The Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLBTCC) endorsed today a statement from the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) calling for equal access, equal opportunity, and equal protection for all people in Tennessee.
The TEP statement calls on the state of Tennessee to "protect individuals and groups from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, education, financing and public accommodations." It also expresses a support for all Tennesseans and serves as a reminder of the international Human Rights Day, which will be commemorated Saturday, Dec. 10.
"The NGLBTCC is representative of Tennessee’s diverse group of hard-working GLBT citizens who have helped the state build a strong business community," said NGLBTCC President Michael Fluck. "The GLBT community in Tennessee provides a wide pool of talented employees who deserve basic fairness and equal protection when being considered for employment. We fully support this statement from the Tennessee Equality Project and we want to reiterate the fact that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity hinders individual achievement as well as economic growth and should be stopped by our local government."
A celebration in honor of Human Rights Day will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Nashville Downtown Public Library. The event is free and open to the general public and will feature various speakers and film showings.
For more information or to become involved with this year’s celebration, visit http://www.nashvillehumanrights.org.