Jonathan Cole, chairman of the Tennessee Equality Project, has been named one of "12 Who Made a Difference" by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The newspaper recognizes 12 of the men, women and children who used their time, skills and energy this year to make Greater Memphis a better place to live. For the seventh year, members of the newspaper’s staff nominated individuals whose contributions to the community have been highlighted through stories in The Commercial Appeal. The newspaper’s editorial board chose the 12 individuals profiled.
"Equality for gay and lesbian people is perhaps one of the last human rights battles to be fought," says Commercial Appeal reporter Wendi C. Thomas. "Locally, Jonathan Cole has led the charge…In Memphis and across Tennessee, (Cole) is on the front line of battle for equal rights for gays and lesbians."