Shahin Samiei

  • 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!

    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:


    Who is sponsoring the contest? Scroll down! 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:

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    🔥FLAMING SPONSORS🔥

    Mid South Homebuyers

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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

    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
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  • donated via 2017-05-24 21:34:51 -0500

    Invest in TEP's Pride Outreach

    $385.00 raised
    GOAL: $2,000.00

    New threats to Tennessee's LGBTQ community mean we must organize as many people in the state as we can so that we can speak more effectively against discrimination.  Thousands of people attend Pride celebrations in Tennessee every year.  We expect many newly out members of the community and allies to attend for the first time in 2017.  Please, make a tax deductible investment in our work to engage all the people who attend Pride celebrations in Tennessee.

    TEP plans to be a strong presence at regional Pride celebrations in Tennessee so that we can actively sign people up and connect them to organizing against discrimination.  YOUR support makes it possible to afford booth space, materials to hand out during Pride, and travel to Pride celebrations around the state.

    For us, Pride is a celebration of the community AND a critical opportunity to grow the movement for equality in Tennessee.  Thank you for your investment in our work.

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111 via 2017-04-27 20:02:51 -0500

    Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111

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    Add your name and urge Governor Haslam to veto SB1085/HB1111, the Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill.  After you sign the petition, share it with your friends.  We will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to the Governor's Office.  Your voice can help determine whether he uses the VETO pen or the BECOMES LAW pen!

    5,715 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We ask you to veto SB1085/HB1111.  This bill, as the Attorney General has noted, is broadly written.  Its vagueness could result in conflicts with existing laws about judicial interpretation.  These conflicts are likely to cause discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly with respect to marriage, adoption, and legal documents.  This bill risks subjecting Tennessee to the same scrutiny that North Carolina has received.  We cannot afford hundreds of millions of dollars in economic boycotts and sanctions.  Please, veto this bill so we can avoid judicial chaos and costly discrimination.  Thank you for considering our views.

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  • Demand EEOC pursue LGBT job discrimination cases

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    On January 27, Slate reported that the EEOC may withdraw from a case involving job discrimination against Amiee Stephens, a transgender woman.  New Commission chair Victoria Lipnic said "Administration-related changes" were the reason. 

    TAKE ACTION!

    1. Send your own email to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at info@eeoc.gov and urge the Commission to continue pursuing cases of LGBT job discrimination.

    2. Sign the petition.  If we reach or exceed 1000 signatures, we will deliver them to the Nashville EEOC office.

    387 signatures

    Dear Commissioners,

    We urge you to continue viewing job discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  In particular, you must continue to pursue the case of Amiee Stephens and other cases like it. 

    Your own report indicates there were 1768 charges of anti-LGBT job discrimination in 2016.  In many states, there are no explicit protections for LGBT workers.  Without your efforts, LGBT people are often defenseless against job discrimination.  You must continue to pursue these cases.

    Thank you for considering our views.

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  • donated via 2016-10-11 23:49:08 -0500

    National Coming Out Day Challenge

    $2,170.00 raised
    GOAL: $2,000.00

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    An anonymous donor has offered us a $2000 challenge.  Make your tax deductible investment in any amount to help us meet the challenge for National Coming Out Day.  We will run the challenge until October 18. 

    Regardless of whether you can give, consider posting a National Coming Out Day video and tag us on Facebook or on Twitter.  Let's show Tennessee the vibrancy and diversity of our community and allies.

    Your contribution helps fund educational programs around the state.  For example, in November we are offering training sessions for clergy throughout Tennessee to help them advocate more effectively for the LGBT community.

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  • donated via 2016-05-19 18:56:59 -0500

    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 No Discrimination in Federal Contracts! 2016-05-09 11:50:14 -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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  • signed Tennessee Loves Target 2016-05-03 23:35:09 -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 via 2016-04-23 16:21:38 -0500

    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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  • signed Defend Diversity at UT-Knoxville: Veto SB1912 via 2016-04-27 22:41:36 -0500

    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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • donated via 2017-11-30 09:01:01 -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

  • donated via 2017-01-24 19:37:23 -0600

    Support the Work of Tennessee Equality Project with a One Time Donation

    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 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

    $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

    $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. Giving Circle members and members of their household may vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings.

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    Speaker

    $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

     
    $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

     $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

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


    Individual  Membership

     
    $25/year
    Basic membership allows you to vote for Board Members at Annual Meetings. TEP Newsletter.


    Family Membership

     
    $35/year
    Same a individual membership for all members of your household. TEP Newsletter.


    Low Income Membership

     
    $10/year
    Same as individual membership for students, seniors (age 65+), disability income beneficiaries and active duty military and veterans. TEP Newsletter.

     

    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

  • endorsed 2015-05-03 14:47:29 -0500

    Marriage PLUS Pledge

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    MARRIAGE PLUS PLEDGE

    I pledge to continue to work for full

    legal and lived equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

    people in Tennessee after we achieve marriage equality.  

    I recognize that we have more work to do on job discrimination, public

    accommodations discrimination, housing discrimination, safe

    schools/anti-bullying, bisexual erasure and visibility, health disparities,

    domestic violence, senior care, HIV/AIDS, hate crimes, documents for

    transgender people, and other issues.

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  • donated via 2014-12-27 15:24:59 -0600

    Matching our Moment

    $5,255.00 raised
    GOAL: $4,000.00

    Generous anonymous donors have come forward and offered to match all donations to the TEP Foundation between NOW and 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 31!  That means that your gift is doubled and your impact for advancing equality in Tennessee is doubled. 

    C A N  W E  M A T C H  O U R  M O M E N T ?

    Matching Our Moment...Marriage equality is on its way to Tennessee, but what happens when a lesbian working at a company with no non-discrimination policy puts a picture of her wife on her desk?  We've made progress in our cities, but too often hate violence erupts in the very cities where we've passed non-discrimination ordinances and partner benefits.  And while the adults start to get legal protections, LGBT students in Tennessee are left behind--bullied at schools and in some cases driven out of their homes by parents who refuse to accept them because their minds have taken in hateful messages.

    Our Moment is one of opposition, one of need, and most of all, one of opportunity.  Can we match our moment? 

    Your tax deductible contribution to the TEP Foundation by December 31 helps us do just that.  You can give online or send your dated check in a post-marked envelope to P.O. Box 330895  Nashville, TN 37203.

    Matching Our Opposition:  We face two kinds of opposition in Tennessee.  There is the very well-funded public arm of opposition in the form of far Right lobbying groups that seek to promote a culture of fear and intolerance in congregations, in the media, and in our Legislature.  And then there is more diffused kind of opposition--a sermon that seems to come from out of nowhere, an outrageous remark by a county commissioner, or a store that refuses to serve a transgender person.  The TEP Foundation's programs through diversity training, media engagement, and Equality Means Business help shape Tennessee's culture with the values of equality and inclusion.  When you invest in equality in Tennessee, you give us a fighting chance against the opposition.

    Matching Our Need:  The data on bullying in our schools tells the story.  The Tennessee Department of Education revealed there were over 5400 confirmed cases of bullying in Tennessee schools in 2012.  National data consistently shows Southern states are underfunded by significant percentages.  LGBT people and our allies need victories, however small, and we need hope so that victories can grow.  TEP Foundation programs like SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee assist GSAs, help communities deal with bullying, and help citizens engage their school boards with solutions. 

    Matching Our Opportunity:  Potential allies are all around us.  Meaningful victories are within reach.  How we handle the first days of marriage equality in Tennessee can set the stage for a safer, more inclusive Tennessee for all of us.  When you support TEP Foundation programs like Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE and Equality Means Business you give allies concrete ways to show their support and grow the movement.  We are grateful for your support.

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  • signed Issues: SBC 2014-10-28 13:44:34 -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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