Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating

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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61 signatures

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  • Sean Gilbertson
    signed via 2015-03-27 17:32:59 -0500
  • Matthew Bryant Cheney
    signed 2014-11-30 19:48:17 -0600
    As someone who has loved what YOKE does for the past 15 years, I pray for a future in this organization where a person’s ability to love and mentor middle schoolers is not judged by whom God has created them to be attracted to.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-11-25 14:27:33 -0600
    Sign the petition: Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating
  • Brandon Huckaby
    signed 2014-11-25 14:27:16 -0600
  • victor pretti
    signed via 2014-11-24 14:17:38 -0600
  • Kimberly Phillips
    signed 2014-11-23 08:29:47 -0600
  • Emma Poyntz
    signed 2014-11-22 21:08:50 -0600
  • Shoshanah Taylor
    signed 2014-11-22 18:27:33 -0600
  • Tanaka Vercher
    signed 2014-11-22 18:02:43 -0600
  • Madeleine Dougherty
    signed 2014-11-22 16:15:18 -0600
  • Cody Haun
    signed via 2014-11-22 14:18:12 -0600
  • Scott Kelly
    signed via 2014-11-22 11:38:50 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-11-22 11:08:06 -0600
    Sign the petition: Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating
  • Del Zimmerman
    signed 2014-11-22 11:07:27 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-11-22 10:30:22 -0600
    Sign the petition: Urge Yoke Ministries to Stop Discriminating
  • Larry D Kitchen
    signed 2014-11-22 09:21:41 -0600
  • Anne Gullick
    signed 2014-11-22 08:28:29 -0600
  • Robin Snell
    signed 2014-11-22 07:54:32 -0600
  • Annie Wing
    signed 2014-11-22 07:40:31 -0600
    Cassie is the type of caring person that I want to see working with our young people!
  • Jennifer Watson
    signed 2014-11-22 06:47:00 -0600
  • Rodney Adams
    signed via 2014-11-22 05:40:43 -0600
  • Todd Cramer
    signed 2014-11-22 04:40:02 -0600
  • Daniel Adams
    signed 2014-11-22 04:26:49 -0600
  • Michael Hopkins
    signed 2014-11-22 03:59:58 -0600
  • Anna Hopkins
    signed 2014-11-22 03:57:03 -0600
  • Kristin Gipe
    signed 2014-11-21 23:58:11 -0600
  • rebecca lucas
    signed 2014-11-21 22:47:06 -0600
  • Gianna Spence
    signed 2014-11-21 22:38:59 -0600
  • Brent Collins
    signed 2014-11-21 22:12:56 -0600
  • Gabrielle Lumpkin
    signed 2014-11-21 21:30:39 -0600

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