Some Nashville members of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently made a trip to Washington D.C. to visit with national elected officials.
Nine people from Nashville were part of the HRC annual board meeting and steering committee/membership training. Attending from Nashville were Jeremy Davis, Matt Dillman, Deidre Duker, Maria Salas, J. Noble, Jeff Rymer, David Taylor, Peter Nielson and Rob Sikorski.
The meeting drew more than 500 people from across the United States and is one of the largest events that brings together HRC board members, steering committee members and other volunteers.
“There is another board meeting in October as well, paired with the national dinner,” said Sikorski. “Part of the visit also included lobby day.”
Sikorski said the group met with staff members from Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tennessee) office and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee).
“We personally met with Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee),” he added. “He was very supportive and indicated he would co-sponsor both ENDA and the hate crimes legislation.”
Sikorski said he was pleased with the large number of people that attended the sessions and the favorable reception he received from lawmakers.
“Everyone was cordial and understood the impact that we have as a community on the national scene,” he said.
Sikorski said he would like to see ENDA and hate crimes legislation passed and then turn the focus to repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”