UPDATE: May 24 – Tennessee GOP Gov. Signs Anti-Gay LGBT Protections Bill – All Statewide Pro LGBT Ordinances Now Banned.
UPDATE: May 24 – PROOF FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, and 11 Other Companies KNEW They Were Backing Anti-LGBT Legislation In TN
All last week Back2Stonewall.com and AmericaBlog has been reporting on Legislation overturning Nashville’s anti-gay bias ordinance that would also set roadblocks up for any other city in Tennessee to also add LGBT protrections ever again. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce – chaired by Nissan, and whose other board members include such companies as FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare – worked with the religious right to get “The Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act” Bill passed oh so quietly and is now on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration after House members gave final approval.
Now comes to light the anti-gay propaganda commercial that was shown to help push the legislation through the House which insinuates that LGBT people will rape and murder their children.
Yes, that’s what was used to promote the anti-gay/trans legislation that Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare’s chamber of commerce in Tennessee lobbied for. A commercial showing a lecherous man stalking a four year old girl, with the intent to rape or murder her.
And these companies are saying they had no idea the legislation was intended to be anti-gay and anti-trans. It was only legislation intended to repeal a gay/trans civil rights ordinance, and to ban cities in the state from every passing another civil rights ordinance ever again. It was only legislation written by the religious right, and the chief lobbyist was from the religious right. And the ads showed men trying to rape small children. Yes, nothing intended to demean gays or transgender people there.
So this is what Tennessee thinks of us. First teachers can’t say the word “gay” and now this?
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Back2Stoneall.com is calling for a BOYCOTT of the State of Tennessee. Tourism, Products, and Companies by all LGBT’s and our straight allies.
Call the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and tell them of your disgust in their involvement and you will be boycotting the businesses, merchandise and the state of TN if they don;t immediately withdraw their support and if LGBT protections are repealed and the Bill is passed
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
611 Commerce Street, Suite 3030
Nashville, TN 37203-3742
And contact Gov. Bill Haslam and tell him to VETO “The Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act” which bans cities and counties from requiring government contractors to drop anti-gay policies. Or the state will face economic repercussions
And last but not least lets teach Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare a lesson
Sing the open letter that John Aravois and Joe Sudbury have written the companies involved and tell corporate America: “Hands off our civil rights!”
**PLEASE REPOST and RETWEET this information and keep up the pressure!. This is a very important and harmful issue not just to LGBT’s in TN but everyone, no matter what state you live it. – Thank You!