The Tennessee Equality Project held a rally on Sunday, Dec. 9, to promote work place equality at the state and national level. This was just one of three rallies held across the state. Others were held in Memphis and Cookeville.
Nashville had about 50 person from the GBLT community gather in front the state capital in War Memorial Plaza. TEP President Chris Sanders lead the rally and introduced the speakers for the event. But Sanders said, "This rally has homework folks."
Red wristbands were handed out before the event started to remind people of two things. The first was to visit the URL written on the band, sign the petition it's linked to and post it online. This petition — if enough signature are reached — will press the White House to address job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. "We need to create more momentum for this petition, and we've only got three days until it expires," Sanders said.
The second reminder was about Advancing Equality Day on the Hill on March 12. This day is designated for people to talk to their elected officials and say what's important to them. The rally then shifted to the speakers.
The speakers included Vanderbilt Lambda President Sarah Smith, Metro Human Relations Commission Executive Director Caroline Blackwell, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition President Marissa Richmond, Nashville PFLAG President Kathy Halbrooks and Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet GSA member Gray Alexander.
To view all of the speeches, click the photo to the right.