Growing Love from Hate Campaign

christychristy1The passing of Fred Phelps gave former Memphians Christy Tweddle and her wife Christy Cain pause as they thought about how far Tennessee has come in recent years on the road to equality.  Advances in marriage equality, the push for safe schools, and protection from job discrimination in local governments around the state are all examples of love growing from hate.

MatchMyGiftSo Christy and Christy are challenging everyone to match their $3000 offer to the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation by April 20.

Your contribution will help grow the values of equality and inclusion in Tennessee by supporting our educational and awareness programs such as advocacy, diversity, and media training as well as efforts like Equality Means Business.

Growing Love from Hate is the ongoing work of the TEP Foundation.  We need your help with one or more of the following:

  1. Please make a matching gift by clicking the “Match My Gift” button directly above.*
  2. Whether you make a donation or not, make a pledge in the petition below to Grow Love from Hate in Tennessee (Click “Read the Petition” to view the pledge).
  3. Share this page as an expression of your commitment to equality in Tennessee with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. 

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TEP Chair & President Receives Barry J. Sullivan Courage & Strength Award

photo (42)copyLast Sunday, the International Gay Bowling League presented the Barry J. Sullivan Courage and Strength Award to TEP Chair and President Jonathan Cole at a banquet ending a weekend tournament in Memphis. Jonathan’s husband, Paul Linxwiler, accepted the award on his behalf due to a competing work commitment.

The Courage and Strength award is named after Barry J. Sullivan, recently deceased, who set a high standard for service as a volunteer and fundraiser for worthy causes within the community of the International Gay Bowling Organization. Jonathan requested that the $250 contribution which came with the award be given to the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation which strives to eliminate prejudice and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by promoting and advocating equality through education, collaboration and victim advocacy.

The $250 contribution helps bring the TEP Foundation even closer to matching the $3000 matching gift given by Christy Cain and Christy Tweddle. Learn how you can make a donation to help TEP Foundation reach its campaign goal at this link.

 

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Tell the Senate Education Committee to Vote YES for Dignity for All Students Act

stop bullyingTAKE ACTION:  Tell the Senate Education Committee to vote YES for safe schools.  SB1124, the companion bill to HB927 (the Dignity for All Students Act), is up in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Tell the Senate Education Committee to Vote YES for Dignity for All Students Act

This petition is now closed.

End date: Mar 28, 2014

Signatures collected: 156

Signature goal: 250

156 signatures

Latest Signatures
156Scott MaloneGreeneville, Tennessee37743Mar 27, 2014
155Stacey CupoloMurfreesboro , TN37130Mar 26, 2014
154Angelita Gonzalez-MrozMurfreesboro, TN37128Mar 25, 2014
153Sherry BrewerMaryville, TN37803Mar 24, 2014
152Mary ReedCordova, TN38016Mar 23, 2014
151Christopher GurleyMar 21, 2014
150John SweeneyMar 20, 2014
149Emily AullLebanon, TN37087Mar 20, 2014
148Stephanie MumpowerMar 20, 2014
147Haley Evans38130Mar 20, 2014
146Connie TaylorJohnson city , Tn37601Mar 19, 2014
145Terry Whitememphis, tn38134Mar 19, 2014
144Shirley BowmanMurfreesboro, TN37127Mar 19, 2014
143Diane SassonNashville, tn37212Mar 19, 2014
142Amanda WaldenMemphis, Tn38112Mar 19, 2014
141heather Stanbroughkingsport, Tennessee37663Mar 19, 2014
140Elizabeth MK SullivanNashvilleMar 19, 2014
139Joseph KinleyMar 19, 2014
138Delmar DorrNashville, TN37206-1813Mar 18, 2014
137Donna MearsPikeville , Tn37367Mar 18, 2014
136Lisa MarcelloKingsport, Tn37660Mar 18, 2014
135Stephanie WithrowFayetteville, Ar72703Mar 18, 2014
134Shawn HughesRoan Mountain, Tennessee37687Mar 18, 2014
133Tom BoughanDecherd, Tennessee37324Mar 18, 2014
132Diane LeeMar 18, 2014
131Sherrie LemonsAtoka, TN38004Mar 18, 2014
130Carolyn LendermonBartlett, Tennessee39135Mar 18, 2014
129Jeff KirwanMemphis, TN38119Mar 18, 2014
128Skip LedbetterMemphis, Tn38103Mar 18, 2014
127Rosemary ClarkMemphis, Tennessee38120Mar 18, 2014
126Anne GullickCollierville, Tennessee38017Mar 18, 2014
125William EvansJonesborough , tn37659Mar 18, 2014
124Alison K. BlahaMemphis, TennesseeMar 18, 2014
123Greg GardnerNashville, TN37208Mar 18, 2014
122Tiffany Schroeder38122Mar 18, 2014
121Johnny StewartKingsport, Tennessee37660Mar 18, 2014
120Lisa ShowLynn, MA01905Mar 18, 2014
119Jeremy DavisNashville, TN37215Mar 18, 2014
118Frannie MillerMar 18, 2014
117Phillip GonzalesJohnson City, TnMar 18, 2014
116Magaret ZellerMar 18, 2014
115Greta McClainMar 18, 2014
114Margi ChambersElizabethton, Tn37643Mar 18, 2014
113Bo BrysonJohnson City, TN.37601Mar 18, 2014
112Kat AmanoNashville, TN37216Mar 17, 2014
111April GardnerMar 17, 2014
110Leigh CoffmanJohnson City, TN37601Mar 17, 2014
109Beth Sludertelford, Tennessee37690Mar 17, 2014
108Keith AndersTazewell, Tennessee37879Mar 17, 2014
107Lisa RuthDanielsville, PA18038Mar 17, 2014

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What happened to HB927 in subcommittee after everyone went home?

Many supporters of the Dignity for All Students Act (HB927) rejoiced on the passage of the bill in the House Education Subcommittee after debate last Tuesday, March 11 during Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. But after everyone went home, rumors flew about dirty tricks and a surprise second vote.

We’re sharing the video of what happened on a second — some would say secret — vote on HB927:
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Take Us to Victory on the Dignity for All Students Act!

CamperNeergard

Rep. Karen Camper (House District 87 – Memphis) is sponsoring HB927 which will strengthen anti-bullying school policies for students like Marcel Neergaard of Oak Ridge.

TAKE US TO VICTORY!  This week we thought we had victory.  HB927 was declared passed and then it got reversed on a technicality.  Rep. Karen Camper, the sponsor,  has worked hard on this bill to protect all students in Tennessee.  Marcel Neergaard of Oak Ridge traveled to Nashville with his mother Misty to advocate for the bill.  He knows what it’s like to be bullied just because he is part of the LGBT community.

Use this form to send a clear message to the House Education Subcommittee to pass HB927.

 

Take Us to Victory on the Dignity for All Students Act!

This petition is now closed.

End date: Mar 28, 2014

Signatures collected: 293

Signature goal: 250

293 signatures

Latest Signatures
293jessica webbjohnson city, tn37601Mar 26, 2014
292Nic WallesKnoxville, TNMar 23, 2014
291Jason SmithKnoxville, Tn37921Mar 21, 2014
290Emily AullLebanon, TN37087Mar 20, 2014
289Stephanie MumpowerMar 20, 2014
288Haley Evans37130Mar 20, 2014
287Ashleigh MajcenNashville , Tn37214Mar 19, 2014
286Kerri WilliamsMar 18, 2014
285Margie StevensMar 18, 2014
284Cary GibsonNashville, TNMar 18, 2014
283Monique FisherMemphis, TN38104Mar 18, 2014
282Tory MillsKnoxville, TN37914Mar 18, 2014
281Sue Rankin-LustreCookeville, Tennessee38501Mar 18, 2014
280A Thompson TNMar 18, 2014
279R. Kleske37604Mar 18, 2014
278Christoher OroszWoodstock, Illinois60098-3334Mar 18, 2014
277Deven JohnsonGray, TN37615Mar 18, 2014
276David Hepburn38104Mar 18, 2014
275Steve SpeedMemphis, Tn38104Mar 18, 2014
274Jennifer KeaneMemphis, Tennessee38120Mar 18, 2014
273Gary Swinglehornbeak, tn38232Mar 18, 2014
272Donna WhitneyNashville, TN37215-5744Mar 18, 2014
271Sam KeaslerMemphis, Tn38104Mar 18, 2014
270Jessica Shea Memphis , TN 38117Mar 18, 2014
269Michael WalshCookeville, TN38506Mar 17, 2014
268Melissa ThorntonMar 17, 2014
267Cory hicksCordova, TN38016Mar 17, 2014
266Rebecca BlackburnJackson , TN38305Mar 17, 2014
265Susan BransfordMar 17, 2014
264Thomas ChristyMurfreesboro, TN37130Mar 17, 2014
263Janis PankeyMar 17, 2014
262Susan Mackenzieemphis, TN 38104Mar 17, 2014
261Michael HughesMemphis, Tn38104Mar 17, 2014
260Carol GardnerNashville , TN37221Mar 17, 2014
259Trent BontlyMemphis , Tn38125Mar 17, 2014
258Rebecca TerrellMemphis, TN38112Mar 17, 2014
257Dan HatzenbuehlerMemphis, TN38104Mar 17, 2014
256yoana corroMar 17, 2014
255Sarah KetronJohnson city, Tn37615Mar 17, 2014
254Drost KokoyeMar 17, 2014
253Alicia AkinsMar 17, 2014
252bonnie tinsleyMurfreesboro, tn37129Mar 17, 2014
251Brooke LarmChattanooga, TN37412Mar 17, 2014
250Jack StewartSmyrna, TN37167Mar 17, 2014
249Lisa SkelleyPowell, Tennessee37849Mar 17, 2014
248Keith MooreMemphis, TN38107Mar 17, 2014
247Sarah AtkinsKnoxville, TN37920Mar 17, 2014
246Danielle HeatonElizabethton, TN37643Mar 17, 2014
245Virginia LeonardMemphis, Tennessee38107Mar 17, 2014
244Beth Sludertelford, Tennessee37690Mar 17, 2014

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TAKE ACTION: Tell the House leaders to pass inclusive anti-bullying protections

Amendhb2122Leaders in the Tennessee House of Representatives are moving forward with anti-bullying legislation that lacks specific reforms needed to protect students in our schools. HB2122 sponsored by Rep. Mark White is a good bill, but it doesn’t go far enough.

To be effective, the bill must be amended by the House Education Committee to include enumerated protections against harassment, intimidation, or bullying based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, academic achievement, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or physical appearance of either the student or a person with whom the student has an actual or perceived association.

Use TEP’s petition to tell the House Education Committee to pass enumerated protections with an amendment to HB2122.

 

Amend HB2122 with enumerated protections

This petition is now closed.

End date: Mar 28, 2014

Signatures collected: 180

Signature goal: 500

180 signatures

Latest Signatures
180Richard MartinMemphis, Tennessee38134Mar 26, 2014
179Lance McColdKnoxville, Tennessee37922Mar 24, 2014
178Todd LetsonSmyrna, Tennessee37167Mar 19, 2014
177Melissa Harrell-FreyMurfreesboro, tn37130Mar 17, 2014
176Christina Elliottoak ridge, tn37830Mar 14, 2014
175Alanna NapierFranklin, TN37064Mar 14, 2014
174Robert RichartKnoxville, TN37920Mar 13, 2014
173Devi BrownMar 13, 2014
172Douglas Harbinmemphis, Tennessee38104Mar 13, 2014
171brian youngMar 13, 2014
170tina frenchsignal mountain, tn37377Mar 13, 2014
169Angela ActonMcMinnville, TN37110Mar 13, 2014
168Amber GunterMcMinnville, TN37110Mar 13, 2014
167Kristin JohnsonFairview, TN37062Mar 13, 2014
166Don BradshawFranklin, TN37069Mar 12, 2014
165Brian JohnsonFranklin, TN37064Mar 12, 2014
164Cindy SpannOld Hickory, tn37138Mar 12, 2014
163Teresa GallagherMemphis, Tennessee38112Mar 12, 2014
162Pam KeetonGreenback , Tn37742Mar 12, 2014
161Scott HaynesMemphis, Tn38122Mar 12, 2014
160Delmar DorrMar 11, 2014
159Donna EdwardsKnoxville, Tennessee37931Mar 11, 2014
158Victoria KaazMemphis, TN38104Mar 11, 2014
157Rebekah SmithMar 11, 2014
156Travis Crippen37912Mar 11, 2014
155Tiffany Schroeder38122Mar 11, 2014
154steven sheltonnashville, tn37218Mar 11, 2014
153De'Marcus Jackson38464Mar 11, 2014
152Olivia Danielsold hickory, Tennessee37138Mar 11, 2014
151George DugganKnoxville, Tennessee37931Mar 11, 2014
150Lindsay WaddellKnoxville, TN37921Mar 11, 2014
149Joseph Kinleymadison, tn37115Mar 11, 2014
148jodie ryansMar 10, 2014
147Ronald HesterMemphis, TN38104Mar 10, 2014
146Susan EarlMar 10, 2014
145Terry LivingstonKnoxville, TN37912Mar 10, 2014
144Andrew LawlessPortland, Tennessee37148Mar 10, 2014
143anna loweclarksville, tn37043Mar 10, 2014
142Dole McVeighMar 10, 2014
141Dianne DoochinNashville, TN37215-4548Mar 10, 2014
140James MazzouccoloKnoxville, TN37921Mar 10, 2014
139Richard BrownGreenbrier , TN37073Mar 10, 2014
138Gregory PlemmonsNashville, Tennessee37205Mar 10, 2014
137Dani WilsonClinton, Tn37716Mar 10, 2014
136mary griffinMar 10, 2014
135Bob SpenceCookeville, TN38506Mar 10, 2014
134Vladimir EnlowNashville, TN37210Mar 10, 2014
133Harlan CaplingerMaryville, Tennessee37804Mar 10, 2014
132Joe NeubertKnoxville, Tn37918Mar 10, 2014
131Tom Cogburn37919Mar 10, 2014

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