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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Become a grassroots leader for equality in Tennessee

Open your home and invite your
friends to a House Party for TEP
Tennessee Equality Project is partnering with people like you across the state to host house parties to raise money, volunteers and awareness about the struggle for equality. We need to spread the word that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people deserve the same chance to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their community, and take care of the ones they love.

Become a grass roots leader among equality advocates in your community by hosting a House Party for TEP. Each one of us has friends and/or family who will support us in this effort. Let's draw upon them to form Host Committees and transform Tennessee from one end of the state to the other.

Plan your event before the legislature ends its session in late spring and choose one or more of the bills that TEP is currently tracking in the state legislature as a focus. Tennessee Equality Project is supporting positive legislation in the 107th Tennessee General Assembly that would:

  • Strengthen anti-bullying initiatives in Tennessee’s K-12 schools
  • Repeal a current state law which prohibits amendment of gender on birth certificates
  • Add gender identity or expression to current State hate crime law
  • Add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to current human rights law
TEP is also opposing negative bills in this legislative session that would:

  • Ban local governments from enacting non-discrimination provisions for their communities
  • Prohibit age-appropriate discussion and materials about homosexuality in public schools
  • Provide special protections for school bullying based on religious or political bias.

Be creative. Whether your event is large or small, we can all do our part to support the advancement and protection of equality of LGBT people and their families in Tennessee. 

To learn more about hosting a House Party in your community, review Tennessee Equality Project's House Party Kit or contact Jonathan Cole at or 901-301-3306 for more information.

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