Media Advisory: Tennessee Equality Project to honor AT&T Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson at Olympus gala event at Parthenon on Friday.
September 19, 2014
CONTACT: Chris Sanders
Nashville, TN (September 19, 2014)—Tennessee Equality Project will gather members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and allies at the Parthenon on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 to honor Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson, AT&T Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University as Champions of Equality during its annual gala event.
Chris Anderson is a first-term Chattanooga Council Member who introduced a partner benefits and non-discrimination ordinance for city government employees. He successfully fought off an anti-gay recall effort this year. Anderson is the first openly gay elected official to win a contested race for a legislative body in Tennessee.
AT&T is an American multinational telecommunications corporation with a long history in Tennessee. As well as putting in place exemplary policies inclusive of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, AT&T Tennessee played a significant role in diffusing the “Turn the Gays Away” bill in the 108th General Assembly.
Vanderbilt University is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Vanderbilt was among the first large employers based in Tennessee to offer policies inclusive of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Vanderbilt has also defended these policies against attacks in the General Assembly.
WHEN: Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. Awards at 8:30 p
WHERE: Parthenon in Nashville
WHY: To honor Champions of Equality for advancing the equality of LGBT people in Tennessee.
WHO: The Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide organization who mission to protect the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Tennessee.
Tickets available at http://www.OlympusTEP.org