Support the TEP Foundation on Dec 2, Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is coming up on December 2.  This annual day of Giving the follows Cyber Monday is an opportunity to support the TEP Foundation and advance the values of equality and inclusion in Tennessee with a tax deductible contribution of $10 or more.

If you would like to make a pledge to support the TEP Foundation before Giving Tuesday, you can do so at this link.

If you are reading this on December 2, which is Giving Tuesday, you can skip the pledge and make your contribution at this link.

We are grateful for your support.


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This Week in Equality: Voting and Going Purple

Early Voting Begins in Tennessee:  Early voting begins throughout Tennessee on October 15.  Important state constitutional amendments, races for U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, candidates for governor, and state legislative races are on the ballot.  To find out more about voting, contact your county election commission.  Go to this link to find their contact information.


#SpiritDay this Week:  GLAAD’s Spirit Day takes place on October 16.  GLAAD and its partner organizations, including the Tennessee Equality Project, are asking the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and allied community to wear purple in support of youth and to bring awareness to bullying.  spiritday

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FREE screening of “Pride”–October 21 in Nashville

4x6UPDATE:  All the passes have been given out.  Thanks to everyone who registered.  Remember to bring your pass!


TEP is pleased to announce a FREE screening of the movie PRIDE in Nashville on October 21. But you must register at this link: . We recommend printing your tickets to get in the show, though we will try to check for your name on the list. Get your tickets now. Seating is limited!

You can watch the trailer here.

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New Opportunities to Join the TEP Team

Have you been mulling over “getting involved?”  It’s a phrase we hear a great deal.  Getting involved works best when there are some structures, some expectations that fit into the whole of the movement for equality’s work.

We have some great opportunities for you.


SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Coordinator for East TN:  This is a contract/part-time position for part of the school year that works with SAFE Tennessee committees in three parts of East TN.  For details, go to this link.

TEP Tri-Cities volunteer leadership team.  Amy Williams serves as the chair of this important committee.  But we need to fill all the other new roles.  Contact us at if you are interested in any of the roles listed at this link.

Note:  We will also be looking for similar volunteer for our TEP Hamilton & Bradley Counties Committee soon.  Stay tuned for that announcement.


Legislative Organizing Interns:  These volunteer/internship positions are for high school students in Memphis, Jackson, and all West Tennessee counties.  They will play an important role this coming legislative session.  See the description at this link and contact us at if you are interested.


Legislative Organizing Interns:  Just like the West TN description above, these volunteer interns in Nashville, Clarksville, Cookeville, and around Middle TN will play an important role this coming legislative session.  For the description of this internship opportunity, go to this link and contact us at if you are interested.

NOTE:  We will soon begin an overhaul of the TEP Upper Cumberland Committee and will be looking for volunteer leaders to assist the chair in advancing equality in the area.  Look for that announcement in October or November.

If you don’t see a way to get involved in your area, contact us at and we will discuss ways you can help.  Thank you for your interest.

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Upcoming TEP events in East, West, and Middle TN

We always do our best to have something going on close to you.  Here are some upcoming TEP events and we invite you to participate in the ones closest to you.  If you don’t see an event near you, it is our hope that our local committees around the state will soon host monthly meetings for you to attend.

In the mean time, please, consider attending one of these meetings:

September 24:  TEP Shelby County Committee meeting.  6:30 p.m. at at Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.  Family Safety Center will be the focus of the meeting as we discuss resources to address domestic violence.  RSVP and learn more at the link.

September 27:  TEP Knox, Anderson, and Blount County Committee meeting.  4:00 p.m. at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.  The meeting will discuss some DAY ONE of marriage equality issues as well as the new SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee program to address safe schools issues in East Tennessee.  RSVP at the link.

October 20:  TEP Nashville Committee meeting.  6:15 p.m. at OutCentral in Nashville.  Program coordinator Christie Crowell will facilitate a panel discussion and activities related to Bisexual Erasure and Stereotypes.  RSVP and learn more at the link.

East, West, and Middle Tennessee–we’ve got you covered.  Join us and get involved!



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Media Advisory: TEP to honor Anderson, AT&T, and Vanderbilt at Parthenon gala Sept 19

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

                                  (615) 390-5252


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


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