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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.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: As the Nation Pushes Back, Lawmakers Quietly Abandon Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • February 26, 2016, 5:03 pm While we took big steps forward in defeating anti-LGBT measures this week, however, several heinous bills are dangerously close to becoming law. Here's a look:

Religious Exemption Bill in Georgia Endangers State’s $6 Billion Film Industry

By Adam Polaski • February 24, 2016, 1:09 pm All of that work to build up the entertainment industry in Georgia is in jeopardy because of a hugely overreaching bill that arms any individual, business, or organization with a License to Discriminate.

LISTEN: Transgender Teenager in South Dakota Urges Governor to Veto Damaging Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 24, 2016, 8:51 am "This law means that no matter what people might think at school, how they might accept me at school, the state doesn't."

City Council in Charlotte, NC – One of the Nation’s Largest – Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2016, 10:00 pm Tonight in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte City Council voted to approve an ordinance that extends comprehensive non-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, and more to LGBT people in the city.

Nation’s Leading Health Care Organizations Urge South Dakota Governor to Veto HB1008

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2016, 1:44 pm Many different health organizations and associations have weighed in on the horrible bill, which would punish transgender people simply for being who they are – in the place where they should feel safest: school.

Victory: Wisconsin Bill Targeting Transgender Students Dies in Committee

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2016, 11:07 am he close of the legislative session means that a terrible bill – one that would have prohibited transgender children from using public school facilities that match their gender identity – will not move forward.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Momentum Builds for Elected Officials to Reject Anti-LGBT Proposals

By Adam Polaski • February 20, 2016, 11:36 am National attention has shined a laser-sharp focus this week on several states – including South Dakota, Georgia, and Mississippi – as lawmakers work on overdrive to push through anti-LGBT bills that would irreparably harm the states, the LGBT people who live there, and the welcoming environment necessary for state-level economic growth in business development.

Georgia Senate Approves Far-Reaching Bill Targeting LGBT People

By Adam Polaski • February 19, 2016, 4:24 pm Today, February 19, after three hours of debate and weeks of people from across the state decrying this discriminatory legislation, the Georgia Senate voted to advance a sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination bill by a 38-14 vote.

Eye on the Opposition: South Dakota Bill Being Pushed by Anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom

By Erik Maulbetsch • February 18, 2016, 5:19 pm Bills targeting transgender youth are appearing in state legislatures all across the country. From Virginia to Wisconsin, South Dakota to Missouri, the simultaneous introduction of these specifically worded anti-trans bill is not a coincidence.

Georgia Lawmakers Intensify Anti-LGBT Bills; Consequences Are Now More Damaging than RFRA

By Adam Polaski • February 18, 2016, 10:54 am As amended this week, the bill – the misleadingly-titled "First Amendment Defense Act" – allows any taxpayer funded, faith-based nonprofit or agency to deny all services based on religious beliefs.

Virginia and Georgia Lawmakers Advance Bills Allowing for Broad Discrimination Against LGBT People

By Adam Polaski • February 17, 2016, 9:06 am Freedom for All Americans calls on elected officials in Virginia, Georgia, and South Dakota to reject these discriminatory bills that single out LGBT people and others for harm.

Alert: South Dakota Governor Daugaard Must Show Leadership By Vetoing First-of-its-Kind Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2016, 5:58 pm Today, February 16, the South Dakota Senate passed legislation to ban transgender students from using the facilities that would force transgender students in public schools to use restrooms, locker rooms, and facilities that correspond with their biological sex, ignoring their gender identity or expression.

Elected Officials in South Dakota Must Reject Bill that Endangers Transgender Children

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2016, 1:14 pm Today in South Dakota, the state Senate may take up H.B. 1008, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives in a move to harm transgender children.

New LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill Filed in Kentucky with Bipartisan Support

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2016, 11:29 am This week, lawmakers in Kentucky introduced new legislation seeking to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Kentucky from discrimination – and for the first time, according to Kentucky's statewide LGBT organization the Fairness Campaign, the legislation has bipartisan support, signaling a step forward.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: With Anti-LGBT Bills Advancing, Here’s How We’re Pushing Back

By Adam Polaski • February 13, 2016, 12:06 pm This week, several anti-LGBT bills advanced – and momentum continued to build as fair-minded Americans voiced clear commitment to the fight.
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