LGBTQ Resource, The Tennessee Equality Project

The Tennessee Equality Project was Founded in 2004,  Tennessee Equality began fighting the marriage discrimination amendment working its way through the Tennessee General Assembly.  The same legislative session brought a host of other discriminatory bills such as attempts to ban adoption by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

As well as fighting negative bills at the state level, we have advanced positive legislation in local governments around the state including Metro Nashville, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the City of Memphis, and the City of Chattanooga.  We believe Tennesseans in every corner of our state deserve equal protection of the law.

The Tennessee Equality Project Foundation was founded in 2005 to provide educational programs to advance the values of equality and inclusion for LGBT people.  Through a variety of efforts such as Equality Means Business, Tennessee Equality Voice, and Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE, we help move the conversation forward in Tennessee.

Tennessee Equality Project

Tennessee Equality Project Foundation

The Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides educational programming throughout Tennessee in three key areas.   First is Tennessee Equality Justice, which includes Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE and SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee.  Second is Tennessee Equality Works, which includes LGBT Cultural Competency Training and Tennessee Open For Business.  Third is Tennessee Equality Voice, which includes Media Engagement and LGBT Media Training.

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TEP Foundation Programs

The Tennessee Equality Project Foundation or TEP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2005 and incorporated in Tennessee.  The TEP Foundation provides educational and awareness programming in Tennessee to advance the inclusion and equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in our state.

Here are some of our programs.  Links will be provided as available:

Tennessee Open For Business:  Tennessee Open For Business is a program for companies in Tennessee that pledge not to discriminate against their customers or employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Membership is free.

SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee:  SAFE (Schools Are For Everyone) Tennessee is a program that helps citizens across the state work for safer schools in their community.  Bullying is a growing problem in our schools.  Working together, we can find solutions to make our schools safer for all students.

Upper Cumberland Pride:  A special committee of the TEP Foundation, Upper Cumberland Pride hosts an annual celebration for the LGBT and ally community in a 14-county region.  Upper Cumberland Pride also provides awareness for the values of equality and inclusion throughout the year.

Tennessee Equality Voice:  Tennessee Equality Voice is our program for shaping a media message for equality in Tennessee.  TEP responds to more media interview requests, pitches more stories, and submits more op-eds than another LGBT organization in our state.

LGBT Diversity Training:  The TEP Foundation curriculum helps prepare workplaces for inclusion of LGBT people.  80 leaders of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office went through the program successfully in 2014.

Tennessee Ready for Marriage on DAY ONE:  No longer active, this program prepared volunteers around the state to help with the transition to marriage equality in Tennessee.  Training sessions took place in Johnson City, Knoxville, Cookeville, Collegedale, Nashville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Jackson.

Media:  If you are with the news media and need information for a story, contact us at (615) 390-5252.