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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 Non-Discrimination: Legislatures Across the Country Consider LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 28, 2016, 6:23 pm It's been a busy week for the movement to win LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections – and defend against attempts to codify discrimination into state statute. Here's a look at what's going on in state legislatures.

Indiana Senate Committee Advances Unacceptable, Exclusionary Bill

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 10:52 pm Senate Bill 344 must be amended to ensure all Hoosiers, including transgender Hoosiers, are protected from discrimination. It is completely unacceptable in its current form.

Missouri Senate Committee Holds Hearing on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 4:30 pm Today in Missouri, the Senate Committee on Progress and Development held a hearing on the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals.

WATCH: Bipartisan Group of West Virginia Legislators Support LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 2:11 pm The video was released the same week that a hearing is set on a bill designed to discriminate against LGBT people in West Virginia.

Indiana Senate Committee Stops ‘Super RFRA’ to Begin Day Filled with Several LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 11:39 am This morning, January 27, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee did not hear any testimony or a vote on Senate Bill 66 – which has become known as a "Super RFRA."

TODAY: Florida’s Republican-Controlled Senate Holds Hearing on LGBT Non-discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 26, 2016, 11:17 am Today at 1pm ET in Tallahassee, Florida, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the Florida Competitive Workforce Act – the first time a non-discrimination bill covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has ever received a hearing in the Sunshine State.

Days Before Indiana Hears 3 LGBT-Related Bills, Economic Damage of RFRA Fight Clearer Than Ever

By Adam Polaski • January 25, 2016, 8:02 pm Now, with several other LGBT-related bills – all imperfect or otherwise terribly damaging – the state of Indiana must confront the reality that their legislative priorities are crippling the economic prospects and overall reputation of the Hoosier state.

LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill to Be Heard by Florida Legislature for the First Time Ever

By Adam Polaski • January 21, 2016, 6:51 pm Next Tuesday, supporters of the fight to win comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in Florida will celebrate a historic first: At last, Florida lawmakers have officially scheduled a committee hearing on the Competitive Workforce Act.

Missouri Governor Calls for LGBT Non-Discrimination in ‘State of the State’ Address

By Adam Polaski • January 21, 2016, 9:23 am Last night, January 20, in St. Louis, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for comprehensive non-discrimination protections that include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Missouri.

New Poll Reveals Economically Harmful Lingering Impact of RFRA Fight in Indiana

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 7:42 pm Today, January 20, a new poll from Visit Indy – the official tourism site of Indianapolis – demonstrates the negative hit that the Hoosier State's reputation took following the passage of the so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) in early 2015.

Georgia Legislator Introduces Bill Allowing Widespread Discrimination Against LGBT Families

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 6:44 pm Today, January 20, Georgia State Senator Greg Kirk (R-Americus) introduced a sweeping bill that would allow government employees and contractors in Georgia to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples and their children.

Senator Mark Kirk is First Republican Senator to Sponsor Equality Act

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 11:10 am Yesterday, January 19, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) became the first Republican Senate co-sponsor of the Equality Act, a federal bill that would establish comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans.

Montana Governor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT State Employees

By Adam Polaski • January 19, 2016, 11:38 am On January 18, 2016, Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order that protects state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Recognizing Religious Freedom Day, Honoring Strong Faith Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 16, 2016, 10:04 am This weekend, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring January 16, 2016 Religious Freedom Day. Freedom for All Americans joins the many organizations and individuals recognizing Religious Freedom Day.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Jose Rivas in Phoenix, Arizona

By Adam Polaski • January 15, 2016, 10:06 pm We spoke with Jose Rivas, one of the LGBT-U apprentices, about his current work with Competitive Arizona, his time with LGBT-U so far, and his work in other movements.
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