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.

Montana Momentum: Lawmakers Block Dangerous Anti-Transgender Ballot Measure

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 6:39 pm Today, March 27, the Montana House Judiciary Committee defeated a bill calling for a statewide ballot initiative that would have prohibited transgender individuals from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

In Positive Ruling, 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 3:44 pm Today a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a case featuring a gay man suing for employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping.

New Analysis: HB 2 Will Cost North Carolina $3.76 Billion

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 12:01 pm The discriminatory North Carolina law that bans transgender people from public restrooms, will cost the state at least $3.76 billion in lost investment over the next 12 years.

This Weekend: 100+ Faith Communities Join for National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice

By Adam Polaski • March 24, 2017, 12:12 pm This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 125 congregations in more than 30 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice,

Sustained Grassroots Campaign from LGBT Advocates Obliterates Legislative Support for 2 Anti-LGBT Bills in Oklahoma

By Megan Clayton • March 23, 2017, 5:06 pm Two anti-LGBT bills are officially dead for the session in the Sooner State thanks to a sustained grassroots pressure campaign from Freedom Oklahoma, the premiere advocacy group working to secure full equality and legal protections for LGBT Oklahomans.

Trump Administration Selects HHS Civil Rights Office Leader with Deep Anti-Transgender History

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2017, 4:39 pm This week President Trump's administration quietly appointed Roger Severino, a longtime opponent of transgender equality, as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services.

VA Governor Vetoes 2 Anti-LGBT Bills That Would Have Given Businesses & Officials A License to Discriminate

By Megan Clayton • March 23, 2017, 4:32 pm Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe added to his long record of supporting LGBT non-discrimination by vetoing two bills—House Bill 2025 and Senate Bill 1324—that purported to protect religious freedom, but in reality were merely a smokescreen for discrimination.

In Hearing, Dozens of Montanans Oppose Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2017, 3:43 pm If approved, the measure will be put before the voters of Montana in November of 2018, a strategy opponents of LGBT equality have recently pushed hard.

Tennessee Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Transgender Bill, Likely Defeating It For The Session

By Megan Clayton • March 22, 2017, 5:11 pm A dangerous bill, SB 771, that would have prohibited students from using the restrooms that match the gender they live as every day has just been defeated in Tennessee, meaning that it and its House counterpart, House Bill 888, will not advance this year.

Kentucky Governor Signs Religious Refusals Bill into Law, Targeting LGBT Students

By Adam Polaski • March 22, 2017, 3:49 pm On Monday, Kentucky's Republican Governor Matt Bevin signed into law Senate Bill 17, a bill that purports to protect the religious freedom of students but in fact carves out a dangerous license to discriminate against LGBT students in schools.

This Week in Nondiscrimination: Lawmakers Ignore Damage of Anti-LGBT Legislation, Advancing Discriminatory Bills

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2017, 11:26 am Each weekend of this year’s legislative session for the next few months, Freedom for All Americans will be recapping what happened in states across the country with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Bill Making It a Crime for Transgender People to Use the Restroom

By Adam Polaski • March 17, 2017, 5:07 pm Today in Arkansas, the House of Representatives advanced HB1986, which seeks to effectively criminalize transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity.

Tennessee House Passes Bill to Erase Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Parents from State Law

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2017, 5:31 pm Today, Thursday March 16, the Tennessee House of Representatives advanced legislation that attempts to eliminate rights for same sex couples and parents.

National Equality Action Team Will Expand to Broader LGBT Equality Efforts

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2017, 11:58 am Today the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) announced an expansion to become its own individual entity and increase the scope of its mission to include progressive LGBT issues beyond nondiscrimination protections.

Texas Senate Engrosses Broad Anti-LGBT Bill SB6 on 21-10 Vote

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2017, 9:28 am On Tuesday, March 14, the Texas Senate took one more step toward approving SB 6, voting to engross the bill 21-10. The Senate is likely to vote on final passage today.
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