The Republican legislators has just launched a bill, the 'Turn Away the Gays' bill, which would allow discriminations of LGBTQ people in Tennessee based on religious beliefs.
The Governor of Tennessee doesn't want to stop the discrimination because he thinks it could have a negative impact on the economy.
In Tennesse, a rally was organized following the bill of a legislator, senator Stacey Campfield, wishing to ban educators from teaching children about homosexuality.
A lesbian couple decided to sue their neighbor for hate crime after their house was set fire to and that the word “queer” was written on their garage.
We are always complaining, or at least I am, about not having the civil rights we deserve. Those complaints are valid ones. LGBT individuals can still be fired in most states simply because of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Same-sex couples cannot marry in most states and even when they can their marriages are not recognized by our federal government thus denying them over a thousand rights and benefits available to heterosexual married couples. Our LGBT youth suffer from bullying and homelessness at higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts. Any way you cut it, LGBT individuals and couples are at a disadvantage in a country that boasts "all men are created equal" (never-mind what this means for women, another story for another day).
In May of 2007 I entered into the beginning of a lengthy legal battle with Chancellor George Ellis that has yet to be resolved; a battle over my partner's right to live with me and my children.
Our story started in 1997 when I met my partner, Mary, while I was working at a bookstore. We started out as friends and have been a committed couple since 1998. We had our shares of ups and downs, as every couple does, and we managed to build a stable and loving relationship. We were both social workers, working mainly with at-risk youth, Mary a child counselor and crisis worker and I working with foster children and children in residential facilities, so neither one of us were strangers to handling tough problems and looking out for the best interest of children. Mary had known my children since my daughter was 2 and my son 4 years old and had a positive relationship with both.
Sarah Bettens and her brother Gert, who form the band K's Choice, have just released a new album 'Echo Mountain' and 'Little Echoes'.