The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) is among the honorees at the first annual Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) "Olympus" fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at the Parthenon in Nashville.
The honorees, which also include Metro Nashville and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, were chosen for their role in advancing equality in the state.
Since 1989, the MGLCC has provided programs and support for LGBT Memphians, and it partners with other agencies for free HIV testing. The organization also has a strong program for helping LGBT youth.
Rogero was chosen because she led the effort to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects Knoxville city government employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and ethnicity. That was the first such ordinance to pass unanimously in Tennessee.
Metro Nashville is being honored for passing two inclusive non-discrimination ordinances — one in 2009 protecting Metro government employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
identity and another in 2011 protecting employees of Metro contractors from discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The "Olympus" fund-raiser runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table. For more information, go here.