Despite being from two different parties, two millionaire gubernatorial candidates, Republican Randy Boyd and Democrat Karl Dean, have used the umbrella of employment discrimination to publicly validate the LGBT agenda.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual), “refers to sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined as an often enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions of men to women or women to men (heterosexual), of women to women or men to men (homosexual), or by men or women to both sexes (bisexual).”
The “T” in LGBT refers to “transgender,” considered by the APA to describe people whose “gender identity, gender expression or behavior” does not match the sex with which they were born or assigned at birth.
Gender identity “refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics.”
During his tenure as mayor of Nashville and Davidson County, Karl Dean issued Executive Order No.008 ensuring that the issues of “gender, gender identity and sexual orientation” were embedded in the city and county’s employment policies.
Randy Boyd voiced his support for the same agenda through “Tennessee Thrives,” a “partnership of businesses committed to a thriving Tennessee that welcomes all people” and is committed to ensuring that:
workplaces and communities must be diverse and welcoming for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
In 2009, then mayor Karl Dean signed the Metro Non-Discrimination Ordinance which had passed the Metro Council by a 27-15 vote. The ordinance, sponsored by then council member Megan Barry who is now Nashville’s mayor, added sexual orientation and gender identity to categories of employment protection for Metro government employees.
Two years later, the Metro Nashville Council passed an ordinance requiring vendors seeking to do business with the city or county, to include the same protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.
The Tennessee General Assembly subsequently passed and Governor Haslam signed, the “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act.” Gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers sponsored this first of its kind law in the Senate which defined the word “sex” as:
means and refers only to the designation of an individual person as male or female as indicated on the individual’s birth certificate.
The law also prohibited local governments from imposing discrimination standards beyond what is included in state law.
In 2014, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the law as constitutional.