Monday, January 12, 2015

TEP to Honor Champions of Equality at Gumbo Contest

Tennessee Equality Project Foundation is pleased to announce four Champions of Equality from West Tennessee. Such awards are given to individuals whose work and advocacy advance or protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in Tennessee.

Champions of Equality from left to right: Chef Kelly English, Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, TN State Senator Lee Harris, and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham.
Chef Kelly English. As a business owner, Chef Kelly publicly opposed the “Turn the Gays Away” bill initially sponsored by a State Senator from Shelby County in early 2014. He sent a clear message that treating everyone equally is good for business in Tennessee.

Councilwoman Janis Fullilove. Councilwoman Fullilove was the first sponsor of the employment non-discrimination ordinance considered by the Memphis City Council in 2010 and ensured that the employment non-discrimination ordinance which passed in 2012 included gender identity (in addition to sexual orientation).

Senator Lee Harris. As a Memphis City Councilman from District 7, Senator Harris successfully sponsored an employment non-discrimination ordinance enacted by the Memphis City Council in 2012. His leadership attracted support from social justice, labor and business organizations for the legislation.

Sheriff Bill Oldham. As Shelby County Sheriff, Sheriff Oldham demonstrated commitment to ensure that all Shelby County Sheriff officers receive LGBT Cultural Competency training in 2014. His leadership demonstrates a commitment to serve and protect all people in Shelby County.
TEP Foundation will recognize the above champions of equality at the TEP Gumbo Contest on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Bridges Center in Downtown Memphis. Purchase your tickets to this event at to help celebrate the achievements of these champions, enjoy great gumbo, and tap your foot to the New Orleans jazz of the Hot Memphis 4.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New sponsors added this week!

We are excited to announce many new sponsors of the TEP Gumbo Contest: 

  • Southland Park Gaming and Racing
  • Ray Rico Freelance
  • High Cotton Brewing Co.
  • High Speed Delivery
  • Sache
  • Architecture, Incorporated
  • Holland & Associates, PC, 
  • Jabberblabber
Opportunities for sponsorship of the contest for businesses, organizations and individuals are still available. Look for details at this link.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hot Memphis 4 to perform at TEP Gumbo Contest

Tennessee Equality Project is pleased to announce that the Hot Memphis 4 will perform at the TEP Gumbo Contest on February 8, 2015 at Bridges. Past attendees will recognize many of the performers from last year's event including Jeremy Shrader.

Tap your foot to their New Orleans jazz on the video below and on Soundcloud. I dare you to avoid thinking of Mardi Gras!

There are so many ways to support the TEP Gumbo Contest and have a great time:
  1. Become a Sponsor
  2. Reserve a VIP Table with you and your closest friends
  3. Enter the Gumbo Competition with your team
  4. Purchase general admission tickets
  5. Volunteer for the event (and get in for free!)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Utopia sponsors the TEP Gumbo Contest again!

TEP welcomes Utopia Animal Hospital as a MEDIUM level sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest. Utopia is an Equality Means Business partner with Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, and this is their second year as a host sponsor of the event.

Visit to Utopia's website to learn more about the enlightened care they provide to pets in Memphis.

Learn how you, your business or your organization can become a sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest at this link.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to the TEP Gumbo Contest website

Tennessee Equality Project is actively planning for the most exciting Mardi Gras Party in Memphis for 2015.

TEP offers many ways to participate in the celebration: sponsorship, compete in the contest, taste the gumbo, join your friends at a VIP Table, or volunteer. Check out our updated website and mark your calendar for Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30-7 PM. We'll see you at Bridges!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Next Gumbo Planning Committee on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014

Interested in planning for the best Mardi Gras party in town?

Tennessee Equality Project invites you join Shelby County's Gumbo Planning Committee meeting. Volunteers are needed to plan for the TEP Gumbo Contest, live music, decorations, awards for Champions of Equality in West Tennessee, and much more.

When? Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6 PM

Where? Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza, 2025 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

Arrive a few minutes early, order dinner and join us in the conference room. Contact Jonathan Cole at 901-301-3306 for more details. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Updates for the TEP Gumbo Contest are coming soon

Look to this site in the coming weeks for new information on the TEP Gumbo Contest.

Save the date of Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 PM.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with TEP at Bridges again!

Contact Jonathan Cole at or 901-301-3306 for more information or to sign up for the Gumbo Planning Committee.