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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: Legislative Sessions Resume in Indiana & Massachusetts

By Adam Polaski • January 5, 2016, 12:29 pm With the start of 2016 upon us, lawmakers across the country are preparing to return to their state houses – and today and tomorrow in Indiana and Massachusetts, respectively, legislative sessions officially begin.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Sean Buckley in Washington, D.C. 

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2016, 11:15 am We spoke with Sean Buckley, one of the first LGBT-U apprentices, last month about the personal experiences that have led him to be an advocate, his views on why a majority of conservatives support LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination legislation, and his time so far with LGBT University.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Hannah Willard from Orlando, FL

By Adam Polaski • December 28, 2015, 12:49 pm We checked in with Hannah Willard, one of the apprentices in the first cohort of LGBT University, about her work with Equality Florida, her time with LGBT-U, and how her personal experiences have inspired her own commitment for nondiscrimination.

City in Oklahoma Becomes 1st in State to Embrace LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 23, 2015, 10:43 am Last night in Norman, Oklahoma, the City Council unanimously approved non-discrimination protections prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public spaces.

California Proponents of Anti-Transgender Ballot Initiative Fail to Gather Signatures

By Adam Polaski • December 22, 2015, 10:00 am Last night in California, proponents of a dangerous ballot initiative that targeted transgender Californians failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for a statewide ballot vote.

11 Ways LGBT Non-Discrimination Moved Forward in 2015

By Adam Polaski • December 21, 2015, 4:49 pm In 2016, the movement to win comprehensive non-discrimination for LGBT Americans will continue to learn from the lessons gleaned here in 2015 – and together, we will continue moving forward toward the day when no American faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

In Two Weeks, Indiana Business Coalition Calling for LGBT Non-Discrimination Doubles

By Adam Polaski • December 16, 2015, 11:46 am Two weeks ago, dozens of businesses in Indiana came together to launch Indiana Competes – and now, membership in the coalition has more than doubled!

City Council in Savannah, Georgia Unanimously Votes for LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • December 10, 2015, 6:23 pm Today, December 10, the City Council in Savannah, Georgia voted unanimously to extend employment non-discrimination protections to LGBT city employees and applicants seeking employment.

New Legal Case Challenges Anti-LGBT Law in North Carolina

By Adam Polaski • December 9, 2015, 11:16 am SB2 allows North Carolina magistrates, who take an oath to uphold and apply the U.S. Constitution, to assert their religious views rather than follow the law.

Indiana Competes Launches, with Coalition of Leading Businesses Calling for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2015, 12:33 pm Today in Indianapolis marked the launch of Indiana Competes, a coalition of more than 150 Indiana business leaders united in support of full, LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections as a central tenet to sustainable economic growth in the state.

Incoming Louisiana Governor Will Take Executive Action to Protect LGBT State Employees from Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2015, 10:41 am The governor-elect of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has announced that when he takes office on January 11, he will issue an executive order that protects LGBT state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination.

NCAA Could Reconsider Host Cities Based on LGBT Rights

By Adam Polaski • November 23, 2015, 12:00 pm On Friday, November 20, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it could reconsider host cities for future events based on non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.

Wisconsin Legislature Holds Hearing on Dangerous Bill Targeting Transgender Students

By Adam Polaski • November 20, 2015, 1:29 pm Yesterday, Thursday, November 20, the Wisconsin Legislature held an hours-long hearing on A.B. 469, a bill that seeks to single out transgender students in Wisconsin.

Freedom for All Americans Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Adam Polaski • November 20, 2015, 11:19 am Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance of the many lives lost to anti-transgender violence. Freedom for All Americans stands today with millions around the globe in remembering the lives that so many families and communities have lost.

NYT: How Some Presidential Hopefuls Are Twisting the First Amendment Beyond Recognition

By Erik Maulbetsch • November 19, 2015, 3:06 pm In case you missed it, Katherine Stewart’s column in Monday’s New York Times, "Ted Cruz and the Anti-Gay Pastor," is worth a read.
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