Tennessee Equality Project has released the schedule for its Eighth Annual Advancing Equality Day on the Hill.
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, advocates from across the state will converge on Nashville’s Legislative Plaza from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to raise awareness for workplace equality and safer schools for members and youth of the LGBT community.
The event’s activities will begin the prior afternoon at 4:00 with a presentation on policy advocacy and the best practices to be used when meeting with lawmakers. Following this information session by TEP and Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition representatives, there will be a Rally for Equality held at 5:30 p.m. outside the Nashville Courthouse near Legislative Plaza. Pro-equality lawmakers and community leaders will be present at the event which will also feature performances by Nashville in Harmony. A welcome reception for Advancing Equality Day will immediately follow at Canvas Lounge.
For the main event on March 13, participants are encouraged to make appointments with their state representative or senator. During these appointments, advocates can express their concerns over recent legislation and request a new amendment be added to HB0229 prohibiting bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.