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.

VICTORY: Texas Lawmakers End Special Session Without Acting on Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Adam Polaski • August 15, 2017, 10:42 pm The Texas House adjourned this evening without passing any anti-transgender legislation. While the Senate is not yet adjourned, any path forward for anti-transgender proposals would be difficult now that the House has gone out of session.

Jury Rules Against Plaintiffs in Pepperdine University LGBTQ Discrimination Case

By Angela Dallara • August 15, 2017, 2:21 pm Although the outcome is not what the plaintiffs had hoped for, the legacy of this case is palpable: it marked one of the first times that a claim of discrimination based on sexual orientation as prohibited by Title IX underwent a full trial.

Two Years After His Death, We Remember Julian Bond’s Words Against Religious Refusal Proposals

By Adam Polaski • August 15, 2017, 11:33 am We've been here before, Julian Bond argued often throughout his life – we've seen businesses and individuals many times cite their religious beliefs in order to discriminate against people of color, women, and interracial couples. 

In First Public Comments Since His Tweetstorm, President Trump Incomprehensibly Defends Proposal

By Adam Polaski • August 11, 2017, 11:00 am President Trump is digging in on his proposal to courageous transgender Americans from serving in the United States military - and just like his tweets from two two weeks ago, his defense is incomprehensible.

Report: Proposal to Ban Transgender Americans from Military Service Would Cost Nearly One Billion Dollars to Implement

By Adam Polaski • August 10, 2017, 12:31 pm The report found that the cost of implementing a ban on transgender service members, including forcing out the estimated 12,800 currently serving troops, would be nearly one billion dollars – $960 million.

Five Transgender Servicemembers Team with GLAD & NCLR to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2017, 12:11 pm The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, entitled Doe v. Trump, are five transgender service members from the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army with nearly 60 years of combined service in the United States military.

Montana’s Largest Newspaper Features Powerful Editorials Against Proposed Anti-Transgender Initiative

By Adam Polaski • August 7, 2017, 7:05 pm This weekend the largest newspaper in Montana, The Billings Gazette, published two editorials against an anti-transgender proposal that would single out transgender people for discrimination.

South Carolina Governor: No Need for Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions Law

By Adam Polaski • August 2, 2017, 1:41 pm Governor McMaster is the latest Republican in a long line of Republican Governors to condemn bills that restrict transgender people from using the restroom.

How Freedom for All Americans Aims to ‘Build the Team’ and Empower Advocates for Non-Discrimination!

By Freedom for All Americans • July 31, 2017, 5:43 pm Freedom for All Americans aims to Build the Team as one of our three primary strategies because we need to deepen our movement’s bench and ensure they have everything they need to thrive.

Kent Becomes 19th Ohio City to Pass LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • July 31, 2017, 3:31 pm Kent's ordinance covers employment, housing, and public accommodations and protects residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In Shameful Brief, Department of Justice Rejects Protections for Gay and Bisexual Workers

By Adam Polaski • July 27, 2017, 2:40 pm The brief, in which the Department of Justice repeatedly refers to members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community as "homosexuals," takes an outdated perspective on the definition of sex-based discrimination.

Trump Abandons Campaign Promise, Tweets That Transgender People Are Banned From Service

By Adam Polaski • July 26, 2017, 11:14 am "President Trump pledged he would be 'great' for veterans and for the LGBT community, and today's tweets accomplish neither."

Texas Senate Approves Anti-Transgender Legislation Despite Warnings from Business, Law Enforcement & More

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 7:41 pm "Texas Senators are once again ignoring the overwhelming majority of voices from across the state who came together to speak out against this discriminatory legislation."

Police Chiefs from San Antonio, Houston & Austin All Condemn Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 3:40 pm Today, July 25, during a press conference outside of the Texas Capitol, three police chiefs from some of the largest cities in Texas – San Antonio, Houston, and Austin – spoke out fervently in opposition to any legislation in Texas that would restrict restroom access for transgender Texans.

This Week: Trial Proceeds in Landmark Title IX Case of College Basketball Players Who Faced Anti-Gay Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 11:34 am A weeks-long jury trial is currently underway in Los Angeles in Videckis and White v. Pepperdine University, in which plaintiffs argue that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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