Transgender Coalition Recaps Recent Political Activities

Press Release from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; July 13, 2011:

TTPC Second Quarter Report

April to June 2011

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition lobbied members of the Tennessee General Assembly during the current session. Worked to pass legislation to add “gender identity or expression” to the Sentencing Enhancement statute, and to permit gender changes on Tennessee Birth Certificates, and against legislation that would discriminate against LGBT persons, including legislation that would silence teachers from discussing sexual diversity, destroy Gay-Straight Alliances, destroy teachers’ unions, and opposed all Voter ID bills which would disfranchise transgender voters.

Signed on as a co-plaintiff in Howe v. Haslam to defend the right of local governments to adopt non discrimination legislation.

Continued lobbying Members of Congress and educating the public as part of the United ENDA campaign in support of the Employment Non Discrimination Act and opposing attempts to remove gender identity or expression from employment protections, as well as lobbying in favor of equal rights for all LGBT persons.

Worked in support of the Metro Nashville Contract Non Discrimination Ordinance, which passed on April 5, and was signed by the Mayor on April 8.

Participated in Multicultural Studies event at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale on April 7.

Appeared on Open Line television show from Nashville on April 12.

Spoke to Vanderbilt University Law School class about GenderIdentity and the Law, in Nashville on April 13.

Spoke to class at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, on April 28.

Spoke at Tennessee Democratic Party Values Summit in Jackson on May 20.

Appeared on Queer Talk Radio on WRVU in Nashville on May 28.

Appeared on Out and About Today television show on June 10.

Participated in Walk with the Mayor in Nashville on June 11.

TTPC Members with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Photograph courtesy of Seanna Brandmeir.

Participated in panel discussion on the film Two Spirits in Nashville on June 11.

Participated in Nashville Pride on June 18.

Participated in community meeting with Tracy Morgan, organized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), in Nashville on June 21.

Participated inKnoxville PrideFest on June 25.

Attended White House LGBT Pride Reception hosted by the President of the United States in Washington, on June 29.

Upcoming for Third Quarter 2011:

Will have table at Early Voting in Nashville, July 16.

Will participate in Campus Pride in Nashville, on July 21.

Will hold Summer Membership Meeting in Nashville, on July 23.

Will host showing of film Transmen in Chattanooga, on August 7.

Will participate in Equality Federation meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, August 10 to 14.

Will speak to Perpetual Transition in Memphis, on August 22.

Will participate in Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, September 21 to 24.

And Please Save These Other Dates!

Saturday, October 22

TTPC Annual Dinner

Nashville

Details to be announced.

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. TTPC is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.