Join TEP for ‘Advancing Equality Day on the Hill’

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By Jonathan Cole
Shelby County Committee of TEP

Tennessee Equality Project’s fifth annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill in Nashville is nearly upon us. On Tuesday, February 17 citizens from across the state will converge on Legislative Plaza and encounter some changes.

We face renewed attacks on GLBT rights in the Legislature this year. Sen. Paul Stanley (R-Cordova) re-filed an adoption ban bill on Jan. 29 that "prohibits any individual who is cohabitating in a sexual relationship outside of a marriage that is valid under the constitution and laws of this state from adopting a minor." Please join us on the Hill to tell Sen. Stanley and other lawmakers that this bill hurts Tennessee children and families.

Plan early to take a day off from work or school to meet with your legislators in Nashville. It’s a sacrifice, but it is the kind of effort that makes a difference. If you can’t attend, write your House Representative and Senator to let them know you oppose SB0078

Participants will gather at the Rymer Gallery at 233 5th Avenue North (in Nashville) on the morning of AED at 8:30 a.m. for a brief orientation before taking the short walk to Legislative Plaza.

If you plan to stay overnight in Nashville on Monday, join your friends at Tribe for food, fun and a beverage or two (beginning at 7 p.m.). TEP has booked a special group rate of $99 (+ taxes) at the DoubleTree Hotel at 315 4th Avenue North. Call 1-800-222-8733 or 1-615-244-8200 before February 3 to make your reservation at the special rate and mention you are with "Tennessee Equality Project."