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.

WATCH: FFAA Public Ed. Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen Shares Personal Story on CNN Español

By Megan Clayton • January 12, 2017, 4:13 pm Last week, Freedom for All Americans’ Director of Education Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen appeared on CNN Español to discuss findings from the National Center for Transgender Equality's recently released 2015 U.S. Trans Survey.

South Dakota Governor Latest Republican Leader to Dismiss Need for Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 12, 2017, 1:48 pm Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota said there is no need to revive last year’s ill-fated legislation to ban transgender individuals from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Debuts HB 2-Style Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 5, 2017, 4:44 pm Today in Texas, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick unveiled Senate Bill 6, his long-promised measure that threatens Texas’ economic prosperity and singles out transgender Texans for acute discrimination.

Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Contractors from Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 5, 2017, 11:52 am Great news today out of Virginia, where Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an expanded LGBT-inclusive executive order prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state contractors and subcontractors.

Jacksonville City Council Introduces Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2017, 4:19 pm Jacksonville is the twelfth largest city in the United States and one of the few top cities where LGBT people are not explicitly protected from discrimination.

New Legislative Tracker Launches to Keep an Eye on Anti-LGBT Legislation Nationwide

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2017, 2:31 pm These discriminatory bills are hard to keep track of – and that's why Freedom for All Americans is launching a new legislative tracker to help you wrap your head around everything going on in your state and throughout the country.

FFAA & FFAAEF Boards of Directors Will Help Pave the Way Toward LGBT Non-Discrimination Nationwide

By Adam Polaski • January 4, 2017, 11:52 am Today Freedom for All Americans and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund publicly introduced their boards of directors who provide strategic guidance, support, and direction for the organizations.

10 Ways Discrimination Against LGBT Americans Was Spotlighted in 2016

By Adam Polaski • December 27, 2016, 1:20 am As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Freedom for All Americans reflects on the biggest LGBT stories in 2016.

North Carolina General Assembly Fails to Repeal Anti-LGBT HB2

By Adam Polaski • December 22, 2016, 10:52 am Lawmakers in North Carolina’s General Assembly failed today to repeal HB 2, the anti-LGBT law that has to date cost the state nearly a billion dollars in lost revenue and led to Gov. Pat McCrory losing his reelection bid.

North Carolina General Assembly to Convene Special Session to Consider HB2 Repeal

By Adam Polaski • December 19, 2016, 12:35 pm The North Carolina General Assembly will convene a special session tomorrow to consider repeal of HB 2, the damaging law that banned transgender people from using public restrooms and eradicated local LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

6th Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Ruling in Favor of Transgender Student to Take Effect

By Adam Polaski • December 16, 2016, 12:58 pm By doing so, the school allowed a lower court ruling – which allows a young transgender girl to use the girl's restroom at school without discrimination – to take effect.

Louisiana Judge Rules Against Governor’s LGBT Executive Order in Attorney General’s Shameful Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • December 14, 2016, 2:52 pm Today, December 14, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against a 2016 executive order in Louisiana protecting LGBT contractors and employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Businesses in Tennessee Launch Coalition to Support LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 13, 2016, 12:22 pm This morning, December 13, nearly 200 businesses across Tennessee launched Tennessee Thrives, a coalition of large and small businesses from almost every industry dedicated to ensuring Tennessee is an open an inclusive state for everyone, including LGBT people.

Transgender Man in Louisiana Wins in Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • December 7, 2016, 4:09 pm n arbitrator today, December 7, ruled that existing federal law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also covers discrimination based on gender identity.

New Research Out of Texas Illustrates the Economic Damage Caused By Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Megan Clayton • December 6, 2016, 1:59 pm Two new studies from the Texas Association of Business (TAB) show the magnitude of the economic damage caused by anti-LGBT, anti-business legislation. The report is part of a new, business-led effort in Texas called Keep Texas Open for Business.