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People Still Waiting for it to Get Better in Tennessee

December 7, 2010

Several people have been all over these stories, but I would be remiss in not at least mentioning them and pointing you to some good coverage.

1) In Jackson, TN, a transwoman was assaulted during post-Thanksgiving shopping at a Kohl’s store. Akasha Adonis was not assaulted because of her identity; that was the usual Black Friday mayhem. She has filed a complaint alleging that the responding police offer became rude and dismissive once he saw Adonis’s ID with a male name. The Tennessee Equality Project has more. I also appreciate Amie Newman, not-a-local, for writing about this at

2) The women’s soccer coach at Belmont University in Nashville, TN lost her job after revealing that she is a lesbian (in the course of revealing that she and her partner are expecting a baby). The Belmont Vision (student newspaper) has done a great job of covering the story, from disputes over whether the coach was fired or resigned to student and community protests.

B, at Pith in the Wind, has It Gets Better: Belmont Honors Christ’s Birth By Booting Expecting Family into the Cold (Belmont is a formerly Baptist, currently Christian school).

Newscoma has an excellent post covering both stories, Belmont, Jackson And Societal Bullying.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 11:29 am

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for posting about these stories and please keep us updated if you hear about any further action on either of these stories. I hope both of these women find some resolution – there are many of us out there working to see that happen!

    Take care,

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