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On a peculiar not, Gaines did not state this name and address. Just his name. The other pastor did not abide by that chamber rule as well, and no council member saw to it that it was corrected. Also on the odd side of things, Gaines was asked to the front to speak by the head of the council before the amendment was even added.
Thanks sooooooo much for the media attention for the Event last Friday!!! You are the BEST!!!!!!!! xoxoxox
I worked in retail part-time for many years (GAP & Banana Republic). I have to be honest when I say that GAP inc really tries to establish a welcoming working/retail environment for anyone regardless of age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. I have always hoped they would push more for social change when it comes to LGBT rights and I do think that if they sent one T-shirt in every size to every store they would be able to determine if it would find a market. I've seen some darn ugly (and gorgeous) T-shirt designs come and go off the shelves of GAP stores and I think they need to be brave and just stock a small amount everywhere to truly gage if there is a desire for this sort of product.
If this passes I want a "don't say any words that might be referencing something a gay person contributed to history" in school... then heck, expand it to "don't say any words" in school. no words. Just let the kids sit and stare at each other. What a delightful learning experience we are developing by letting conservative legislature decide what should be spoken about in school... how low can we go...
Paul has been more supportive of everything and anything that will aid in making Memphis/Downtown an amazing progressive place for city dwellers and suburbanites alike. He has been a friend and an ally to all gay issues. period. I am the person that runs MemphisLovesGays.com and when I sent out many emails requesting interviews that would display city leaders publicly supporting LGBT equality Paul was the first to raise his voice and bravely declare Downtown Memphis a great place for progressive thought and for LGBT people and families to live and thrive. Speaking ill of his positive actions only shows that you might be more of a problem than an aid for solution, Count. I use my real name because I am proud of all I do and say. If you do the same maybe I might suggest others listening to what you have to debate. Paul Morris is a GREAT leader and one of my personal heros. Cheers to him for his brave, selfless actions in defense of LGBT people of Memphis.
If you feel so strongly about LGBT issues please see me at the next TEP meeting next month. (TNEP.org for dates and details).
Strongly & Firmly,
Michael J. Hildebrand
Thank you Bianca!!! You are seriously the BEST!
Concerning Gay Rights in Memphis to the Mayor of Memphis:
I spoke last night at the end of the city council and thought I should share with you the same points.
I am an openly gay man here in memphis. Not everyone has the luxury of strength that I have. Not everyone works in an environment where I am cherished not just for what I can provide the firm I work for but also for who I am and who shares my life with me. I expect acceptance from this city. I expect you to use reason and understanding and allow me all the same rights as any other individual. Since not everyone has my situation, and trust me almost no one I know does in this city, I expect to you to acknowledge the discrimination of gay women and men in this city and I expect protection of those weaker than me.
I have waited more than a long time for a bit of common sense to come to the government of memphis concerning gay rights. My love for my boyfriend is not a sin and will never be a sin. If citizens of this city choose to believe things unwarrented that is their right. With that said, I want my right to live as an openly gay man. It is NO ONES RIGHT to tell me that I should be oppressed and that my love is anything other than pure and natural.
Be the change needed in this city, do not play politics with my life.
(if you would like to see my statement to the city council use the link below and fast forward past the man praying at 05:28:00)
Thank you for your time.
Michael J. Hildebrand | firstname.lastname@example.org
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