SEX ED BILL ON 4th ANNUAL ADVANCING EQUALITY DAY ON THE HILL

***Action Alert***

We have just learned that one of the major bills that the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is opposing this year is on a subcommittee calendar next week..

The House K-12 Subcommittee has placed HB2997 on the calendar for Tuesday, February 19. The House K-12 Subcommittee meets 10:30 to Noon in Legislative Plaza Room 30.. The bill would prevent teachers from discussing any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality. This bill limits academic freedom and intellectual curiosity. It is Item #30 on the calendar, so there is a chance they may not get to it.

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/HB2997.pdf

The sponsor of this bill, Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) has made it clear in a recent interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal that he wants to silence teachers in Tennessee from discussing all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/feb/13/lawmaker-wants-to-play-it-03/

The members of the K-12 subcommittee are:

Joe Towns,(D-Memphis), Chair
Richard Montgomery, (R-Sevierville), Vice Chair
Tommie Brown, (D-Chattanooga)
Harry Brooks, (R-Knoxville)
Beth Harwell, (R-Nashville)
Ulysses Jones, (D-Memphis)
Mark Maddox, (D-Dresden)
Gerald McCormick, (R-Chattanooga)
Larry Turner, (D-Memphis)
Les Winnngham, (D-Huntsville)

If you live in their district, contact them immediately and tell them to vote NO on HB2997.

Of course, Tuesday, February 19 just happens to be Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. Please join members of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) as we support the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) in the 4th Annual Advancing Equality Day On The Hill, a day in which members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and allies meet with State Legislators in Nashville to express our views on proposed legislation affecting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community.

Monday, February 18, 2008

3:30-5:30
Candidate Training, Presented by Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Red Restaurant (at Tribe), 1517 Church Street, Nashville

6-8 pm
Welcoming Reception
Red Restaurant (at Tribe), 1517 Church Street, Nashville

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

8:00 am Registration & Light Refreshments
8:30 am Legislative Briefing
Special Guest: State Representative Sherry Jones (D-Nashville)
Rymer Art Gallery, 219 6th Avenue North, Nashville

9:30 am Legislative Appointments and Committee Meetings
Legislative Plaza & War Memorial Building
Nashville

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