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Promoting Equality in Business

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For Immediate Release

Melanie Deas
Equality Mississippi Foundation
phone: 662.690.4011
fax: 662.690.4012
melanie@equalitymississippi.org

http://www.equalitymississippi.org

Businesses Across Mississippi Show Commitment to Non-discrimination

Tupelo, MS – April, 09 2014 – The Equality Mississippi Foundation is partnering with hundreds of businesses throughout Mississippi to prove that all people are welcome in the Hospitality State.

The new program, known as “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling,” was the brain-child of Mississippi business owner Mitchell Moore. Moore, the owner of Campbell’s Bakery in Fondren, came up with the idea after Gov. Bryant signed the controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law. According to some experts the law creates an environment in the state that could encourage some businesses to deny goods or services to people based on religious belief. Moore, along with hundreds of other business owners throughout Mississippi want to show their commitment to non-discrimination. The new campaign will provide business owners with stickers to place in their window proclaiming “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling.” Participating businesses will also be listed on the Foundation’s website. “We want to be able to reward businesses that are committed to equality,” said Equality Mississippi Foundation president Benson Hill. “Through this program, customers will know which companies are dedicated to providing their goods and services to all, without discrimination of any kind.”

Hundreds of companies across Mississippi have already signed up to display the new stickers in their window. The program is free of charge and is open to any business who is opposed to discrimination of all kinds.

For more information business owners may email info@equalitymississippi.org.

The Equality Mississippi Foundation is the educational arm of Equality Mississippi. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is promoting acceptance of LGBT individuals in Mississippi through education and research.

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CSE Hosts Upcoming Mississippi Events

The Campaign for Southern Equality is hosting several upcoming events in Mississippi.

Please see the announcement here or go to their Facebook Events page!

Please support this organization as they help us move Mississippi forward.

Winner Announced!!

We are happy to finally announce the winner of our first T-shirt Design Contest!!

The winning entry was submitted by one of Nashville‘s premiere graphic designers, Wesley Summers.

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Wesley is also the creative mind behind our new logo!

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You may view more of Wesley’s work and contact him at his website, Artistic W.  If you need a graphic designer, tell him EqMS sent you!!

We received a number of  excellent  entries for the T-shirt Design Contest. We would like to extend a giant THANK YOU!! to all of the artists who took the time to enter the contest!  We plan to keep each entry on file and if we are ever able to use yours in the future we will gladly contact you.

Wristbands now available!

Equality Mississippi wristbands are now available!  Grab yours today!

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Searching for leaders!!

We are looking for leaders across the state to help advance the cause of equality!   If you would like to be considered for a leadership position in one of our 9 regional committees we encourage you to fill out the initial application here.  If you know of someone who you think would be a great leader please ask them to submit an application!  Please share the link with everyone!  http://eql.ms/EqMS-application

T-Shirt Design Contest!!

Announcing Equality Mississippi’s first T-shirt Design Contest!!  No design experience needed! Open to anyone age 18 and older!  The winner will get $100!  If you have an idea for a t-shirt that would celebrate the LGBTQ community and the mission of Equality Mississippi we want to hear from you!!  The contest will begin on May 01, 2013.  Get the official rules here.