    1,074 signatures

    Dear Speaker Ramsey and Speaker Harwell:

    We oppose a special legislative session to consider an anti-transgender bathroom discrimination law.  It is never justified to spend the state's time and money to advance discrimination.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • signed Tennessee Loves Target 2016-05-03 07:47:30 -0500

    Tennessee Loves Target

    ellyahnnaTarget.jpgTarget's trans-inclusive policies are under attack in Tennessee.  A Mt Juliet pastor's rant went viral and this week at a Hendersonville Target, protesters shouted religious wrath at employees and customers.  But we know that Tennessee loves Target and it's time to show it!

    As former TEP Board member Ellyahnna Hall (pictured) notes:  

    "I support Target for trying to provide a safe space for all people. I'm a trans woman and I've faced the dangers of not having access to restrooms that corespond to my gender identity. If opponents are really concerned with safety then let's focus on tougher rape laws and enforcing those, not creating a fake danger that doesn't exist."

    Sign the petition statement and show Target some love.  We'll deliver hard copies of the petition to select Target locations in Tennessee.


                                

    1,049 signatures

    Tennessee loves Target.  I support the company's transgender-inclusive policies and I will continue to shop at their stores.                                               

     

     

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  • posted about Stop using religion to discriminate in Tennessee on Facebook 2016-04-26 07:20:40 -0500
    I'm tired of religion being used to discriminate in Tennessee. Aren't you?

    Stop using religion to discriminate in Tennessee

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    On April 18, 2016 about 30 pastors shamefully stood in Legislative Plaza and spoke in favor of the anti-transgender student bathroom bill.  And religion was used to advance the counseling discrimination bill.  Many more clergy across Tennessee publicly opposed both bills.

    Whether you're religious or not, aren't you tired of religion being used to support discrimination in our laws?  If so, endorse this statement:

    We oppose the use of religion to justify discrimination in Tennessee law.  To use religion to divide us in our public life violates the spirit of the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions, does harm to the people of Tennessee, and brings scandal to religion.

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  • posted about I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-23 13:20:29 -0500
    I contacted Governor Haslam and urged him to #VetoHB1840. Will you?

    I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill

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    Take a minute to contact Governor Bill Haslam by phone message or on Twitter and then let us know you did it using this form.  Let's get to 500 or more!

    I called or Tweeted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and urged him to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill.  I'm asking you to do the same this week.

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