New Push To Promote LGBT Equality In Memphis

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(Memphis) You may see a new logo popping at businesses around Memphis.

A Tennessee group hopes to not only change the way you shop, but is also pushing for LGBT equality as it claims same-sex couples are being turned away from businesses.

The campaign is called Equality Means Business, and companies who show solidarity with the gay community can apply for the sticker from the Tennessee Equality Project and get one to display on their window.

“Sometimes we hear stories about businesses saying ‘we don’t want people’s money, we don’t want to hire certain people,’ and the diversity that’s lost in doing that,” said Skip Leadbetter with the Tennessee Equality Project.

The Tennessee Equality Project encourages people to who support LGBT equality to shop where they see the sticker.

“The fact that their money is being accepted there and that their money is accepted there we believe will take Memphis and Tennessee one step further in the hospitality business,” said Leadbetter.

The campaign just started New Year’s Day, and so far there aren’t any stickers on windows, but Leadbetter says about 20 businesses have already applied.

To get one of the stickers a business must pledge to hire based on merit, do business with everyone despite sexual orientation, race or creed, and it must pledge to support and encourage equality.

“We should treat all human beings fairly. Especially when they come to patronize your business,” said Cynthia Grawemeyer.

Grawemeyer owns Grawemeyer’s restaurant on South Main.

Her application for a sticker is awaiting approval.

“It’s not something that we’ve ever had to think about it’s just something we do,” said Grawemeyer.

Grawemeyer says she doesn’t worry about the business implications, bad or good, from putting the sticker on her window.

“I really don’t care. We’re a family-owned business and we’re going to treat everyone fairly regardless of the dollar,” said Grawemeyer.

The stickers have been going up for about a year in Nashville, and Tennessee Equality says that campaign has been incredibly successful and hundreds of businesses proudly display the logo.


  • Nonya Bidness

    An open letter to all the Businesses out there …….. Display this sticker and loose a ton of money!

    Duck Dynasty

    What happened there?

    Are you sure you want to openly support people that try to bully those with different opinions into silence. If you do we’ll see you in the unemployment line!

  • Romans 1:26-27

    “Because of this,God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

    In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men,and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

    Romans 1:26-27

  • Steve Tapp

    Adam Hammond, are you hopmosexual? I mean, posting a story like this, if you are, you certainly shouldn’t be ashamed to admit it. So, ARE YOU or are you not?

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