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Pennsylvania Amendment Would Deny Transgender Youth Access to Health Care Services

October 20, 2017, 10:37 am A handful of lawmakers in Pennsylvania are trying to block transgender youth from receiving access to basic healthcare services.

Freedom for All Americans Celebrates National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2017, 1:35 pm Today, October 11, is the 29th annual National Coming Out Day, founded in 1988 to increase awareness and visibility around the LGBTQ community and to encourage coming out as a form of political activism and resistance.

Major Businesses Urge Supreme Court to Hear Anti-Gay Discrimination Case

October 11, 2017, 10:10 am More than 75 businesses have signed onto an amicus brief that argues Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should protect employees from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Advocates Stand with LGBTQ Mississippians as Nation’s Most Extreme Anti-LGBTQ Law Takes Effect

October 10, 2017, 10:58 am House Bill 1523, the nation’s most extreme anti-LGBTQ law, is now in effect across Mississippi.

Breaking: DOJ Issues Sweeping License to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Americans

October 6, 2017, 2:01 pm Today attorney general Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice issued guidance that gives unprecedented leeway to federal agencies, employees, and government contractors to cite individual religious belief as justification for discriminating against LGBTQ people and denying them services.

Trump Administration Re-Interprets Title VII to Exclude Transgender Americans

October 5, 2017, 2:34 pm The Department of Justice is taking steps to deprive transgender Americans of explicit legal recourse should they face discrimination in the workplace.

LGBTQ Advocates Condemn Mississippi’s HB1523

October 2, 2017, 6:04 pm HB1523 is an extreme law that empowers state officials, employees, and private individuals to legally cite anti-LGBTQ religious views as an excuse for discrimination. The law is scheduled to go into effect on October 6, 2017.  

Multiple LGBTQ Cases on SCOTUS Docket as New Term Begins

October 2, 2017, 4:39 pm Today marks the first day that the U.S. Supreme Court is sitting for oral argument in the 2017-2018 session. As the court returns to work, Masterpiece Cakeshop looms as one of the landmark cases for the term. But the Court could take up a number of additional cases this term that impact LGBTQ Americans, on issues ranging from protections for transgender students, to workplace protections for LGB employees, to the legality of President Trump's transgender military ban.

MA Marks One-Year of Transgender Nondiscrimination Law as Opponents Threaten Repeal

October 2, 2017, 9:21 am October marks the one-year anniversary that Massachusetts' transgender public accommodations law went into effect, ensuring protections for transgender residents statewide from discrimination in public places, including restaurants, shops, and hospitals.

Roy Moore, Darling of Anti-LGBTQ Forces, Wins AL Republican Senate Primary

September 26, 2017, 9:40 pm Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from his position after refusing to recognize the landmark Obergefell decision as the law of the land, won the Alabama GOP primary for the U.S. Senate tonight.

2nd Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Major Gay Discrimination Lawsuit

September 26, 2017, 4:40 pm Today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., a key federal employment discrimination lawsuit out of New York that concerns a man, Don Zarda, who was fired from his job as a skydiving instructor because of his sexual orientation.

Birmingham Passes Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Ordinance

September 26, 2017, 1:39 pm The Birmingham City Council today passed a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance that will protect LGBTQ people living and working in the city from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public spaces.

Tuesday: DOJ and EEOC to Oppose Each Other in Gay Discrimination Case at 2nd Circuit

September 25, 2017, 11:59 am This week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in NYC will hear oral argument in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., a key federal employment discrimination lawsuit out of New York that concerns a man, Don Zarda, who was fired from his job as a skydiving instructor because of his sexual orientation.

Bleachers Launches “Gone Now” Tour Promoting Transgender Equality with The Ally Coalition, Freedom for All Americans

September 22, 2017, 9:51 am Bleachers, The Ally Coalition, and Freedom for All Americans are proud to announce a new partnership geared at increasing visibility around transgender issues throughout the Bleachers' Gone Now concert tour this fall.

Michigan Civil Rights Commission Rejects Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Residents

September 19, 2017, 9:00 am Yesterday evening, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission announced that it will not protect LGBTQ residents and visitors from discrimination under the state’s 1976 Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
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