Monday, February 28, 2011

Advancing Equality on the Hill

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

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On Tuesday, March 1st, equality advocates from across the state will gather in Nashville to meet with lawmakers on LGBT-related legislation.

The annual "Advancing Equality on the Hill" day is sponsored by the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP). Bills of special interest include the "Special Access to Discriminate" Act, which would negatively affect Nashville's non-discrimination ordinance. If passed, the bill has potential to affect the ability of other Tennessee cities seeking to pass future ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT workers from discrimination. This bill will be heard by the Senate State and Local Government committee on March 1st at 10:30 a.m., and equality advocates are encouraged to pack the hearing room.

Another bill would require photo identification for voters, a move that could create problems for transgender voters, as well as the elderly and indigent.

For more information on "Advancing Equality" activities, check out the schedule on TEP's website.

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