News Clips

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.


La Influencia Transformadora de Rodrigo, el Hijo Transgénero de Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

CNN en Español • May 20, 2016 In a great interview with CNN Español, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, share the importance of speaking out for transgender equality and the need to end anti-transgender discrimination.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘Rodrigo Tenía Miedo Que No Lo Íbamos a Aceptar’

Al Punto • May 20, 2016 No one should face discrimination because of who they are, and it is vital for families to come together to support each other, especially in the face of such discrimination. That's the message Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother Ileana shared on this Univision program.

GOP Congresswoman Stands Up For LGBT Rights Alongside Her Transgender Son

Huffington Post • May 18, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his family discuss the importance of LGBTQ rights following their filming of two PSA's with SAVE Florida.

GOP Rep. Defends LGBT Rights

MSBNC LIve With Jose Diaz-Balart • May 18, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen joins his mother, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to discuss the need for equal protections for transgender people in the wake of North Carolina's HB2.

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen Thanks his Family for Supporting Him as a Transgender Child

The Miami Herald • May 16, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his family kick off the "Family is Everything" campaign for LGBTQ rights in Florida.

A Republican Congresswoman Has Personal Stake in Transgender Debate

The New York Times • May 16, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his parents speak with The New York Times about their journey as a family with a transgender child.

GOP Congresswoman, Transgender Son Press for Equal Protections

CNN • May 5, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, discuss the need for equal protections.

When the Political is Personal

• April 21, 2016 "The whole reason I got into LGBT work in the first place was that I wanted to make other peoples’ experiences better than mine," says Kasey Suffredini. "Now that we have the attention, we have to tell our stories. Most Americans believe in fairness, and I think when they understand the reality that most trans people face, they’re going to say, ‘surely we can do better.’"

Co-Chair of Freedom Massachusetts Responds to Bill That Would Protect Transgender Rights

WCVB-5 Massachusetts • April 14, 2016 Kasey Suffredini talks about the importance of passing a bill to protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination. (Editor's Note: This interview was taped before passage of Bill S.2407 in June, 2016)

KTVU Talks to the Director of the Transgender Freedom Project

KTVU FOX 2 • April 13, 2016 KTVU talks to Kasey Suffredini about the ongoing movement for transgender non-discrimination.

Transgender Freedom Project: Broadcast Interview, FOX SF

• April 12, 2016 Kasey Suffredini, director of the Transgender Freedom Project, gives an interview to a local Bay Area FOX station about the TFP's goals and activities.

Let Transgender People Achieve Their American Dream

CNN • April 5, 2016 President of Strategy Kasey Suffredini introduces the Transgender Freedom Project.

Let Transgender People Achieve Their American Dream

CNN • April 5, 2016 Kasey Suffredini, a transgender attorney, chief program officer at Freedom for All Americans, and director of the Transgender Freedom Project, pens an op-ed about the crucial need for public education on transgender issues.

Activists Try to Calm Fears Over Transgender Bathroom Access

• April 3, 2016 The Associated Press announces the launch of the Transgender Freedom Project in the context of the current landscape on LGBT nondiscrimination and transgender equality.

Discriminatory Laws Hurt Health of LGBT Tennesseans

The Tennesseean • April 1, 2016 These bills, among other anti-gay and anti-transgender legislation, are potentially harmful to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Tennesseans. Numerous public health studies have demonstrated that institutional and policy-based discrimination causes harm and leads to substantial health disparities.
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