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.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Deja Smith Speaks Out Against Anti-Transgender Laws with #EveryoneWelcome

By Adam Polaski • April 6, 2017, 10:20 am A new video from Deja Smith, acclaimed makeup artist, is speaking out for transgender equality and adding her voice to the many who have declared that our country should be a place where we make #EveryoneWelcome.

Momentum: For the First Time, Federal Judge Finds Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Violation of Fair Housing Act

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 2:40 pm In less than twenty-four hours, two federal courts in two different states issued landmark, first-of-their-kind rulings finding that federal law prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

HISTORIC: Why the 7th Circuit Ruling Declaring Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Illegal is So Important

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 9:03 am Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a historic en banc ruling in favor of Kimberly Hively, a math teacher who was fired from her job in Indiana because she was seen kissing her girlfriend.

NCAA Acquiesces to New Anti-LGBT Law that Replaced North Carolina’s HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 4, 2017, 10:30 am The NCAA announced this morning that North Carolina’s hastily passed HB 142 law “minimally” met the league’s standards for consideration in awarding championship events.

What You Need to Know About Mississippi’s HB1523, Considered by 5th Circuit Today

By Adam Polaski • April 3, 2017, 12:57 pm On April 3rd, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals in Lubbock, Texas will hear arguments on Mississippi’s HB 1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBT religious exemption law.

Advocates Mark Transgender Day of Visibility with the #EveryoneWelcome Campaign

By Adam Polaski • March 31, 2017, 1:17 pm Earlier this month, Freedom for All Americans partnered with six other organizations to launch the national #EveryoneWelcome social media and video campaign to build understanding about who transgender people are and the deep support for transgender equality

NC General Assembly Passes So-Called HB 2 ‘Repeal’ That Is Anything But

By Megan Clayton • March 30, 2017, 2:17 pm The North Carolina General Assembly advanced a so-called HB 2 compromise bill today that unfortunately does nothing to address the underlying problems of the original law.

Rather Than Simply Repeal HB2, North Carolina Lawmakers Double Down on Discrimination with New Proposal

By Adam Polaski • March 30, 2017, 9:24 am The legislation lawmakers will vote on, however, leaves the most discriminatory components of HB 2 in place and puts nondiscrimination protections for LGBT North Carolinians out of reach for years to come.

7th Circuit Panel Presses School District Hard on Anti-Transgender Restroom Policy

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2017, 5:47 pm The hearing today was on a preliminary injunction issued by a district court judge in 2016, which permitted the boy, Ashton Whitaker, to use the boys' room.

Olmsted Falls is the Latest Ohio City to Pass LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2017, 9:53 am Just one day after Akron, the fifth largest city in the Buckeye State, passed a local ordinance prohibiting discrimination between sexual orientation and gender identity, Olmsted Falls also passed a similar ordinance.

Akron, Ohio Enacts LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections as Supportive Legislation Is Introduced Statewide

By Adam Polaski • March 28, 2017, 12:55 pm Last night, Akron, Ohio became the seventeenth city in Ohio to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity.

Associated Press Adopts Gender-Neutral ‘They’ as Singular Pronoun

By Adam Polaski • March 28, 2017, 11:58 am This week at the American Copy Editors Society national conference in St. Petersburg, FL, the Associated Press announced that its new addition would adopt the use of "they" as a singular pronoun.

Montana Momentum: Lawmakers Block Dangerous Anti-Transgender Ballot Measure

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 6:39 pm Today, March 27, the Montana House Judiciary Committee defeated a bill calling for a statewide ballot initiative that would have prohibited transgender individuals from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

In Positive Ruling, 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 3:44 pm Today a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a case featuring a gay man suing for employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping.

New Analysis: HB 2 Will Cost North Carolina $3.76 Billion

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 12:01 pm The discriminatory North Carolina law that bans transgender people from public restrooms, will cost the state at least $3.76 billion in lost investment over the next 12 years.