Jonathan Cole

  • posted about TEP Gumbo Contest 2018 presented by Hilton Memphis on Facebook 2017-09-07 07:46:23 -0500
    Join me at the TEP Gumbo Contest 2018 presented by Hilton Memphis on Jan. 21, 2018

    TEP Gumbo Contest 2018 presented by Hilton Memphis

    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! 

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

    SPONSORSHIPS:

    Sponsorship packages at all levels available at https://tnep.nationbuilder.com/tep_gumbo_contest_sponsorships_2018

    TICKET DESCRIPTIONS:

    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:

    🔥FLAMING SPONSORS🔥

    Mid South Homebuyers

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    HOT SPONSORS 

    Helen Akin

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    Baker Donelson

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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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    MEDIUM SPONSORS 

    Julie Byrd Ashworth, Attorney at Law

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     MILD SPONSORS

    Carol and Dell Livingston

    Jennifer Valli, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

     

     

     

     

    WHEN
    January 21, 2018 at 4:30pm
    WHERE
    Hilton Memphis
    939 Ridge Lake Blvd
    Memphis, TN 38120
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • posted about Give OUT Days in Tennessee on Facebook 2016-05-19 17:56:18 -0500
    Give OUT Days are here. Invest in equality in Tennessee!

    Give OUT Days in Tennessee

    $880.00 raised
    GOAL: $3,000.00

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    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

  • signed Tennessee Loves Target 2016-05-03 10:52:05 -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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  • endorsed 2016-04-27 16:07:18 -0500

    Counseling Unconditionally

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     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

  • posted about I asked Governor Haslam to veto HB1840, the counseling discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-27 11:13:11 -0500
    It's your turn. 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.

    Endorse

  • posted about Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 on Facebook 2016-04-25 14:01:11 -0500
    YOUR TURN! Sign the petition: Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912

    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.

    Add signature

  • posted about Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414 on Facebook 2016-04-14 12:48:29 -0500
    I just signed the petition to Governor Haslam urging him to keep listening and oppose HB2414. Stop scrolling and sign!

    Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414

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    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.

    Add signature

  • posted about VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill on Facebook 2016-04-07 09:48:33 -0500
    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.

    Add signature

  • Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414

    Please, join us in encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to fight against this attack on transgender students.

    983 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.

    Add signature

  • posted about The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality on Facebook 2016-02-04 10:15:55 -0600
    I'm endorsing Tennessee Equality Project's resolution. 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.

    Endorse

  • published Choose Your VIP Table 2015-10-17 16:45:09 -0500

    Choose Your VIP Table

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    Rex Room VIP Tables are on the lower level nearest to the competitors.

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    Bacchus Balcony VIP Tables on the upper level provide a great view of the contestants on first floor. 

    If the level and table # is not listed among the responses, that table has already been reserved. 

    Take the survey

  • wants to volunteer 2015-05-04 06:38:58 -0500

    Tuesday Twitter Team

    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.twitterfollow.png

    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!

     

    Become a volunteer

  • donated via 2015-04-07 23:14:22 -0500

    RFRA Wedding Cake Emporium

    $700.00 raised
    GOAL: $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!

     

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    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

  • signed Tell Saks to do the Right Thing! 2015-01-15 14:00:57 -0600
    Saks rendered their high score on the Corporate Equality Index meanlingless.

    Tell Saks to do the Right Thing!

    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. 

    You can read about the case of transgender employee Leyth Jamal and the repugnant Saks response here.

     

    Add signature

  • donated via 2017-11-21 07:25:31 -0600

    Monthly Support of Tennessee Equality Project

    Governor.jpgAs a supporter of Tennessee Equality Project, your contribution funds the advancement of policies through direct and grass roots lobbying which protect the rights of LGBT people and their families here at home in Tennessee. Give monthly, choose to give a one-time donation within one of these giving circles described below or become a basic member. Contributions to TEP (a 501(c)(4) organization) are not tax deductible.

    If you prefer to make a one-time donation to Tennessee Equality Project, click here.  

    If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible contribution to Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, click here.

    Click here to see who is supporting the work of equality in Tennessee. 

     

    Circle Amount Benefits

     

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    Governor

    $100/month
    ($1200/year)

    Free admission to TEP events statewide; 4 Olympus tickets; Invitation to Executive Director’s Legislative Briefing Reception and access to VIP Lounge at Advancing Equality Day on the Hill; 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.

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    Lt. Governor

    $75/month
    ($900/year)
    3 Olympus tickets; Invitation to Executive Director’s Legislative Briefing Reception and access to VIP Lounge at Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. 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.

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    Speaker

    $50/month
    ($600/year)
    2 Olympus tickets; Invitation to Executive Director’s Legislative Briefing Reception and access to VIP Lounge at Advancing Equality Day on the Hill; 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.

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    Senator

     $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.

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    Representative

     $10/month
    ($120/year)
    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.

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    Advocate

    $5/month
    ($60/year)
    TEP Car Window Decal; TEP Newsletter. Giving Circle members and members of their household may vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings.

    Other Giving Options

    Some supporters prefer to write a check or make monthly donations to Tennessee Equality Project through automatic bank drafts. Consider creating “Tennessee Equality Project” as a regular payee with your bank’s online service.

    Checks and automated bank drafts may be mailed to the following address:

    Tennessee Equality Project | P.O. Box 330895 | Nashville, TN 37203 

    Thank you for supporting Tennessee Equality Project.

    Donate

  • signed Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating 2014-11-21 09:59:02 -0600
    The youth of Jefferson County just lost a willing and helpful mentor. So sad.

    Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating

    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. 

     

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  • wants to volunteer 2014-11-19 11:12:33 -0600

    Giving Tuesday Volunteer

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    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 .

     

    Become a volunteer

  • signed Issues: SBC 2014-10-28 13:27:16 -0500

    Urge Southern Baptist Leadership to rethink the impact of their teachings on LGBT people

    Learn more about the issue and consider signing the petition to add your voice to this call to action.

    87 signatures

    This week the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is holding a conference in Nashville on marriage, sexuality, and gender.  Add your voice to urge them to consider the impact of their teachings on violence against LGBT people and LGBT youth homelessness.  According to national estimates, up to 40% of the youth homeless population is LGBT.  Many of those youth were turned out of their homes because of certain kinds of religious bias.  We believe that rather than holding conferences on how to preserve marriage discrimination, the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership should begin to address the ways in which their teachings contribute to harms to LGBT people. 

    TEP joined OutCentral and Vanderbilt Divinity School in organizing a protest of the event outside the Opryland Hotel.  TTPC and PFLAG also participated.  Your voice can help highlight needed changes in the Southern Baptist Convention's approach.

     

     

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