TTPC President on Out and About Today
This weekend, TTPC President, Dr. Marisa Richmond, will appear on Out & About Today TV show this weekend and the 3rd weekend of January.
Interviewed by host Brent Meredith, Dr. Richmond will discuss the upcoming year, including the new session of the Tennessee General Assembly, and various bills and laws of importance to Tennessee’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
They also discussed Dr. Richmond’s visit to the White House and meeting with President Obama in June 2011.
Out and About Today is broadcast on NewsChannel 5+, which can be found on Nashville Cable Channel 250 or Digital Channel 5.2. The show airs on Fridays at 10 pm, Saturdays at 9:30, and Sundays at 10 pm, all CDT.
News Channel 5+ is also carried on other local cable systems around the state. Check your local listings for details.
Out and About Today is also available online at www.outandaboutnewspaper.com.
Tennessee General Assembly Returns
Next week, on Tuesday, January 10, the Second Session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly returns. For several years, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition has worked hard for equal rights for all, and has opposed many bills that would discriminate against LGBT people. Going into 2012, we already have 60 bills of interest, including the hate crimes and birth certificate bills, and we are looking forward to the introduction, for the first time ever, of a fully inclusive, non discrimination law. In 2011, four states, Hawai’i, Nevada, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, joined a growing list of states to ban discrimination workplace for all LGBT people. In addition, California strengthened its existing law. We feel that it is time for Tennessee to be part of a future that includes equal rights for all.
Of course, there are many members of the General Assembly who prefer to listen to small bands of hateful people, who feel that it is their mission to use government to keep LGBT people oppressed. To that end, we are also commited to continuing our efforts to oppose any and all legislation that discriminates against, or harms, LGBT people, in areas of public safety, education, the workplace, or the voting booth.
TTPC Winter Meeting
Please join the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) in Nashville next Saturday, January 14, at 1:00 pm CST, for TTPC’s Statewide Winter Meeting. We will discuss many issues including the status of the Federal Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), numerous bills in the Tennessee General Assembly, including TTPC’s birth certificate and hate crimes bills, along with numeerous discriminatory bills, as well as updates on various local efforts across the state.
The updates will also include information about the legal case, Howe v. Haslam, in which TTPC is a co-plaintiff to defend the right of local governments to adopt non discrimination legislation.
We will also look ahead at the many elections planned for 2012 as well as electing new officers for 2012.
Contact TTPC for directions.