Masen Davis, Freedom for All Americans CEO
Masen Davis is the Chief Executive Officer at Freedom for All Americans. Masen is a seasoned strategist who has spent the last two decades leading efforts to advance equality for LGBTQ Americans at the state, national, and global levels.
Masen served as the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC) for nearly a decade, and under his leadership TLC became the nation’s largest transgender advocacy organization. His work was critical to the elimination of discriminatory insurance exclusions in California, creating a pathway for transgender Americans to access transition-related care. He was also an integral part of the coalition that helped pass California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), ensuring transgender students have access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity.
Prior to joining FFAA, Masen was Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation, where he worked to strengthen and diversify funding efforts that would advance equal treatment and opportunities for transgender Americans. He also has served as co-director at Global Action for Trans* Equality. Masen also worked as a Community Investment Officer, later Development Director, for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Masen is a published author, and his writings have been published in various books and journals, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice and New Directors in Student Services. Masen received his Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
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Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally. For press inquiries and further information about Masen Davis, contact our Director of Media Relations: Angela Dallara – angela [at] freedomforallamericans.org.
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Why We’re Still Fighting, 22 Years After DOMA
September 21, 2018
Our CEO Masen Davis reflects on the anniversary of the passage of DOMA, as well as all the progress we've made in the nondiscrimination movement since then.
Celebrating 3 Years of Obergefell v. Hodges, and Looking Forward to a Future Free From Discrimination
June 26, 2018
Looking forward to the steps still to come in the nondiscrimination movement, while celebrating 3 years of marriage for same sex couples.
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.
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 People Need Safe Restrooms
Huffington Post • June 24, 2013
Masen Davis reflects on why transgender-inclusive bathroom policies are essential for safety and privacy. (Editor's Note: This piece was written while Masen was President of the Transgender Law Center)
Justices Won’t Review Challenges to Mississippi’s Anti-Gay Law
January 29, 2018
US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Georgia Lesbian’s Employment Discrimination Case
Georgia Voice • December 12, 2017
Masen Davis' comments are featured in an article regarding the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the employment discrimination case of Jameka Evans, an out lesbian fired from her job.
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.
Q&A: Masen Davis Joins Our Team as CEO and Looks Ahead to the Work to Win LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Nationwide
November 22, 2017
This month Masen Davis, longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality, came aboard the Freedom for All Americans team as Chief Executive Officer. During his first week on the job, we spoke with Masen about his background, his thoughts for the future, and why now is the moment we all must be doing everything we can to advance equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans.
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."
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.
CNN: Masen Davis Undeterred by Hate Group Leader
CNN • August 14, 2013
A debate between Masen Davis and Randy Thomasson on California's transgender-inclusive bathroom law for students.
Masen Davis Discusses Transgender Rights on MSNBC
MSNBC • March 25, 2013
Masen Davis discusses a then-proposed Arizona law that would have made it a crime for transgender people to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.