Blog Posts

With so much momentum for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections across the country – as well as many attacks from opponents working to push through anti-LGBT proposals – Freedom for All Americans is here to keep you as informed as possible, with daily blog content providing insight into the latest in this national campaign and the ever-changing landscape of LGBT non-discrimination.

Over the Weekend, Texas Lawmakers Advanced Discriminatory Measures Targeting LGBT Youth

By Adam Polaski • May 22, 2017, 10:12 am Members of the Texas Senate have advanced HB 3859, sweeping legislation that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and foster services to legally discriminate against LGBT people and others, to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.

In Historic First, Federal Judge Rules Transgender Person Can Pursue Discrimination Claim Under Americans With Disabilities Act

By Adam Polaski • May 19, 2017, 9:41 am The judge recognized gender dysphoria as a medical condition, and his order details that its specific exclusion from the Americans with Disabilities Act (gender dysphoria is one of about a dozen medical conditions exempted from the ADA) is unfair.

Failing to Learn from North Carolina Disaster, Texas Lt. Gov. Threatens Special Session in Attempt to Pass Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 17, 2017, 2:23 pm "While we always knew that Lt. Gov. Patrick opposed the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans, we never thought he would hold an entire state’s agenda hostage in an attempt to pass discriminatory laws like SB 6."

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • May 15, 2017, 4:33 pm Camp Hill now joins 42 other cities in Pennsylvania – including large cities like Philadelphia and smaller towns like Carlisle Borough – protecting LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lawsuit Filed Against Kentucky Credit Union That Discriminated Against Lesbian Woman

By Adam Polaski • May 12, 2017, 12:17 pm Today, May 12, Fauver Law Office in Louisville, Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Park Community Credit Union on behalf of a woman who last year was harassed and fired from her job because of her sexual orientation.

Freedom for All Americans Introduces Acting CEOs Kasey Suffredini and Katie Belanger

By Adam Polaski • May 11, 2017, 1:21 pm The Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund Boards of Directors have announced that Kasey Suffredini and Katie Belanger will jointly lead the organization during the national search to identify the next CEO.

Macon-Bibb, Georgia Expands Non-Discrimination Employment Protections to LGBT Public Employees

By Adam Polaski • May 11, 2017, 10:44 am This month, the Board of Commissioners in Macon-Bibb, Georgia voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance updating its municipal non-discrimination protections to LGBT people so that no one can face employment discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Texas Legislature Advances Two Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • May 10, 2017, 11:42 am "It’s discouraging that Texas lawmakers appear so fixated on singling out LGBT people – particularly transgender youth – for discrimination."

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Fired Gay Man, Citing 2nd Circuit Concurrence & 7th Circuit Ruling

By Adam Polaski • May 8, 2017, 11:45 am "The law with respect to this legal question is clearly in a state of flux, and the Second Circuit, or perhaps the Supreme Court, may return to this question soon. In light of the evolving state of the law, dismissal of plaintiff's Title VII claim is improper."

Anti-LGBT Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary Withdraws Name from Consideration

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 4:55 pm President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the U.S. Army withdrew his name from consideration this afternoon. In a statement, Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green said his nomination has become a “distraction.”

Tennessee Governor Signs Discriminatory LGBT Erasure Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 1:35 pm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning."

Momentum in Challenging Times: LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Advances in Texas

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 10:24 am This week a bill to expand employment non-discrimination protections to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression advanced out of the House Committee on Business and Industry, with bipartisan support.

Freedom for All Americans Will Closely Monitor Implementation of ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

By Adam Polaski • May 4, 2017, 1:47 pm "We remain concerned that we may see executive action at a future date that explicitly singles out LGBT people for discrimination."

Alabama Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 3, 2017, 7:27 pm The new law allows taxpayer funded child placement agencies to discriminate against loving and qualified parents based on the agency’s moral or religious beliefs.

As New Reports Emerge on Potential Anti-LGBT Order, Trump Should Remember Pledge to LGBT Americans

By Adam Polaski • May 2, 2017, 4:54 pm Today Politico reported that, according to "two senior administration officials," President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a broad executive order that could have serious ramifications for the LGBT community.
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