A foster care and adoption license to discriminate measure was recently put into a health and human services funding bill in the House Appropriations Committee.
The “Aderholt Amendment” allows foster care and adoption service providers across the country to discriminate against children and prospective parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status.
We need your help to tell Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker: NO ADOPTION DISCRIMINATION in the 2019 Appropriations bill! We will deliver hard copies to their offices.1,047 signatures
Dear Senators Alexander and Corker:
We urge you to act to oppose the Aderholt amendment allowing discrimination in foster care and adoption services in the FY19 House Labor-HHS appropriations bill and ensure that the measure is NOT included in any Senate or final appropriations bill.
It would allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption service providers to discriminate against children in care and against prospective parents, based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status.
The measure breaks the cardinal rule of child welfare services: to act in the best interest of the child. This amendment would actually HARM CHILDREN.
This amendment would greatly harm the 440,000 children in foster care, particularly the 117,000 who are waiting to be adopted into loving, forever homes. There is a crisis in foster care due to the huge shortage of available families for children. Each year, over half the children waiting to be adopted do not find a loving home, and most devastatingly, over 17,000 foster youth age out of care without a forever family. Those youth are at greater risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, homelessness, unemployment, and being trafficked.
Speak out against this poison pill amendment,; let your leadership know you will not support a funding bill with the measure included, and vote against any appropriations measure that includes such discriminatory provisions. Thank you for considering our views.
Jonathan Cole signed Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed via Harry Ledbetter 2018-06-28 21:56:08 -0500
Urge Senators Alexander and Corker to speak up for LGBTQ people when the next Supreme Court justice is appointed
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring so the President will name a successor who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Sign to urge Senator Alexander and Senator Corker to speak up for the LGBTQ community during the confirmation process. TEP will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to their offices.1,069 signatures
Senator Alexander and Senator Corker:
When the President announces his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, we urge you to speak up for the rights of LGBTQ people. It is vitally important that members of the Supreme Court support the principle of "equal protection" and that Justice Kennedy's successor uphold the existing rights of LGBTQ people and oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people. We respectfully ask you to raise these concerns publicly and not to vote for any nominee who supports discrimination.
Jonathan Cole posted about Give OUT Days in Tennessee on Facebook 2016-05-19 17:56:18 -0500Give OUT Days are here. Invest in equality in Tennessee!$880.00 raisedGOAL: $3,000.00
The TEP Foundation is celebrating Give OUT Days NOW through 11:00 p.m. Central Time on May 20. Make YOUR tax deductible investment in our programs that advance equality and inclusion and fight discrimination. We are grateful for your support.Donate
Target'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.
Tennessee loves Target. I support the company's transgender-inclusive policies and I will continue to shop at their stores.
Jonathan Cole endorsed 2016-04-27 16:07:18 -0500
Tennessee HB1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill, highlights the need for counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to speak out for inclusive practices. We urge any practitioner to endorse the statement below. Those who endorse will be listed on our website and receive a Tennessee Open For Business window cling for display in their offices. If you would like to support programs like this, make your tax deductible contribution at this link.
As counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers serving clients in Tennessee, we affirm that we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity and we will not use our own sincerely held principles as a reason to turn clients away.Endorse
Jonathan Cole posted about I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-27 11:13:11 -0500It's your turn. I contacted Governor Haslam and urged him to #VetoHB1840. Will you?
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.Endorse
Jonathan Cole posted about Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 on Facebook 2016-04-25 14:01:11 -0500YOUR TURN! Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912
The Legislature passed SB1912/HB2248 that removes funding from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Sign this petition that we will deliver to Governor Haslam asking him to veto the bill.2,096 signatures
Governor Haslam, we call on you to veto SB1912/HB2248 and protect the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office plays a vital role in making the university competitive for the best students, faculty, and staff and it makes campus life welcoming for all. Thank you for considering our views.
Jonathan Cole posted about Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 on Facebook 2016-04-14 12:48:29 -0500I just signed the petition to Governor Haslam urging him to keep listening and oppose HB2414. Stop scrolling and sign!
Sign this NEW petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to keep listening to the voices opposed to the anti-transgender student bathroom bill!1,533 signatures
Governor Haslam, please continue to oppose HB2414 and listen to the voices of transgender students and the business community speaking out against the bill. Thank you for considering our views.
Jonathan Cole posted about VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-07 09:48:33 -0500Sign the petition: 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.
Jonathan Cole signed Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414 2016-03-21 16:54:36 -0500
Please, join us in encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to fight against this attack on transgender students.985 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We call on you to do everything in your power to lobby against passage of SB2387/HB2414, the anti-transgender student bathroom bill. We also ask that you VETO the bill if it reaches your desk.
The bill endangers vulnerable students and it risks significant U.S. Department of Education funds to Tennessee. If this bill became law, the enforcement would be a nightmare for school districts across the state.
Show the world that Tennessee is a welcoming state. Thank you for considering our views.
Jonathan Cole posted about The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality on Facebook 2016-02-04 10:15:55 -0600I'm endorsing Tennessee Equality Project's resolution. Please join me!
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.Endorse
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Jonathan Cole wants to volunteer 2015-05-04 06:38:58 -0500
We need you for the Tuesday Twitter Team. Once you sign up, we'll send you a sample message to tweet on Tuesday that you can adapt or edit.
And every Tuesday or almost every Tuesday, we'll send you information about what needs to be tweeted that day. You can help move the equality message forward in Tennessee every Tuesday. Welcome to the TEP Tuesday Twitter Team!
$700.00 raisedGOAL: $3,000.00
SUPPORT OUR START UP!* With the Supreme Court taking up the marriage issue, it looks as if marriage equality is FINALLY coming to Tennessee. But that's not all that's coming. Family Action Council of Tennessee is going to try to bring an Indiana-style RFRA to Tennessee again next year. You'll remember that we beat the bill last year, the one we called "Turn the Gays Away."
So we wondered what to do and how to prepare.
Then the answer came to us!
A startup, of course! If bakers and pizza places can turn away LGBT people, why not start our own RFRA Wedding Cake Emporium to meet all your needs when the haters can't be bothered. This is social entrepreneurship at its best.
So invest in our RFRA Wedding Cake Emporium where we welcome everyone!
Help us build a better wedding cake toward the $1000 level! Each completed cake layer means $500 toward our $3000 goal!
*(OK, so we're not actually starting a wedding cake emporium. But when you make a donation, we can fight negative bills like RFRA and Mini Indy/Counseling Discrimination style bills in the Legislature and WIN! Because your donation supports excellent professional lobbying and grassroots policy organizing, it is not tax deductible. But it tastes great. Wedding cake minus the discrimination.)Donate
Jonathan Cole signed Tell Saks to do the Right Thing! 2015-01-15 14:00:57 -0600Saks rendered their high score on the Corporate Equality Index meanlingless.54 signatures
Add your voice to tell Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th (which has a store in Nashville), and their online stores that transgender employees deserve protection from discrimination on the job and that the company should rescind its position that gender identity is not covered by sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
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$25/month($300/year) 1 Olympus tickets; TEP T-Shirt; TEP Car Window Decal; TEP Newsletter. Giving Circle members and members of their household may vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings.
TEP T-Shirt; TEP Car Window Decal; TEP Newsletter. Giving Circle members and members of their household may vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings.
TEP Car Window Decal; TEP Newsletter. Giving Circle members and members of their household may vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings.
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Jonathan Cole signed Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating 2014-11-21 09:59:02 -0600The youth of Jefferson County just lost a willing and helpful mentor. So sad.61 signatures
Cassie Hopkins, a young bisexual woman, had volunteered at Yoke Youth Ministries in Jefferson County. The program is interdenominational and draws on the work of young adults to mentor middle-school students. She had gone through the screening process and there were no complaints about her work as a volunteer. After disclosing her sexual orientation on Facebook, her supervisor told her that she would no longer be allowed to volunteer, even though there is nothing in Yoke's written policies about sexual orientation. Her supervisor compared bisexuality to alcoholism and drug addiction.
Let's show support for Cassie and remind our fellow Tennesseans and especially Yoke that people can serve and contribute to enriching the lives of youth in our state regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a message Yoke and many others need to hear. Please, add your voice.
We are glad to partner with the LGBT Alumni of Carson-Newman on this project. They first brought the case to our attention.
Note: We are not arguing about whether anyone has the legal ability to discriminate in Tennessee. What we are contesting is whether it is right to exclude talented people from helping youth simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jonathan Cole wants to volunteer 2014-11-19 11:12:33 -0600
Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving following Cyber Monday, is coming up on December 2. TEP is asking our friends to give $10 or more on that day to engage new donors and encourage existing donors to support us with their year-end giving. But we need VOLUNTEERS to help make it successful. We specifically need volunteers to help spread the word about this link . You can get the long form here: http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Giving-Tuesday-For-Equality-In-Tennessee .
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