Earlier this week the Human Rights Campaign announced plans to launch an "On the Road to Equality" bus tour that will visit areas of the country where the LGBT community continues to face significant roadblocks. The HRC plans to visit 17 different cities in 11 different states (plus Washington, D.C.). Once in those cities, the organization seems to have vague plans to "hold a variety of events." According to the press release announcing the tour:
The bus will be accompanied by an exhibit offering primers on everyday life topics including: your family, your health, your rights, your community, your faith, your workplace and your story. Separate from the bus, HRC will also offer a variety of workshops and educational seminars with particular emphasis on workplace and healthcare equality, schools and bullying issues and religion and faith.
Aside from Washington, D.C., the 11 states represented by the tour all lack state-wide LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws, and none allow for relationship recognition.
24 additional states that the HRC will not be visiting still lack state-wide LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. 6 only cover sexual orientation, and 18 have no statewide nondiscrimination laws for sexual orientation or gender identity & expression. Among the states in the latter category is Tennessee, which recently saw a number of anti-LGBT encounters and legislation.