The Equality Bus Arrives in Nashville
October 13, 2011
This post is by Karin Quimby, HRC Regional Field Director
I’m writing tonight from Nashville, Tennessee—the fourteenth stop on our “On the Road to Equality” bus tour. Tonight we kicked off the Nashville stop with a reception hosted by the Entrepreneur Center in downtown Nashville. HRC’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Fred Sainz, delivered a talk “On the Cusp of Equality: Are We at a Tipping Point?” to those gathered, talking about the polling data that shows the progress our movement has made over the past decade.
Sainz discussed significant advances, not only in societal attitudes changing for the better, but also real, tangible victories such as the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and marriage equality in New York. He also addressed the challenges ahead such as the continued lack of employment protections for many LGBT Americans, the absence of protections for our families in states like Tennessee, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits the federal government from recognizing and thus conferring the same benefits and responsibilities upon legal gay and lesbian marriages.
We are looking forward to a great weekend, with a press conference tomorrow on the steps of the Capitol and then an open house with the Equality Bus on the Vanderbilt Campus. On Saturday, HRC’s Family’s Project Director, Ellen Kahn will lead an introductory session on HRC’s Welcoming Schools program, and later that afternoon, the Director of HRC’s Religion and Faith Program, Sharon Groves, will lead a panel discussion that will address the ways in which our faith communities and our families can become more accepting. We will finish off the weekend with an Equality Dance Party at Tribe and Play on Saturday night.
Follow us along the road on the HRC Backstory blog. I hope you enjoy the weekend.