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.

Two Television Interviews Featuring FFAA Staffer Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

By Adam Polaski • February 3, 2017, 12:00 pm In the category of "Outstanding Local Television Interview (Spanish Language)," the episode 'Aceptación' of Sobre Todos Los Géneros was nominated.

Bipartisan and Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill Filed in Florida Today

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2017, 2:14 pm The bipartisan legislation already enjoys the support of the more than 450 businesses working together through the Florida Competes coalition to advance the bill.

Volunteer and Take Action Against Anti-LGBT Supreme Court Nominee

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2017, 12:58 pm To mobilize national action against this nominee, Freedom for All Americans is partnering with the National Equality Action Team to drive thousands of calls into key Senators' offices.

Trump Names Judge Neil Gorsuch, Judge With History of Anti-LGBT Positions, as SCOTUS Pick

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 9:51 pm Tonight, January 31, President Trump announced that his nomination for the Supreme Court is Neil Gorsuch, a Tenth Circuit judge who has previously shown significant deference to private employers and corporations who deny equal protections or services to individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs.

Sponsors of Anti-Transgender Locker Room Restrictions Bill Withdraws Legislation in South Dakota

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 12:31 pm This morning, before a scheduled committee hearing in the South Dakota Senate, the lead sponsor of SB 115, a dangerous piece of legislation targeting transgender students in South Dakota, announced that he has pulled his bill from consideration.

Joint Statement with Out Leadership & National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on White House’s Retention of LGBT+ Protections

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 12:16 pm The President’s decision to continue nondiscrimination protections for employees of federal contractors is the smart choice, both economically and morally, and also a best practice of the vast majority of America’s largest companies.

New Policy from Boy Scouts of America Will Include Transgender Youth

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 11:42 am "The Boy Scouts are one of the most well-respected and time-honored institutions in America. In giving transgender boys the same opportunity to instill strong values and develop practical skills to prepare them for the future, the Boy Scouts are sending a message of fairness and freedom for everyone to be who they are and to make important contributions to the world.

Lawmakers and Businesses Put LGBT Protections on Arizona’s 2017 Agenda

By Megan Clayton • January 30, 2017, 4:28 pm Earlier today, state Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs and House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios introduced two bills that would update Arizona’s non-discrimination laws to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as well as veterans.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Jacksonville Steps Closer to LGBT Protections, While Some States Defeat Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 5:35 pm Every Friday 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. Here’s our second 2017 entry – a look at the landscape for LGBT non-discrimination in these eight states:

As Wyoming Lawmakers Withdraw Bill, Republican Governor Dissuades Focus on Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 10:38 am Wyoming Equality, the statewide organization that worked to defeat the bill, posted to Facebook shortly after: "You did it! Thanks to your calls, your letters, your outcry, HB 135 is dead. But the fight isn't over, we need you more than ever to fight these bills and support the good ones."

Reflecting on President Obama’s LGBT Legacy – and Looking Toward Future Gains

By Adam Polaski • January 19, 2017, 1:23 pm Today, January 19, is Barack Obama's final day as President of the United States. For eight years he has become an unprecedented voice for LGBT equality in the nation's highest office, and at Freedom for All Americans we are grateful for all of his contributions forward.

New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Georgia’s Lack of Modern Civil Rights Laws, Including LGBT Protections

By Megan Clayton • January 17, 2017, 11:37 am The report, titled Liberty & Justice in Georgia: Protecting Our Heritage & Growing Our Competitive Future, speaks in detail about this lapse in basic civil rights protections, a status that places Georgia as one of the weakest states in the nation in terms of its ability to protect citizens from discrimination, including LGBT people.

Honoring Strong LGBT Support Among People of Faith on Religious Freedom Day

By Adam Polaski • January 16, 2017, 11:47 am The freedom of religion should be celebrated as a fundamental right, something vital for all people in our country – but it should never be used as a weapon, something explicitly and specifically leveraged to harm a class of people or make discrimination easier.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: 2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off With Many LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 13, 2017, 1:18 pm 2017 is off to a wild start already, with dozens of states launching headfirst into their 2017 legislative sessions. At the top of the agenda in many states? LGBT-related bills.

Tourism & Convention Leaders Gather In Austin, Warn Of SB6’s Dire Economic Consequences

By Megan Clayton • January 12, 2017, 4:22 pm Leaders in the tourism, convention and meeting planning industries met in Austin Wednesday to speak out about Senate Bill 6, a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” that would ban transgender people from using restrooms in public places and would overturn local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination.