Content Filed Under: Trump Administration

Posts regarding actions, decisions, and statements from President Trump’s administration in relation to non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.


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Federal Judge Denies White House Attempt to Delay Transgender Americans from Enlisting in U.S. Military

By Adam Polaski • December 11, 2017, 2:24 pm Today, December 11, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in Doe v. Trump that transgender Americans must be allowed to enlist in the United States military beginning January 1. The Pentagon had requested a stay in the judge's previous ruling blocking President Trump's anti-transgender military ban, and this order today denies that stay. 
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We’ve Seen This Before: Masterpiece Arguments Echo Prior Non-Discrimination Fights

By George Simpson • November 27, 2017, 1:06 pm On December 5, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that could have dramatic consequences for the movement to secure LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections nationwide.
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Giving Thanks and Moving Forward in the Movement for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • November 22, 2017, 11:59 am Today on Thanksgiving,  Freedom For All Americans is focusing all that we have to be grateful for.
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44 Senators Push Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Exclusion of Transgender People from Title VII

By Shane Stahl • November 3, 2017, 6:25 pm “Actions that roll back the rights of LGBTQ Americans are not consistent with the values of equality and dignity or with Congress’s goals in passing the Civil Rights Act."
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Freedom for All Americans Joins 36 Groups Demanding Withdrawal of Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer

By Adam Polaski • October 19, 2017, 6:41 pm In a letter coordinated by Lambda Legal, Freedom for All Americans stood with 35 other LGBTQ organizations in requesting that the members of the United States Senate oppose his nomination.
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Department of Justice Issues Sweeping License to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Americans in New Guidance

By Adam Polaski • October 6, 2017, 1:46 pm Today United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice issued guidance that gives unprecedented leeway to federal agencies, employees, and even some businesses to cite individual religious belief as justification for discriminating against LGBTQ people and denying them services. 
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Trump Administration Re-Interprets Title VII to Exclude Transgender Americans

By Adam Polaski • October 5, 2017, 2:46 pm DOJ circulated a memo yesterday alerting federal agencies that it would no longer interpret Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex in the workplace, to apply to transgender Americans.
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PHOTOS: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Argument in Major Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • September 27, 2017, 4:17 pm Notably, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) presented arguments on opposing sides, in a rare split between two federal government agencies over the same issue.
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Report: White House Set to Issue Guidance to Pentagon on Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 24, 2017, 11:03 am Last night The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump Administration is finalizing plans to send guidance to the Pentagon regarding implementation of the ban on transgender military service.
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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 21, 2017, 10:30 am "Animus has no place in any aspect of American life. All Americans deserve our government’s respect and protection, not affirmative harm from the government itself."
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In First Public Comments Since His Tweetstorm, President Trump Incomprehensibly Defends Proposal

By Adam Polaski • August 11, 2017, 11:00 am President Trump is digging in on his proposal to courageous transgender Americans from serving in the United States military - and just like his tweets from two two weeks ago, his defense is incomprehensible.
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Report: Proposal to Ban Transgender Americans from Military Service Would Cost Nearly One Billion Dollars to Implement

By Adam Polaski • August 10, 2017, 12:31 pm The report found that the cost of implementing a ban on transgender service members, including forcing out the estimated 12,800 currently serving troops, would be nearly one billion dollars – $960 million.
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Five Transgender Servicemembers Team with GLAD & NCLR to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2017, 12:11 pm The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, entitled Doe v. Trump, are five transgender service members from the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army with nearly 60 years of combined service in the United States military.
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In Shameful Brief, Department of Justice Rejects Protections for Gay and Bisexual Workers

By Adam Polaski • July 27, 2017, 2:40 pm The brief, in which the Department of Justice repeatedly refers to members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community as "homosexuals," takes an outdated perspective on the definition of sex-based discrimination.
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Trump Abandons Campaign Promise, Tweets That Transgender People Are Banned From Service

By Adam Polaski • July 26, 2017, 11:14 am "President Trump pledged he would be 'great' for veterans and for the LGBT community, and today's tweets accomplish neither."