News Clips

Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working alongside our state and national partners in the fight for LGBTQ-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 LGBTQ people are. View Freedom for All Americans Press Releases – and get in touch – here.

Supreme Court Takes on Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

The Hill • December 7, 2017 Masen Davis and others discuss the importance of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why the ‘Religious Freedom’ Argument in Masterpiece Cannot Stand at the Supreme Court

INTO • December 7, 2017 The week of the 'Masterpiece Cakeshop' oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, Masen Davis reflected on the importance of religious freedom – but why religion should never be used to discriminate.

Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, Speaks Out for #OpenToAll Supreme Court Rally

Speech Outside of U.S. Supreme Court • December 5, 2017 While oral arguments in the case of 'Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission' were proceeding inside the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5, 2017, outside, a rally of hundreds showed their support of nondiscrimination protections and listened to a variety of speakers, including Freedom for All Americans CEO Masen Davis.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Reminds Me of Jim Crow. We Can’t Create New 2nd-Class Citizens.

USA Today • December 5, 2017 Montel Williams pens an oped on the 'Masterpiece Cakeshop' case: "My heart has changed, due in large part to patient counsel by friends in the LGBT community who helped me understand why I was wrong."

What’s At Stake: The Current Landscape On LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

Huffington Post • December 2, 2017 Freedom For All Americans CEO Masen Davis speaks about the upcoming battles in the months ahead regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination.

Transgender Professor Awarded Over $1 Million in Discrimination Case

LGBTQ Nation • November 21, 2017 "Today’s news is a tremendous victory for Rachel and the many transgender people across America who face discrimination at work. Across the country, courts are increasingly reaching the conclusion that sex and gender stereotyping is a form of sex discrimination and therefore illegal under Title VII."

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.
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