News of the Week from Tennessee Equality Project
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LGBT Pride March in Millington
Celebrate Pride in Upper Cumberland
Will HB600 be repealed?
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Join equality advocates and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry in opposing discrimination against LGBT workers. Sign and share our petition in support of SB2762 which will repeal last year's workplace discrimination law.
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News and Events in Tennessee

April is expected to be the final month that the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. House and Senate Committees are begining to end their committee work as the end of the session approaches.

These last few weeks of the session are important ones. There are a number of bills that TEP continues to monitor that could affect the lives of LGBT people and their families in Tennessee. We're doing our best to lobby against negative legislation and support positive legislation.

We continue our appeal to you to make a deeper commitment to full equality for LGBT people in Tennessee by becoming a sustaining donor.

If you've already become a sustaining donor, thank you!

If you've not become a sustaining donor, we challenge you to commit to promoting equality at home in Tennessee. With a monthly pledge of $5, $10, $15, $20 or $25, you can ensure a strong voice for LGBT people and their familes in State government.

In the meantime, there's much to look forward to in the life TEP in the coming weeks.
TEP Supports Worldwide LGBT March in Millington
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Tennessee Equality Project is proud to support the LGBT Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March in Millington, Tennessee (in Shelby County, north of Memphis) on Saturday, April 21 from 10:30 am to 5 pm.


The March will begin and end at the  VFW Post 7175 at 4681 Cuba-Millington Road.


We invite you to participate in this historic march --- the very first of its kind in Millington.

TEP's Shelby County Steering Committee is recruiting volunteers for a TEP information table. If you'd like to help, please contact Jonathan Cole at
Celebrate Upper Cumberland Pride 2012 with TEP
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: Saturday, May 5, 2012
TIME: 4-7 pm
LOCATION: Dogwood Park, Cookeville, TN
MORE: For a complete list of sponsors & vendors, stage schedule, and other information visit

Time to Party!


Join us after the sun goes down for the official UC Pride after party, hosted by Cookeville's one-and-only Off Broad located at 185 Miller Road. We'll toast our success and celebrate the diversity of the UpperCumberland!


Want to make a difference?

Volunteers are needed for UC Pride! If you are available to work anytime between the hours of 12 noon and 8 pm on May 5, please email

Donations can be made to the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation in care of UC Pride by visiting

Purple Posse at NUVO Burrito on April 25 in Nashville 

Join the Purple Posse for drinks and a relaxed time with TEP friends at NUVO Burrito. Connect for equality. Straight allies are welcome! 
DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
TIME: 6 - 8 pm
LOCATION: 1000 Main Street, #103, Nashville, TN 37206
Stand Up for Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances

At this point, we believe Sen. Jim Kyle's bill (SB2762) will be heard by the State and Local Government Committee in Room 12 at Legislative Plaza on Tuesday at 10:30 am.


This bill will restore Metro Nashville's Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance and return authority in procurement to all cities and counties around the state. 


If you live in the Nashville area or will be visiting, we encourage you to attend the hearing in support of the bill. Let us know you are coming at this link.

We hope you can join us at any of the above events. Stay tuned for updates and action alerts from Tennessee Equality Project as we look forward to the end of this legislative session. 

Thanks for all you do to advance equality. 








Jonathan Cole

President and Chair
Tennessee Equality Project

Tennessee Equality Project is committed to advancing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in the State of Tennessee.