Discrimination | Janis Fullilove | Memphis | Tennessee

LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Withdrawn in Memphis

Neither the Memphis City Council nor Mayor A.C. Wharton feels its important to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Therefore, Janis Fullilove (pictured), who last month received death threats and a dead cat on her lawn over her sponsorship of the anti-discrimination legislation, has withdrawn it, the Commercial Appeal reports:

Fullilove "The Tennessee Equality Project and councilwoman Janis Fullilove this morning withdrew the proposed ordinance, which would prevent the city from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring or promotion of employees, and an accompanying resolution that would have included the ordinance’s language in city contracts. Fullilove and TEP members said it was clear the ordinance, which was scheduled for the second of three readings this afternoon, lacked support from the 13-member council and Wharton’s administration, which said two weeks ago that it favors a more general ordinance approved by the Shelby County Commission earlier this year. Michelle Bliss, vice chairwoman of the Shelby County Committee of the TEP, said council members were making decisions based on 'fear and prejudice.' ...  'At this time we don’t think we can get a fair hearing,' said Bliss. Fullilove said she was disappointed that she had to withdraw the legislation."

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  1. Thanks for trying Miss Fullilove.

    Too bad you're surrounded by people who are Fullashit!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 24, 2010 7:53:58 PM

  2. ...or perhaps she's surrounded by people who are Fullihate ?

    Posted by: Tre | Aug 24, 2010 8:07:16 PM

  3. Memphis is a sewer, but some of us have good jobs here. Please pray for us as we struggle for equality, and continue to generate those actions which, by way of our judicial system, will force our fellow Southerners to do the right thing.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 24, 2010 8:21:02 PM

  4. Where is HRC ? What about the major companies that say they support us who have a major presence in Memphis - Nike, FedEx, Delta Airlines, Hilton Hotels, International Paper ........what have they done to help push this law through the council?

    Posted by: Matt Smith | Aug 24, 2010 8:30:39 PM

  5. @Matt Smith, wouldn't those companies just be able to say they have their own anti-discrimination policies, so they're doing their bit. If this ordinance meant those companies would lose business, there is no way they would do anything about it.

    This is very sad. Who can really be against discrimination. I like Ms. Fullilove, and I hope this doesn't cost her her seat among the bigots.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 24, 2010 8:56:06 PM

  6. Leave Memphis.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 24, 2010 11:14:23 PM

  7. Very unfortunate. Even the few African-Americans who try to do the right thing get hell from their own communities on gay issues.

    Posted by: SoItGoes | Aug 25, 2010 12:16:57 AM

  8. I feel for her, I really do. But this was a moment for her to have courage and a chance for her to truly understand what gays and lesbians go through every day.
    Where would we be if every progressive voice in the country waved a white flag in the face of threats?

    Posted by: Jess Avery | Aug 25, 2010 1:16:55 AM

  9. @ JESS AVERY: it looks like she has displayed courage, but is doing the correct procedural thing by withdrawing the ordinance.

    @ JOE: I disagree, those companies should be fighting for a better community for their employees and their families.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 25, 2010 1:27:14 AM

  10. Hey, this is Evan with Truth Wins Out. I was involved in what happened in Memphis today and I reported on it on Truth Wins Out about twelve hours ago. If anyone has any questions or wants any background, feel free.

    And no, Jeff and others, Memphis is not a sewer.

    Posted by: Evan Hurst | Aug 25, 2010 3:49:08 AM

  11. AND NO, Janis was not responsible for withdrawing the fucking ordinance.

    Posted by: Evan Hurst | Aug 25, 2010 3:54:11 AM

  12. Where would we be today if slavery abolitionists and racial civil rights leaders had thrown in the towel?


    Posted by: Adam | Aug 25, 2010 3:54:32 AM

  13. Detroit of the South!

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 25, 2010 3:57:09 AM

  14. No, Adam, it wasn't a "FulliFail."

    This was done for a myriad of reasons, and again, Janis wasn't responsible for pulling the ordinance.

    Throughout the council, this issue was treated as different from other issues. There were allies to be sure, but among those opposed, it was turned into a sideshow. Two members of the council betrayed TEP, and so did Memphis's mayor, AC Wharton, who was theoretically supposed to be an improvement over his predecessor, the failure known as Willie Herenton.

    Janis is a little bit nutty, but for her to take the brunt of this is apeshit insane. This ordinance will come back, as strategy is involved here.

    Posted by: Evan Hurst | Aug 25, 2010 4:20:26 AM

  15. This is a blatant discrimination to the LGBTs by the people whom they voted into office. These politicians will not protect you, no matter if hundreds of Mathew Sheppards will die in Memphis. SHAME on you politicians who voted no! Ms. Fullilove will be back!!!

    Posted by: badpoliticians | Aug 25, 2010 5:37:32 AM

  16. Unfortunately, this is how the LGBT community slowly and gradually begins to lose supporters, sponsors and so on and so forth. Haters suck.

    Posted by: Persona non grata | Aug 25, 2010 5:37:56 AM

  17. Should I be surprised by this news? I mean it is the Deep South- they practically invented discrimination.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 25, 2010 6:08:30 AM

  18. Boo Towerload for not doing more research on this story. A usually very informative blog and this is a real cut and paste job. When you want to do a real story on it, let us know. Its very easy to get a hold of the people involved.

    Posted by: christy | Aug 25, 2010 8:10:25 AM

  19. LOL - sorry about the damn auto correct above - Towleroad!

    Posted by: christy | Aug 25, 2010 8:13:34 AM

  20. My guess is that when she saw she didn't have the votes yet, she withdrew the ordinance because it will have a better chance of passing later down the road, rather than if it had been voted down. Makes sense, right?

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 25, 2010 9:08:37 AM

  21. God I hate most everyone who comments on this site. I'm glad I read it though, I was always under the misconception that my Queer bothers and sisters were better than this.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 25, 2010 9:38:42 AM

  22. What else can you expect from the State that produced Andrew Jackson, who, as President, defied the Supreme Court when he relocated the Indian tribes to Oklahoma with the comment"I control the Army; who does the Supreme Court have?"

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Aug 25, 2010 12:48:09 PM

  23. @Jerry6, Read a fucking book, Andrew Jackson had a crazy fucking presidency, yeah he had some fucking awful decisions but he did a lot of good too. And that's coming from an indian, there were worse enemies than Andrew Jackson.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 25, 2010 3:35:09 PM

  24. Jackson was a despicable human being and is probably, right now, ruling a particularly nasty piece of hell.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 25, 2010 4:38:57 PM

  25. I don't know the total background of this story and I'm not angry with her. Just saddened.

    Posted by: Jess Avery | Aug 31, 2010 11:20:22 AM

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