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Tenn. businesses encouraged to support state’s LGBT community

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Equality Project is starting a new initiative to encourage business to show support for the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

TEP-businessExecutive director Christopher Sanders says the group is providing business owners with small “Equality Means Business” window stickers to place on their front doors.

Sanders said the stickers show that a business agrees to hire employees and serve the public without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We hope to encourage our state’s leaders to stay focused on issues that really affect the business climate in Tennessee,” said TEP President H.G. Stovall.

“Allowing truly business-friendly policies to be held captive by those with personal agendas is bad business,” said Stovall. “Too many start believing someone else’s talking points and thinking that means they know what’s best for businesses and everyone else.”

The group also is keeping a list of businesses that support the initiative on its Facebook page.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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