The Human Rights Campaign and the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) have announced a renewed partnership to work towards equality in Tennessee.
HRC has provided a grant of $10,000 to TEP and will work closely with the organization to defeat negative legislation at the state level and pass pro-equality municipal measures.
Anti-LGBT legislation already introduced in the Tennessee legislature this year includes the “don’t say gay” bill (SB 49 / HB 229), which would prohibit honest and healthy conversations in Tennessee’s classrooms and further isolate vulnerable teens, and a bill (HB 331) to ban local governments from enacting stronger anti-discrimination provisions than those found in state law. “
We are pleased to forge a stronger partnership with Tennessee Equality Project and redouble our efforts in the Volunteer State,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Working together, we can make the state a better place for all Tennesseans to live, work and raise families.”
“We are excited to be partnering with the Human Rights Campaign in a meaningful way,” said TEP Board President H.G. Stovall. “All Tennesseans deserve equal protection under the law, and we will strive to ensure our rights are protected and expanded.”
Billy Leslie, a member of HRC’s Board of Governors in Nashville, added, “On behalf of HRC volunteers and supporters who live in Tennessee, we are proud to support the smart and strategic work of the Tennessee Equality Project and look forward to our continued work together.”
The Human Rights Campaign's Nashville branch is preparing for 16th Annual HRC Nashville Dinner Saturday at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Information about the dinner is available at equalitydinner.com. A limited number of tickets are still available.