The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) recently released its fourth quarter activity report. The following is a summary of their efforts:

  • Provided ongoing support to the Vote No on 1 campaign opposing the Constitutional Amendment Against Marriage Equality.
  • Lobbied members of Congress from Tennessee in favor of equal rights for all LGBT persons.
  • Lobbied members of Tennessee General Assembly in favor of equal rights for all LGBT persons.
  • Participated in Tennessee Valley Pride Fall Festival in Chattanooga on October 1.
  • Co-sponsor of National Coming Out Day event in Nashville organized by Church Street Freedom Press on October 11.
  • Participated in National Coming Out Day Rally in Knoxville on October 14.
  • Participated in Dick Dialogues at Montgomery Bell State Park, October 20 to 22.
  • Participated in 4th Annual Nashville Black Pride, October 28.
  • Appeared on Tennessee Progress Report on WRFN (98.9) in Nashville on October 30.
  • Participated in GLBT Life and Business Expo hosted by the Nashville Association of Professional Persons on November 4.
  • Participated in Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in Knoxville on November 18.
  • Spoke to Our Whole Lives sexuality education class at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville on November 19.
  • Appeared on Avalon Farmcast Podcast show on November 20.
  • Participated in Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in Memphis on November 20.
  • Co-sponsor of Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in Nashville along with Tennessee Vals on November 20.

Upcoming for First Quarter 2007:

  • Will participate in Advancing Equality Day on the Hill organized by Tennessee
  • Equality Project on February 20.
  • Will participate in Women's Studies Conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro on February 22.


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