|It's time to promote equality and fairness this weekend in Memphis|
It’s time to make your voice heard this Sunday afternoon in Memphis (Oct. 4). Startling vandalism of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s billboard campaign caught the attention of the nation and the world this week. Here are two ways that you can confront hateful bias toward GLBT citizens and their allies this weekend:
- Attend MGLCC’s Raise Your Voice rally at 1 p.m. on Sunday on the steps of First Congregational Church (1000 So. Cooper St) to respond to the malicious destruction of the National Coming Out Day billboard featuring former marine Tim Smith. It’s time to unite our community in the face of hatred and intolerance. Let’s show Memphis and the world that we are proud and unafraid.
- Later in the afternoon, join your friends at the Wine & Cheese Party at the T. Joseph Clifton Gallery benefiting TEP on October 4 from 4-6 pm at 2571 Broad Avenue in Memphis. Make a commitment to fairness and equality for LGBT citizens at the local and state level with a $25-$50 contribution to TEP at the party and celebrate our community’s work to advance inclusive workplace protections in Memphis.
Let’s overcome the obstacles we face in our community and show the world that Memphis is moving forward.
Board Secretary & Shelby County Committee Chair
Support the Memphis Non-Discrimination Ordinance by making a contribution to TEP here. The Tennessee Equality Project is a 501(c)(4) organization. Gifts to TEP are not deductible for purposes of federal income tax.
I will send a check, but I can't make it. I hope you can, though.
Now, to the other business. I have always had mixed emotions about Chick-Fil-A, because, on the one hand, they do have the best chicken sandwich I have ever tasted, bar none. However, there is a reason that one of my dear friends has dubbed them "Jesus Chicken". True to their beliefs, they close on Sundays so their employees can attend the church of their choice.
However, it appears that one of the groups to whom they give money is....
Focus on the Family. You remember them, don't you? James Dobson and all those crazy homophobes?
It's privately owned, IIRC, and they have the right to do as they wish, I suppose, but that doesn't mean I have to support them with my money, even if they do have incredible chicken.
It's time to seriously think about where we spend our money, folks. Jesus Chicken, I'll miss you, and if you ever change your mind about supporting FOTF, I'll come back.
But it's up to you.