Tennessee Equality Project launches speakers bureau

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The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), a statewide organization that promotes the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in Tennessee, has established a speakers bureau to provide information on GLBT issues for the wider community.

Speakers will be available for debates, professional meetings, civic clubs, Sunday School classes, college classes, and a variety of engagements. Housed on the TEP website at http://www.tnep.org/education/speakers/, each speaker has a profile that including the topics that he or she can address, a short biography, and contact information. The site currently offers four speakers with plans to add more in the coming weeks.

According to TEP President Chris Sanders, the idea came about in the wake of the marriage amendment in November.

“We conducted a series of town hall meetings around the state after the marriage discrimination amendment passed," he said. "When we asked the participants what kind of outreach to the broader community they would like to see, one of them said that we ought to establish a speakers bureau.”

Sanders said TEP hopes the speakers bureau can be a bridge that establishes understanding of GLBT concerns for citizens across Tennessee who may have little knowledge of these issues. 

For more information about TEP, go to www.TNEP.org.