TTPC Welcomes New President, Urges Swift Passage of ENDA
This Tuesday, we will watch as history is made when Barack Obama of Illinois is inaugurated as the nation’s 44th President of the United States. During the hard fought campaign, President-Elect Obama pledged his support for equal rights legislation, including a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
We all need to work together to ensure that an ENDA emerges from Congress that bans discrimination against all Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We also need to make sure that Congress understands that we will not accept any non-discrimination legislation that does not cover all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. If the contributions of all LGBT persons are valued in the workplace, then it reduces the risk of a person being forced to survive on the streets, making them more vulnerable to hate crimes or sexually transmitted diseases.
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition asks that you contact your members of Congress this week and tell them about the importance of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Your message can be short and simple: Let them know you are a constituent and that you support the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would ban discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Please contact both of Tennessee’s Senators, Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R),
and your Representative and tell them you want to them to support one ENDA that covers all Americans, and to reject any ENDA that leaves anyone behind:
We know how useful it would be to have a strong, national law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. With your support, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition will keep making the case for equality for all people, but we all have to make the case for equality to members of Congress so they will enact the laws we need.
Official Invitation to Inauguration Watch Party
Hosts: OutCentral, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Brothers & Sisters United
Location: OutCentral, 1709 Church Street
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
We would love for you to join us as we celebrate the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America. Since many of us will be working when the official activities occur, we will be showing the inauguration — especially the address — on our new large screen. Light refreshments and wine will be served.
Jim Hawk, Executive Director
1709 Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
OutCentral, Inc. | P.O. Box 331935 | 1709 Church Street | Nashville | TN | 37203
Kick off 2009 on a positive note by voting:
Amendment #1 AGAINST ratification
Amendment #2 AGAINST ratification
Election Day is Thursday, January 22.
English is the official language here, all this change does is send a message about our city.
Now is not the time to send a message of intolerance that will hurt business recruitment and drive away tourists. Nashville is a friendly city, let’s keep it that way.
Please help us defeat these amendments.
TAKE YOUR FRIENDS AND GO VOTE THURSDAY!
And don’t forget these other important events coming up:
Saturday, January 24, Memphis—Lobbying 101. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis at 3715 Central Ave in Memphis. Learn how to advocate equality with your lawmakers. Contact ShelbyCounty@TnEqualityProject.com for more information or find it on Facebook.
Sunday, January 25, Knoxville—Lobbying 101. 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com
Tuesday, January 27, Nashville—Lobbying 101 for the Vanderbilt University Community.
6:30 p.m., in the Sarratt Student Center, in Room 216 (the Rand Function Room) on campus.
Friday, January 30, Nashville–TTPC Statewide Membership Meeting, at 7 pm. We will elect officers, and plan strategy for 2009, including equal rights ordinances in Memphis and Nashville, statewide legislation affecting LGBT people, and for federal legislation including a fully inclusive ENDA and Hate Crimes legislation.
Tuesday, February 17, Nashville– Tennessee Equality Project’s 5th Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. Join LGBT people and supporters from across the state as we meet with state legislators and discuss issues of importance such as Hate Crimes, Birth Certificates, Adoption Rights, Civil Unions, Education, and Voting Rights. We will convene at 8:30 a.m., at the Rymer Gallery, located at 233 Fifth Avenue North.