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Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working alongside our state and national partners in the fight for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination. Here, check out recent news stories referencing our work – or our responses to non-discrimination campaigns and more expansive work to educate Americans about who LGBT people are. View Freedom for All Americans Press Releases – and get in touch – here.


It’s Now Massachusetts’ Turn

Commonwealth • November 11, 2017 For many, Election Night 2017 was a glimmer of hope after a downright dark political year. Races all over the country made history. One of the most significant was the election of Danica Roem in Virginia, one of the first openly transgender people elected to a state legislature in the United States. History was recorded, too, in Minneapolis, where voters elected not one, but two, transgender people of color to the city council.

With Trump and Sessions, States Offer Important Pathway to Equality

The Advocate • October 26, 2017 It’s hard to believe that President Donald Trump has been in office for nearly nine months — and it’s even harder to comprehend the way many of his policy upheavals are already taking a human toll on Americans all across our nation. Many communities are impacted right now, including LGBTQ Americans. And it’s stunning how much has changed in such a short period of time.

Texas Bathroom Bill Dies Again, Raising Republican Acrimony

The New York Times • August 16, 2017 Kasey Suffredini is quoted about the failure of the Texas legislature to pass an anti-transgender bathroom bill in the 2017 legislative session.

GOP senators break with Trump over transgender troop ban

The Hill • July 27, 2017 Multiple Republican senators broke with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced on Twitter that transgender troops would be banned from serving in the military.

LGBT community cannot be complacent in pursuit of equality

Miami Herald • June 26, 2017 An op-ed by Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen featured in the Miami Herald.

How LGBT Rights Have Fared 40 Years After Anita Bryant

The Advocate • June 14, 2017 An op-ed by Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen in The Advocate

“Necesitamos Una Ley Federal Contra La Discriminación”: Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Hijo Transgénero De La Congresista De EE. UU. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

NTN 24: Nuestra Tele Noticias • June 14, 2017 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Freedom for All Americans' Director of Public Education, shares what it's like to grow up and come out as transgender, and how people can take steps to protect transgender people from discrimination. "We need a federal law against discrimination," he says.

Transgender Rights Advocate Says Stories Are Key To Acceptance

Akron Beacon Journal • May 7, 2017 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen spoke to funders and citizens in Akron, OH about the state of transgender rights across the country, including the Buckeye State.

Congresista Hispana Presenta a su Hijo Transgénero

Don Francisco Te Invita • January 29, 2017 In this episode of Telemundo Don Francisco Te Invita, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen appears with her son, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, sharing the story of Rodrigo's transition and a strong message of support for LGBTQ people across the United States.

6 Activists On The Best Ways To Be An Ally To Trans & Nonbinary People Right Now

Bustle • January 26, 2017 Kasey Suffredini is a transgender attorney with nearly two decades of experience working on LGBT issues, and the chief program officer of Freedom for All Americans and director of the group's Transgender Freedom Project.

Freedom for All Americans Names Board of Directors

Metro Weekly • December 30, 2016 Freedom for All Americans (FFAA), the group dedicated to ensuring nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and its Education Fund have announced the names of those who will lead their boards of directors as the organization prepares for an onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation this upcoming year.

Unfinished Business: Movements

AtlanticLIVE • November 18, 2016 A panel featuring Kasey Suffredini and others discussing the role of minority groups following the 2016 election.

Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cuenta Cómo Aceptó a su Hijo Transgénero

Aqui y Ahora • September 18, 2016 On an episode of 'Aqui y Ahora,' Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, discuss the importance of all family members affirming and accepting their transgender family members.

Transgender Rights Milestone

NECN Boston: The Take With Sue O'Connell • July 12, 2016 Kasey Suffredini and other guests describe what's on track for transgender rights following the passage of Bill S.2407 in Massachusetts.

Governor Baker Signs Transgender Bill into Law

The Boston Globe • July 8, 2016 “It’s a matter of symbolism,” said Kasey Suffredini, who cochairs Freedom Massachusetts, the main advocacy group supporting the bill. “It means so much to me as a transgender person that the government of Massachusetts has my back.”