Thursday, September 17, 2009
TEP endorses National Equality March
The Tennessee Equality Project endorses the National Equality March. We support the stated goal of "Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states."
It is our hope that the National Equality March inspires new activists to work for equality in ways that advance vital policy goals. In Tennessee, our hate crimes statute excludes gender identity and expression. We have no protections from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We lack any form of relationship recognition unless our employer chooses
to provide partner benefits.
At a time when our professional lobbying and citizen engagement
efforts are bearing fruit, we see fresh opportunities to pass state
and local legislation that makes life better for our community. In
that spirit, we invite the participants in the March to become
actively involved in the movement to advance equality in Tennessee when they return.