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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.

Here’s the Sweeping New Anti-LGBT Bill North Carolina Lawmakers Have Proposed in Today’s Special Session

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2016, 11:00 am Today in North Carolina, leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly unveiled a sweeping bill, designed to target an ordinance recently approved in Charlotte extending comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.

VICTORY: Anti-Transgender “Gender Inspection Bill” Defeated in Tennessee

By Cameron Tolle • March 22, 2016, 1:14 pm Big news out of Tennessee today, where lawmakers rejected HB 2414, a dangerous "Gender Inspection" bill specifically targeting transgender students.

NC Lawmakers Convene Unprecedented, Costly Special Legislative Session to Repeal Charlotte’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Cameron Tolle • March 22, 2016, 9:35 am After weeks of threats, legislative leaders in North Carolina announced that the General Assembly will reconvene tomorrow—Wednesday, March 22nd—for a special legislative session aimed at repealing Charlotte's LGBT non-discrimination law. The unprecedented legislative session will cost taxpayers upwards of $42,000 per day.

Lawmakers Threaten Costly Special Session to Overturn Pro-Business Ordinance in Charlotte, NC

By Claire Caldwell • March 21, 2016, 2:08 pm By calling a special session mere weeks before the start of legislative session, lawmakers could cost the state hundreds of thousands in taxpayer funds in efforts to overturn local non-discrimination legislation.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: All Eyes on Georgia with Anti-LGBT Bill 1 Signature from Law

By Adam Polaski • March 19, 2016, 9:46 am This week anti-LGBT legislation advanced in states across the country – but nowhere is a bill more extreme or closer to becoming law than in Georgia, where HB 757, a very broad religious exemption bill cobbled together from several anti-LGBT bills, was shoved through the legislature unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Major Sporting Teams in Atlanta Oppose Anti-LGBT Bill in Georgia

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 5:43 pm The Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Falcons all expressed disappointment with the bill, which now is in the hands of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the last line of defense before the terrible bill becomes law.

NFL Sounds Off on Anti-LGBT Bills, with Potential Consequences for Georgia

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 5:18 pm The National Football League (NFL) is weighing in on anti-LGBT legislation surging through state legislatures – most recently in Georgia – and its statement could have major implications for Atlanta’s long-hoped chances to host a Super Bowl.

Largest Business Association in Missouri Urges Lawmakers to Reject SJR-39

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 10:19 am "Despite the technical changes in the resolution, the Missouri Chamber cannot ignore the detrimental impact this would have on our state's economy," the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said this week.

Georgia Lawmakers Advance Terrible Anti-LGBT Bill Even After Weeks of Statewide Opposition

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2016, 6:33 pm Today, March 16, lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to push through terrible legislation that would allow for broad, painful discrimination against LGBT people across the state.

Barber Denies Service to Transgender Veteran, Citing Religious Beliefs

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2016, 5:57 pm The barbershop owner said no, explaining that he would not cut any woman's hair – even though Kendall is transgender and identifies as male.

MasterCard Joins Growing Array of Businesses Speaking Out Against Missouri’s SJR 39

By Megan Clayton • March 16, 2016, 12:02 pm President of Technologies and Operations at MasterCard Rob Reeg released a statement last week lauding Governor Jay Nixon for his commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and urging him to stand firm against any legislation that would allow discrimination.

Tennessee House Subcommittee Advances Anti-Transgender “Gender Inspection” bill

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2016, 7:09 pm Now the bill advances to the the Senate Education Committee, where Tennessee lawmakers should heed the concerns of Governor Haslam by refusing to advance the clearly discriminatory bill.

Kokomo, Indiana Passes LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2016, 2:07 pm Last night, March 14, the City Council of Kokomo, Indiana gave final approval to a human rights ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

Tennessee Lawmakers to Consider Anti-Transgender Bill, Following Governor’s Discussion of Concerns

By Megan Clayton • March 15, 2016, 10:45 am A Tennessee bill that would force transgender children to use facilities that correspond with their biological sex—ignoring their gender identity or expression—has had its hearing rescheduled to next week.

This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Filibuster Against Anti-LGBT Bill Captivates the Country

By Adam Polaski • March 12, 2016, 8:27 am Legislative sessions in many state legislatures are drawing to a close in the coming weeks – with almost no anti-LGBT legislation being signed into law, a testament to our movement's ability to defend against nearly 200 bills seeking to roll back protections for LGBT people.
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