TN Transgender Coalition Urges Early Voters to Support ‘Equal Rights’ Candidates

Press release from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; July 12, 2012: 

Starting tomorrow, Friday, July 13, voters across Tennessee will begin going to the polls to nominate candidates for United States Senate, United States House, State Senate (even numbered districts), State House, and will vote on whether to retain two judges on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

In addition, many local jurisdictions will also hold general elections, including many school board races who are overdue in addressing bullying and harassment of LGBT youth in their districts.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition urges everyone to get out and support candidates who support equal rights for all.

Unfortunately, Tennessee is one of the states that has adopted a Voter Suppression Law. Over the past several years, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition worked as part of the No Barriers to the Ballot Box Coalition to oppose Voter Suppression in the state because we believe that it will serve to disfranchise transgender voters, thus striking at the very core of our democracy.

TTPC is working with the National Center for Transgender Equality in collecting information on any transperson who is disfarnchised by the new law. That includes if you stayed at home to avoid using an ID with the wrong gender marker.

Facebook: Discriminatory Voter ID laws may suppress trans voters, or disenfranchise them altogether. In order to address the problem, we need to hear from trans people who are having trouble voting. Please share your story here. http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/voter-id-laws-and-trans-people-share-your-story/

Tweet: Discriminatory Voter ID laws may impact trans people. Submit your story of voter suppression or disenfranchisement. http://bit.ly/ywDgfS #lgbt #p2

This will be used to help us prepare for any legal challenge to the new law.

Early Voting runs from July 13 to 28. Election Day is Thursday, August 2.

Save the Dates!

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and the Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University welcome Gautam Raghavan, the White House LGBT Liaison, to Nashville on Sunday, September 9, 7:00 pm, CDT.

Then join the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition at our 8th Annual Dinner on Friday, October 19, featuring Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore.

And Please Save These Other Dates!

Saturday, July 21, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, CDT
Statewide Summer Meeting
Nashville
Contact TTPC for directions and to RSVP.

Monday, August 6
P-FLAG Franklin

Saturday, August 18
P-FLAG Tennessee-Kentucky ConferenceNashville

September 20-23
Southern Comfort Conference
Atlanta

Saturday, October 6
Mid-South Pride Festival
Memphis

Sunday, October 7
Tennessee Valley Pride
Chattanooga

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State and local levels. Founded in 2003, TTPC is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.