Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Friday, June 20, 2014

TEP PAC Endorsements for Shelby County Government on August 7

TEP PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsements of candidates running for offices in Shelby County government in the August 7, 2014 election. TEP PAC encourages you to vote for, volunteer for, and contribute to these equality advocates (click names with links for candidate information):


MAYOR – Deidre Malone
DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER – Jackie Jackson
DISTRICT 6 COMMISSIONER – Willie Brooks
DISTRICT 8 COMMISSIONER – Walter Bailey
DISTRICT 10 COMMISSIONER – Reginald Milton
DISTRICT 12 COMMISSIONER – Van Turner
DISTRICT 13 COMMISSIONER – M. Jain
SHERIFF – Bill Oldham
DISTRICT 1 SCHOOL BOARD - Freda Garner-William
DISTRICT 3 SCHOOL BOARD - Teddy King
DISTRICT 5 SCHOOL BOARD – David Winston


Each candidate submitted a survey to TEP PAC for review and asked for TEP PAC’s endorsement. All candidates for Shelby County Mayor, Sheriff, Board of Commissioners, Clerk and School Board were invited to participate in the survey by letters mailed to the address listed on their petitions with the Shelby County Election Commission.


Early Voting begins July 18, 2014 at 157 Poplar Avenue and continues through August 2, 2014. Visit the Shelby County Election Commission website for more details about the full August 7 ballot and voting locations, dates and times.


Yours for equality,


H.G. Stovall
TEP PAC Chair

TEP PAC is a state political action committee registered in Tennessee (Joyce Peacock, Treasurer). The endorsements of TEP PAC do not necessarily represent the views of the board of the Tennessee Equality Project.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shelby County Schools quietly enacted LGBT-inclusive protections in June of 2013


Did you know that when the Memphis City Schools were absorbed into the Shelby County School system, MCS students lost enumerated anti-bullying protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression?

Anti-bullying protections weren't fully enumerated in Shelby County School policy at the time of unification.

In response, Tammy Ferguson Green (mother of a Shelby County School student) and Bri Kirwan (a Shelby County School student) spoke to the unified Memphis and Shelby County School Board on September 27, 2012 to urge revision of the anti-bullying policy.

Guess what? They listened.

It appears that the policy was quietly revised in June 2013 to include LGBT-inclusive protections against bullying.

Thanks Tammy! Thanks Bri!

Watch their presentation from September 27, 2012 below: