Urge Nashville to Expand Anti-Discrimination Law to Contractors and Vendors
  • Petitioned Jon Cooper

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Jon Cooper
Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County

Urge Nashville to Expand Anti-Discrimination Law to Contractors and Vendors

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

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April 2011

Victory

The Metro Council of Nashville has been debating legislation that would expand the city's nondiscrimination policy -- which is inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity -- to all vendors and contractors with the city. In a close vote, the measure finally passed on April 5, 2011, after more than 6,700 Change.org members put pressure on the Metro Council to pass this law.

In signing the law, Nashville's Mayor, Karl Dean, said the following: "The Council showed great leadership in initiating and passing this piece of legislation and I'm proud to sign it into law. Nashville has time and again proven we're a city that doesn't tolerate discrimination, and with this ordinance, we are once again sending the message that we truly are a welcoming and friendly place."

If you like to discriminate against LGBT employees, believe that LGBT students are disruptive to the education process, and create a culture of homophobia on your campus, two Nashville politicians have some important words for you: our city shouldn't work with you.

Jamie Hollin and Mike Jameson are two city council members on the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. They believe that an anti-discrimination ordinance passed in Nashville last year, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, should prohibit the city from contracting with vendors who discriminate against LGBT people.

Nashville can't be a city that values equality and civil rights, according to Jameson and Hollin, if they're willing to partner with schools that foster anti-gay environments.

"It seems to me that it's the policy of [the Council] and my own personal philosophy to not discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation," Hollin said. "If that's the case we shouldn't be contracting with private institutions with policies that are in conflict with ours."

The two council members are set to introduce a resolution that would prevent the local government from contracting with entities that fail to include LGBT people in their non-discrimination polciies. Send the Council a message that this is an important issue to deal with, and that in order for the area to be truly inclusive, the government should make sure that all its contractual partners prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Nike Takes Firm Stand Against Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Nashville

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Last night, Nashville's Metro Council decided to delay a final vote on an anti-discrimination measure that would require most contractors and vendors with the city to adhere to a non-discrimination policy that includes protections on the basis of...

    2. Ministers Urge Nashville to Put an End to Discrimination

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      For the past few months, the city of Nashville has had spirited debate over whether to expand an anti-discrimination ordinance -- which includes protections for LGBT people -- so that it covers all vendors and contractors that work with the city....

    3. Reached 6 signatures
    4. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Help the Tennessee Equality Project preserve local anti-discrimination ordinances, like the one up for consideration in Nashville -

    5. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Nashville Business Journal covers the potential nondiscrimination bill -

    6. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      On Top Magazine looks at the efforts in Nashville to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance -

    7. A Faith-Based Perspective on Ending Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Nashville

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      We've been covering potential legislation in Nashville that would require all contractors and vendors with the city to adhere to an anti-discrimination policy that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity....

    8. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Check out this great faith-based perspective in support of Nashville expanding its anti-discrimination ordinance -

    9. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Human Rights Campaign awards a grant to the Tennessee Equality Project, supporting their work to help protect non-discrimination ordinances statewide -

    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Associated Press takes note of Nashville's efforts to end anti-LGBT discrimination among city vendors and contractors -

    11. Reached 1 signatures
    12. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Advocate magazine looks at the role clergy are playing in the debate over expanding Nashville's nondiscrimination ordinance -

    13. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Poll over at the Tennessean asks: Should Nashville expand its anti-discrimination ordinance, so that it applies to city vendors and contractors? Weigh in here -

    14. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Nashville Post notes that the city of Nashville is just one vote away from expanding its nondiscrimination ordinance to contractors and vendors -

    15. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Is the Nashville Chamber of Commerce warming up to the Contractor Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance? -

    16. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Nashville's Out & About newspaper covers the Metro Council vote to advance the nondiscrimination bill -

    17. Success: Nashville Advances Nondiscrimination Bill

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Good news on the Nashville front: despite a bit of opposition from the city's Chamber of Commerce, as well as an organized anti-gay group of faith leaders and conservative politicians, the Metro Council in Nashville voted last night to extend the...

    18. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Nashville Mayor Karl Dean: "Nashville is known as a welcoming and friendly city and as a city that doesn't discriminate." Let's hope that message carries forward during tomorrow's Metro Council meeting.

    19. Reached 1 signatures
    20. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Metro Council member Jamie Hollin speaks to News Channel 5 about the momentum behind nondiscrimination in Nashville -

    21. Nashville Mayor Gives Thumbs Up To Extending Nondiscrimination Ordinance

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      In three days, Metro Council members in Nashville will again discuss expanding the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, so that vendors and contractors in the city are required to adhere to anti-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation...

    22. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Mayor of Nashville goes on the record in support of expanding Nashville's nondiscrimination laws -

    23. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Solid piece in the Nashville Scene about the future of the nondiscrimination ordinance -

    24. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Excellent legal analysis from Towleroad's Ari Ezra Waldman on the issue of discrimination law in Nashville and statewide in Tennessee -

    25. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carolyn Brown NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I want to show my support for Nashville's anti-discrimination law, and express my sheer disgust with the House committee that continues to fight against the law, even after it has been passed. Glen Casada, among others, will not see another vote from me until they understand that discrimination against people with varying sexual preferences is wrong.

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    • Dori Busta PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      We live in an amazing country where everyone is equal, free and able make their own path regardless of their situation. Why would we want to start slowly striping away the foundations of what this country was built on because of a difference in beliefs? Doesn't make sense.

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    • Signe Buckland SILVERTON, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Nashville is a beautiful community. I would hope that those employed in Nashville would reflect the diversity of those who live there and those who come to visit.

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    • Angela Smith NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Council Member,

      Please consider voting yes to expand anti-discrimination laws to those doing business with Metro Nashville. Its good for business and the community.

      Thank you for your good work on the Council!

      Best,

      Angie Smith

      Belmont Alum '92

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