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TTPC: Back-to-School Review of Last Year’s Transphobic, Homophobic Events

Press release from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; July 31, 2012: 

Across the state of Tennessee, several school districts start the 20112-2013 school year this week. The past year saw a plethora of transphobic and homophobic actions in every part of Tennessee, and at least four LGBT identified students committed suicide.

Cheatham County
One of the smallest school districts had two LGBT identified students commit suicide in the past year due to incidents of bullying. Sadly, when a group of students and adults asked the school board to strengthen their anti bullying policy, the school board sat in stony silence during their testimony, and only responded positively when the school board attorney assured them that their policy was “adequate.”

Hardin County
The Southern Poverty Law Center was forced to step in and defend a student at Hardin County High School who wished to wear pro-equality slogans on her clothing.

Henderson County
A male student at Lexington High School was suspended for wearing makeup in an attempt to impose conformity in gender expression.

Loudon County
After student at Lenoir City High School published an article in the yearbook titled “It’s OK to be Gay,” the Loudon County School Board chair called for a criminal investigation of the faculty advisor for permitting such talk of tolerance of diversity.

McMinn County
A female high school student was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound in Athens after reports of bullying.

Monroe County
A 17 year old student at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, was physically assaulted by his principal last week for wearing a T-shirt in support of efforts to establish a gay-straight alliance club on campus.

Smith County
Phillip Parker of Gordonsville commited suicide after reports of bullying. His death was publicly announced at an anti-bullying conference in Cookeville.

Wilson County
Attempts by a student to organize a Gay Straight Alliance at Wilson Central High School were publicly rebuffed by both the Wilson County School Director and the Wilson County School Board Chair.

Despite the bad news, there have been some positives this past year. Putnam County became only the fourth school district in the state, after Memphis, Metro Nashville, and Knox County, to adopt a fully inclusive, anti-bullying policy, students in Sumner County organized a “NoH8 Campaign,” and several Legislative Interns working in the General Assembly posted their own It Gets Better video in the midst of the most anit-LGBT legislative session in the state’s history.

As we begin the new school year, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition urges all to be proactive in pushing your local school board to address the epidemic of bullying LGBT students. Every student should feel safe at school and have the opportunity to express themselves without fear of harrassment.

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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.

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TN Transgender Coalition on ‘Crazy’ Legislative Session

Newsletter from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; May 4, 2012:

Knoxville Bans Discrimination; Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is pleased that the Knoxville City Council passed the proposed non discrimination ordinance unanimously. We appreciate all of you who stepped up by contacting your Council members and urging them to ban discrimination in City Government against transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees. We especially wish to express our gratitude to the Mayor, Madeleine Rogero, for her inspired leadership on this issue. Knoxville now joins a list of approximately 200 cities around the country, including Metro Nashville, that have banned such discrimination. Tracked 120 bills and was active lobbying on a number of issues.

The “Crazy” Session Finally Ends

The 2nd Session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Earlier this year, Governor Bill Haslam described many of the bills being debated as “crazy.” We could not agree with him more. During the session, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) tracked 120 bills and was active lobbying on a number of issues.

Education: TTPC worked against a bill which would have banned public school teachers from discussing sexual diversity. We also opposed a substitute bill which would place new restrictions on the Family Life Curriculum. We were part of a broad coalition of opponents against both bills which included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), and the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee. The former but died in the House, but the latter passed and was sent to the Governor. We also opposed two bills to require parental permission to join student clubs. One died in a Senate committee, but the former passed and was sent to the Governor. TTPC also opposed bills which would have provided religious exemptions for bullying. One was amended to remove the offensive language. TTPC also opposed bills that would permit official recognition of religious organizations in Tennessee schools that discriminate. The version for Colleges and Universities was passed, but was vetoed by Governor Haslam on May 2. The version for High Schools passed in the Senate, but died in the House.

Employment: TTPC fought in support of a bill that would repeal the ban on local non-discrimination ordinances, such as the one adopted by Nashville in 2011. Unfortunately, that effort failed in a Senate committee. TTPC also opposed proposed efforts to extend the local government bans to additional benefits, which which include full health care coverage for transgender workers and domestic partner benefits for couples. That legislation did not move in 2012. TTPC will continue to work against discrimination in the workplace.

Family Issues:There were no bills in 2012 to restrict the rights of LGBT residents to adopt. TTPC will continue to monitor this issue and will oppose any efforts to prevent LGBT Tennesseans from have loving families.

Hate Crimes: TTPC had SB314 by Senator Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis), and HB188 by Representatives Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) and Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville), which would add gender identity or expression to the Hate Crimes Penalty Enhancement Act of 2000. Our list of allies includes the NAACP, NOW, the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and TEP. A House subcommittee was not yet ready to protect the lives of Transgender Tennesseans in 2012.

Health Care: TTPC continued to educate legislators on the need to expand health care coverage to all Tennesseans, and to ensure that coverage was not denied to anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, or gender expression.

Personal Documents: TTPC strenuously opposed a bill that would permit harassment of transgender, gender variant, and gender non conforming persons who use public facilities. Because of this, the bill was withdrawn in the Senate. We will continue to fight any effort to move this bill in the future. TTPC was also part of a broad effort to repeal the new law requiring Photo Identification to vote, because we believe this legislation will disfranchise transgender voters. The coalition included the ACLU, AFL-CIO, Center for Independent Living, Common Cause, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, NAACP of Nashville, NAACP of Tennessee, Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, Tennessee Citizen Action, Tennessee Mental Health Consumer Association, and Urban EpiCenter. The repeal effort failed in a Senate committee.

Birth Certificates: TTPC had SB313 by Senator Marrero, and HB187 by Representatives Richardson and Michael Kernell (D-Memphis), which would permit gender changes on birth certificates. We held a hearing on the bill on March 13, but a majority of committee members were not yet ready to lift the ban. We will continue working with our sponsors and allies to get this important legislation passed in 2012.

Relationships: The House Republican Caucus announced in late 2008 that they would push a bill to ban recognition of civil unions. No such bill was introduced in 2011 or 2012. TTPC previously opposed this legislation in 2004, and is prepared to oppose any such bill in the future.

The 1st Session of the 108th General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. TTPC will continue to work for equal rights legislation including transgender persons, and will continue to oppose any legislation denying equal rights to all.

Marisa Richmond, President

 

And Please Save These Other Dates!

Saturday, May 5, 4 to 7 pm CDT
Upper Cumberland Pride
Dogwood Park
30 East Broad Street
Cookeville

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm, EDT
Community Forum
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City

Saturday, June 16
Nashville Pride
Riverfront Park
Nashville

Saturday, June 23
Knoxville PrideFest
Knoxville

Saturday, July 21
TTPC Summer Meeting
Nashville

Contact TTPC for information.

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.

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TTPC: ‘Shenanigans’ Ongoing in the General Assembly

Newsletter from the Tennessee Transgender Politcal Coalition; April 6, 2012:

We may have said goodbye to March Madness, but the shenanigans in the Tennessee General Assembly have not yet ended.

Family Life Curriculum and Ban on Teaching Diversity

This Tuesday, April 10, the House Education will hold its final meeting. They are expected to vote on HB 3621 by *Gotto, which would place numerous, ridiculous, restrictions on the family life curriculum. Unfortunately, the Senate version, SB3310 by Johnson, passed yesterday. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition commends Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) for being the only Senator willing to vote No.

The House bill will be heard this week in both the Education Committees. It is intended as a substitute for the equally odious Ban on Teaching Sexual Diversity (a.k.a., Don’t Say Trans/Don’t Say Gay), HB0229 by *Hensley, Dunn, which is also on the agenda.

We urge you to contact members of the House Education Committee and express your opposition to both HB3621 and HB0229, and then join us in Legislative Plaza, Room 16 on Tuesday, April 10, at 10:30 am, CDT:

Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville), Chair

Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), Vice Chair & Bill Co-Sponsor

Joe Carr (R-Lascassas), Secretary & Bill Co-Sponsor

Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville)

Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland)

John DeBerry (D-Memphis)

Lois DeBerry (D-Memphis)

Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville), Bill Co-Sponsor

Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley)

John Forgety (R-Athens)

Ron Lollar (R-Bartlett)

Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville)

Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington)

Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville)

Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro)

John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge), Bill Co-Sponsor

Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville)

John Mark Windle (D-Livingston)

Anti-GSA Bills in Senate Education Committee

On Wednesday, April 11, at 1:00 pm, CDT, the Senate Education Committee will also take up two anti-GSA bill, long fought by TTPC. The first is SB 2488 by Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), which requires schools to notify parents, by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks, of school-associated extracurricular activities. TTPC is joined by school administrators in opposing this bill who recognize that this is an unnecessary and bad bill. The House of Representatives passed the companion bill, HB2548 by 74 to 14, but it is not too late to stop this legislation in the Senate.

The second is HB0432 by Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville). This bill, already passed in the House, will require parents to send permission notes to schools before any student can join any club. This is intended to intimidate and harass anyone wishing to join a Gay-Straight Alliance.

The members of the Senate Education Committee are:

Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Chair

Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), Vice-Chair

Brian Kelsey (R-Collierville), Secretary

Andy Berke (D-Chattanooga)

Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey)

Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville)

Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City)

Jim Summerville (R-Dickson)

Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville)

If you do not know the name of your State Representative, you can Find Your Legislator by clicking here. Feel free to tell your story and educate them about the reality of the lives of their transgender constituents.

State Senate Supports Workplace Discrimination

On Tuesday, the Senate State and Local Government Committee voted down SB2762 by *Kyle, which repeals the “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act” (a.k.a., No CANDO). TTPC fought against that original bill which bans local governments from adopting their own non discrimination ordinances as Metro Nashville has done. The vote on Tuesday was 2 to 6.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition thanks Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) for bringing the bill, and Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) and Joe Haynes, (D-Goodlettsville) for their support as well.

Tennessee Congressman Supports Non-Discrimination Executive Order

With the current leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives also opposed to ending discrimination in the workplace, an online campaign has begun to urge President Obama to sign an Executive Order ending discrimination in federal contracts.

At the beginning of this week, 72 Members of Congress joined the campaign by sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order requiring companies doing business with the U.S. government to have non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.

One of those signatories is Steve Cohen of Memphis.

U.S. Representative Stephen Cohen

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition thanks Congressman Cohen for his continuing support of fairness in the workplace, and we urge the remaining members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to join him in this effort.

2012 Candidates for Federal and State Offices

Yesterday was the filing deadline for candidates to qualify for the August 2 primaries and November 6 General Elections for Federal and State offices, and various local offices. We urge everyone to review the lists of candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Tennessee State Senate, and State House, and actively support those who will stand for equal rights for all.

One race of interest is in Hamilton County for House District 27. There, Representative Richard Floyd , who introduced the Bathroom Harassment Act (SB 2282/HB 2279) earlier this year, and said that he wants to to stomp transgender women, is being challenged in the Republican primary by perennial candidate Basil Marceaux. In 2010, Marceaux received national attention, and an endorsement from Stephen Colbert, because of his unorthodox videos.

We will be watching this race closely.

Happy Passover and Easter

We also wish to say to those of you who will be celebrating Passover or Easter that we hope you have a very good weekend.

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Transgender Political Coalition Rallies Behind Marrero, Richardson Bills

Release from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; Feb. 3, 2011:

Hate Crimes and Birth Certificate Bills Filed

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is pleased to announce that both of our bills have been reintroduced in the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.

This week, SB 0313 by *Marrero (*HB 0187 by *Richardson) was filed, which would provide for amendment of birth certificate to reflect a change in gender. Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the nation with a law that totally bans such changes.

Also filed was SB 0314 by *Marrero (*HB 0188 by *Richardson), which adds as an advisory enhancement factor to sentencing that defendant intentionally chose victim of crime based on gender identity or expression. Passage of this bill will make it easier for state and local authorities to track and prosecute hate crimes against Transgender Tennesseans.

We would like to thank our chief sponsors on both bills, Senator Beverly Marrero, (D-Memphis) and Representative Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis), for their continued support.

We urge Tennessee lawmakers to pass both of these vital pieces of legislation.

TTPC Targets Anti-LGBT Bills in State Legislature

Unfortunately, there are also several bills on file this year that can do a lot of harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Tennesseans:

*SB 0049 by *Campfield/HB 0229 by *Dunn is one such bill. Senator Campfield has been introducing this bill, which would ban the teaching of sexual diversity, for many years. It is anti education and a threat to intellectual freedom. TTPC has consistently opposed this bill in the past and will continue to do so in 2011.

SB0016 by Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro)/HB0007 by Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) & Cameron Sexton (R-Pikeville), would create a new Photo ID to vote, which could effectively disfranchise transgender voters. TTPC, along with several civil liberties and voting rights groups, have fought similar legislation in the past.

SB0113 by Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and others/HB0130 by Debra Maggart & Glen Casada (R-College Grove) would abolishes teachers’ unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional service with local boards of education. In 2008, the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association pushed to have sexual orientation and gender identity added to the non discrimination policy for Metro Nashville Public Schools. To date, Metro Nashville remains the only public school system in Tennessee which bans discrimination against LGBT students, staff, and faculty. We recognize the work of Nashville’s Teachers Union in working for non discrimination language and do not want to have others prevented from doing the same.

TTPC will remain vigilant in identifying any bills we consider harmful towards LGBT people and will fight against any and all of them.

If you do not know the name of your State Senator or Representative, you can Find Your Legislator by clicking here.

7th Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill

As part of this effort, we strongly urge everyone to join TTPC as we support the Tennessee Equality Project’s 7th Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill, on Tuesday, March 1. Join LGBT people and supporters from across the state in Nashville as we meet with state legislators and discuss issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. More details about the event are below.

Wednesday, February 9, 7 pm EST

Lobbying 101

The Church of the Savior

934 N. Weisgarber Rd.

Knoxville, TN

TEP Knox County Committee

Thursday, February 10, 7 pm CST

Lobbying 101

Club Drink

23 Heritage Square

Jackson

TEP Madison County Committee

Saturday, February 12, 4 pm EST

Lobbying 101

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Student Center, Lookout Mountain Room

Chattanooga

TEP Hamilton/Bradley County Committee

Tennessee Equality Project has planned a number of events to enhance your lobbying day experience.

Monday, February 28

GLBT Candidate Training by Shawn Werner of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

For everyone considering a run for elected office in their future.

TEP will offer a reception after the candidate training to welcome all AED participants. Exact times and locations shall be announced.

Tuesday, March 1, 8 to 9 am CST

Coffee and a light breakfast courtesy of the Vanderbilt Lambda Association.

The Rymer Gallery

233 Fifth Avenue North

Tuesday, March 1

7th Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill

Legislative Plaza and War Memorial Building

Nashville

organized by Tennessee Equality Project

Metro Nashville Contract Accountability Non Discrimination Ordinance Deferred

As expected, BILL NO. BL2011-838, which would ban discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of contractors in Metro Nashville and Davidson County, was deferred on Second Reading until Tuesday, February 15 by voice vote.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) wishes to thank the 22 members of the Metro Nashville Council who voted on January 18 to support the bill on First Reading.

Opponents of equality and fairness are working hard to defeat this latest effort to end discrimination. Those who believe in equality and fairness are also working hard to demonstrate support.

Every resident of Davidson County is represented by the five At-Large Members, who all voted Yes on Tuesday: Tim Garrett, Megan Barry, Charlie Tygard, Ronnie Steine, and Jerry Maynard, II. Please contact them and thank them for standing against discrimination, and ask them to continue supporting this important piece of legislation through the remaining votes.

If your District Councilmember voted Yes on January 18, please contact them and thank them as well for standing against discrimination, and ask them to continue supporting this important piece of legislation through the remaining votes. If you are not certain of the name of your District Councilmember, click on http://findwhereivote.nashville.gov/ to find your district number.

Even if your Councilmember did not vote Yes, we still need you to contact them and express your support for ending discrimination in Metro Nashville contract work.

Then, please join us at the next Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, February 15, at 6:30 pm, for the Second Reading of the Ordinance. The Metro Council chamber is in the Metro Courthouse on the 2nd Floor.

Marisa Richmond

President

And Please Save These Other Dates!

March 13 to 15 (new dates!)

Congressional Lobby Days

Washington, DC

organized by the National Center for Transgender Equality

Saturday, July 23, 6:00 pm CDT

TTPC Summer Meeting

Nashville

Contact TTPC for information.

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.

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Coalition Targets ‘Anti-LGBT’ Bills

Press Release from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition; Jan. 27, 2011:

Belmont and Transgender

Yesterday afternoon, the Administration at Belmont University announced an update to their non discrimination policy. While the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) applauds Belmont for adding sexual orientation to the policy, we are deeply disappointed that they chose not to include gender identity or expression in the policy. This means that discrimination against transgender and gender non conforming students, staff, faculty, and alumni at Belmont will continue.

The Adminstration’s refusal at this time to include all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Belmont family is especially noteworthy since Belmont’s neighbor, Vanderbilt University, has added gender identity or expression to its non discrimination policy, and even Tennessee State University just across town is covered by the Tennessee Board of Regents’ policy which is also fully inclusive.

Belmont could have joined many other schools, both public and private, across Tennessee and around the nation in covering all LGBT people, but they chose not to do so.

This means that transgender and gender non conforming faculty and staff could still face disciplinary action, including firing from their jobs, if they come out of the closet. Transgender and gender non conforming students could face on-campus harrassment simply because of their gender identity or gender expression without retribution. Transgender and gender non conforming alumni will likely continue to face rejection if they attempt to update their transcripts to match their new genders.

We will continue to urge Belmont to join the other institutions of higher learning in adding gender identity or expression to their non discrimination policy, and we urge all members of the Belmont family not to be content as long as discrimination against transgender and gender non conforming students, staff, faculty, and alumni is permitted.

Contract Accountability Non Discrimination Ordinance Advances

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) wishes to thank the 22 members of the Metro Nashville Council who voted on January 18 to continue the process of banning discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of contractors in Metro Nashville and Davidson County.

The bill now moves to the Personnel Committee for review. Bill sponsors have announced that they will move to defer the Second Reading until Tuesday, February 15.

Opponents of equality and fairness are working hard to defeat this latest effort to end discrimination. Those who believe in equality and fairness are also working hard to demonstrate support.

Every resident of Davidson County is represented by the five At-Large Members, who all voted Yes on Tuesday: Tim Garrett, Megan Barry, Charlie Tygard, Ronnie Steine, and Jerry Maynard, II. Please contact them and thank them for standing against discrimination, and ask them to continue supporting this important piece of legislation through the remaining votes.

If your District Councilmember voted Yes on January 18, please contact them and thank them as well for standing against discrimination, and ask them to continue supporting this important piece of legislation through the remaining votes. If you are not certain of the name of your District Councilmember, click on http://findwhereivote.nashville.gov/ to find your district number.

Even if your Councilmember did not vote Yes, we still need you to contact them and express your support for ending discrimination in Metro Nashville contract work.

Then, please join us at the next Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, February 15, at 6:30 pm, for the Second Reading of the Ordinance. The Metro Council chamber is in the Metro Courthouse on the 2nd Floor.

TTPC Targets Anti-LGBT Bills in State Legislature

With the return of the Tennessee General Assembly, bills that could harm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Tennesseans are now being filed as expected. TTPC has already begun to identify several bills of concern:

SB0049 by Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville). This is not a new bill. Senator Campfield has been introducing this bill, which would ban the teaching of sexual diversity, for many years. It is anti education and a threat to intellectual freedom. TTPC has consistently opposed this bill in the past and will continue to do so in 2011.

SB0016 by Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro)/HB0007 by Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) & Cameron Sexton (R-Pikeville), would create a new Photo ID to vote, which could effectively disfranchise transgender voters. TTPC, along with several civil liberties and voting rights groups, have fought similar legislation in the past.

SB0113 by Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and others/HB0130 by Debra Maggart & Glen Casada (R-College Grove) would abolishes teachers’ unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional service with local boards of education. In 2008, the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association pushed to have sexual orientation and gender identity added to the non discrimination policy for Metro Nashville Public Schools. To date, Metro Nashville remains the only public school system in Tennessee which bans discrimination against LGBT students, staff, and faculty. We recognize the work of Nashville’s Teachers Union in working for non discrimination language and do not want to have others prevented from doing the same.

TTPC will remain vigilant in identifying any bills we consider harmful towards LGBT people and will fight against any and all of them.

In addition to many more discriminatory bills, we do expect to have the birth certificate and hate crimes bills reintroduced in the next few days.

OutLoud! Bookstore is Closing

The Board and Membership of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is saddened by the closing of one of our corporate sponsors, OutLoud! Bookstore in Nashville.

Over the years, OutLoud! has been an important resource for information and fellowship for the entire LGBT community in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. They are in the final days of their closing sale, so you still have a few days left to find that special item of interest.

We thank the owners, Kevin and Ted, for all that they have done for Nashville’s LGBT community, and we wish them and their employees all the best.

Marisa Richmond

President

And Please Save These Other Dates!

Wednesday, February 9, 7 pm EST

Lobbying 101

The Church of the Savior

934 N. Weisgarber Rd.

Knoxville, TN

TEP Knox County Committee

Tuesday, March 1

7th Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill

Nashville

organized by Tennessee Equality Project

March 13 to 15 (new dates!)

Congressional Lobby Days

Washington, DC

organized by the National Center for Transgender Equality

Saturday, July 23, 6:00 pm CDT

TTPC Summer Meeting

Nashville

Contact TTPC for information.

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.