One year ago, the Memphis City Council passed an ordinance to ensure that city workers would not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, October 17th, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), one of the main backers of that measure, is hosting a one-year anniversary celebration for the ordinance at Grawemeyer's on South Main.
The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature appetizers and a cash bar. TEP is dedicating the event to Duanna Johnson, the transgender woman who was beaten by a Memphis Police officer in 2008, and her family. Johnson's mother, Hazel Skinner, recently settled a lawsuit against the city that was filed after the incident. She has named the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation as a beneficiary.