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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.

Opponents of LGBTQ Equality Poised to Force Anti-Transgender Measure on Ballot in Anchorage, AK

By Adam Polaski • July 20, 2017, 5:47 pm Today, July 20, opponents of transgender equality submitted signatures in an attempt to force the city of Anchorage, Alaska to vote on a ballot initiative that aims to discriminate against transgender people. 

60 Businesses and Organizations in Arizona File Brief Supporting Phoenix’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • July 19, 2017, 1:52 pm The brief makes the case that protecting LGBTQ people in Arizona from discrimination is strengthens the city's ability to conduct business and boosts the local economy.

Tomorrow: Texas Legislature Reconvenes for Special Session Amid Lawmakers’ Vows to Pass Anti-LGBTQ Bills

By Adam Polaski • July 17, 2017, 10:20 am It’s estimated that the special session, which will run for 30 days, will cost Texas taxpayers about $1 million. Abbott is including 20 items on the call – a tall order for a time-limited session.

In Bipartisan Vote House of Representatives Rejects Anti-Transgender Proposal

By Adam Polaski • July 14, 2017, 11:07 am The measure failed, 214-209, after two dozen Republicans refused to offer their support, and following a day of public outcry that saw Capitol switchboards lighting up with calls from concerned constituents.

Action Alert: Tell Your Representative to Vote No on Anti-Transgender NDAA Amendment

By Adam Polaski • July 13, 2017, 1:18 pm A new amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act has been introduced in the United States Congress with the aim of denying medically necessary health care to transgender people in the U.S. military and their family members.

Jazz Jennings Celebrates Transgender Americans’ Role in the Stonewall Uprising Via #EveryoneWelcome Video

By Megan Clayton • July 10, 2017, 3:41 pm Transgender rights advocate Jazz Jennings celebrated the end of Pride Month last week by representing the #EveryoneWelcome campaign on Twitter.

Ballot Initiative That Would Repeal Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections In Washington State Fails to Qualify

By Megan Clayton • July 7, 2017, 6:10 pm Opponents of transgender non-discrimination in Washington state have failed to submit the required signatures that would qualify an anti-transgender initiative for the fall 2017 ballot.

Faith Leaders from Episcopal Church in Illinois Want to Make #EveryoneWelcome – Including Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • July 7, 2017, 3:19 pm This month two faith leaders from All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois recorded messages of support for the transgender community. The videos were filmed as part of the #EveryoneWelcome campaign, the ongoing public education campaign dedicated to amplifying support and stories from LGBT.

11th Circuit Court Will Not Hear Employment Discrimination Case; Legal Team Appeals to US Supreme Court

By Megan Clayton • July 6, 2017, 3:31 pm Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit declined to grant a full court review in the case of Jameka Evans, a Georgia security guard who was fired for being lesbian. That means Lambda Legal, who are representing Jameka, will appeal the court’s previous decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Anniversary of Open Service, 11 Transgender Servicemembers & Veterans Reflect on Nation’s Step Forward

By Adam Polaski • June 30, 2017, 12:04 pm Today, we’re marking one year since the United States Department of Defense announced that it would end its discriminatory policy prohibiting open service for transgender Americans.

Texas Supreme Court Blatantly Contradicts Days-Old Order from U.S. Supreme Court

By Adam Polaski • June 30, 2017, 10:50 am Today, the Texas Supreme Court, an elected group of judges, failed the state of Texas and blatantly contradicted the nation's highest court in a ruling issued today in Pidgeon v. Turner. The court found that there is no inherent right to government-provided spousal benefits in same-sex marriages.

Wisconsin School Board Will Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Transgender Student’s Legal Victory

By Adam Polaski • June 29, 2017, 10:39 am "KUSD should accept the appeals court's unambiguous ruling and move forward to create a safe, inclusive, nondiscriminatory school environment for all of its students."

Narberth, PA Becomes 43rd Municipality in the Keystone State to Enact Local LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Protections

By Megan Clayton • June 28, 2017, 4:43 pm On June 21st, the Borough Council in Narberth, Pennsylvania voted unanimously to adopt an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that covers employment, housing and public accommodations.

FFAA & SKYY Vodka Wrap Up Pride Month 2017 In NYC

By Megan Clayton • June 27, 2017, 11:55 am Last Sunday, June 25th, we were once again out on the town with our partners at SKYY Vodka.

50 Employers Join for First-of-Its-Kind Amicus Brief in Support of Employment Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • June 26, 2017, 12:16 pm Today 50 businesses representing more than 370,000 employees filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., a case being heard by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.