TN Chamber of Commerce Led By FedEx, AT&T, and Comcast Push To Repeal LGBT Rights Laws In Nashville

AmericaBlogGay is reporting that Legislation overturning Metro Nashville’s anti-gay bias ordinance is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration after House members gave final approval yesterday and one of the most vocal backers of overturning the legislature was 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 – The TCC lobbied for a religious right bill in the Tennessee legislature that would rescind Nashville’s civil rights protections for its gay and trans citizens, and which bans every city in Tennessee from passing any civil rights laws, for anyone, ever again

According to the TN chamber of commerce,  abiding by LGBT protections would be too much of an “additional burden.”  (Not discriminating against LGBT is a burden to them it seems while not discriminating because of race, religion, or handicap isn’t.)

Interestingly HRC’s Equality Index gives FedEx gets a score of 80 out of 100 on its Equality Index Chart, dealing with LGBT non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices ,  Comcast gets a 95, and AT&T has a perfect score of 100%.  Yet these companies bowed to and rallied vigorously with the the religious right which was the lead lobbyist on the law.

The ONLY victim of the law was the LGBT community.  This law was specifically written and intended to repeal Nashville’s new civil rights ordinance protecting gay and trans citizens, period and do harm to LGBT citizens throughout the state of Tennessee

John Aravois and Joe Sudbury have written an open letter to the companies involved  You can sign it by CLICKING HERE

Call the Tennesse Chamber of Commerce and threaten to boycott 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merchandise and the state of TN if they don;t immediately withdraw their support and  if LGBT protections are repealed and the Bill is passed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
Telephone: 615-256-5141
Fax: 615-256-6726
E-Mail: info@tnchamber.org

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.

(And as for HRC after TARGET, BestBuy and now this.  It might be a good idea just to discontinue your Equality Index since it really is not accurate and perhaps put the money and time to better uses like actually fighting for Equality.)

*PLEASE feel free to REPOST and RETWEET this.  This is a very important and harmful issue nit just to LGBT’s in TN but everywhere.  EVERYONE no matter what state you live in needs to get informed and involved if we are to stop this. – Thank you

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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