All Eyes on Tennessee: Legislative Assault on Transgender Students Expected to Move Forward Tomorrow
by Stephen PetersMarch 07, 2016
Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. CT, the Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee is expected to hear HB 2414 – an outrageous bill targeting transgender students in public elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as those in public universities. The measure seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity.
Fair-minded Tennesseans; major national child welfare, medical, and education groups; the Tennessee Equality Project; and the Human Rights Campaign have pleadedwith lawmakers to abandon the discriminatory measure. The proposal is even more egregious than an appalling bill vetoed by Republican South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard just last week.
Ahead of tomorrow’s vote, here’s what you should know about HB 2414:
The legislation targets transgender students in public elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as those in public universities;
The proposal puts Tennessee public schools and universities at risk of litigation and loss of critical federal funds by forcing them into an untenable position of choosing between state and federal law;
The Tennessee bill is even more egregious than the appalling legislation vetoed recently by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard;
Several major national child welfare, medical, and education groups have strongly condemned this type of discriminatory legislation that would further marginalize transgender students;
It ties the hands of school administrators and teachers who would no longer have the flexibility they need to find workable solutions in coordination with transgender students and their parents; and
The bill is being pushed by anti-LGBT extremists from outside Tennessee and addresses no pressing issue concerning Tennessee’s school districts or universities.
More information on the legislation can be found here.
Leave it to a deodorant company to get what so many elected officials in this country can’t quite wrap their heads around — that there is no “one way” to express gender. And while right wing politicians and talking heads spend no shortage of time obsessing over how they, and most importantly their pure and [...]
He believes very strongly that he played his cards just right and should be up to his neck in acts of fellatio. But no. A hapless young chap lays out his tale of woe on Reddit, and it’s a tawdry tale about looking for love in all the right places and still winding up alone — [...]
A man dressed as a construction worker and wielding a sledgehammer and pickax made short work of Donald Trump‘s Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Wednesday morning, leaving it an unrecognizable mess. It now lay in ruins, much like Trump’s campaign. Sparks flew as it was beaten as badly as the man himself in the three presidential [...]
Love and Pride believes every human being is entitled to equal rights.
When you wear Love and Pride, you take a stand for equality.
Love and Pride celebrates the rich diversity of all human beings.
When you wear Love and Pride, you join the celebration.
Love and Pride promotes tolerance and respect for all people regardless of our differences.
When you wear Love and Pride, you help share the message.
Love and Pride is a worldwide venture founded in 2005 to celebrate the transformative powers of passion, creativity and action. The collective dream of a group of artists and entrepreneurs, we invite designers and brands from around the globe to offer their products to you, our friends and family.
Love and Pride is the first of its kind – a premium designer online lifestyle destination for people who believe in equality, diversity and tolerance. Our jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches and other accessories for women and men. To complete your shopping experience, we offer a curated collection of men’s and women’s fashion, design and gift items, beauty, and personal grooming products. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical…our products are always captivating. Join with us to create change, inspire acceptance and make a difference – Look Good, Do Good.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Your purchase makes a difference at Love and Pride. Proceeds from the sales at www.LoveandPride.com are donated to non-profit
organizations that support full equality and civil rights for our community. Our partners, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Human Rights
Campaign and others are shaping a better future for all of us by helping to create a society that is truly diverse and tolerant. Make a fashion and
social statement with Love and Pride!
Marriage Equality USA Award - June 10, 2014
Matthew Shepard Foundation Essential Piece Award
JCK Designer of the year Award
Love and Pride is the creation of Udi Behr, one of today’s most exciting and original jewelry designers. Udi has won acclaim everywhere from
The New York Times to People Magazine for his iconic Love and Pride jewelry, including Designer of the Year honors from Luxury Magazine. His
unforgettable designs have adorned such stars as Pam Grier, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper and Sharon Stone. Udi featured collections for the L word, Queer as Folk, Dexter, True Blood and StarTrek