This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

November 30, 2018 • 12:05 pm

Administration officials ask SCOTUS to rule on trans military ban; Pelosi pushes for civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans; Saturday marks 30 years of World AIDS Day

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to lift several injunctions that are preventing the president’s proposed ban on transgender service members from taking effect. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, they would circumvent several lower courts that have already ruled against the ban. In a statement honoring the 40 year mark since Harvey Milk was assassinated, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised legislation in 2019 that would prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ Americans. And Saturday marks 30 years since the first ever World AIDS Day. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:

Trump Administration Asks SCOTUS to Rule on Transgender Military Ban:
The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to lift several injunctions that are currently preventing the president’s proposed ban on transgender service members from taking effect. The administration is attempting to bypass lower courts that have ruled against the transgender military ban and consolidate multiple lawsuits into one case heard in front of the Supreme Court. Military leaders and elected officials have criticized the military ban and called it unnecessary. The Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks whether or not it will take up the case.

To get a better sense of how transgender Americans and service members experience discrimination every single day, please visit Faces of Freedom – a new LGBTQ movement-wide resource that elevates the stories of LGBTQ people and allies.

Stories of transgender service members include:

Regan Kibby

Kai Alexander

MoHogani Magnatek

Lindsey Muller

Nancy Pelosi Promises Legislation Outlawing LGBTQ Discrimination:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will prioritize civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans in 2019. The statement came on the 40 year mark of Harvey Milk’s assassination. Pelosi said lawmakers in the House of Representatives will honor Milk’s legacy by “passing the Equality Act to remove all doubt that sexual orientation and gender identity warrant full civil rights protections, not just in the workplace but every place.”

Saturday Marks 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day:
Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Events will be held around the world to mourn the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS and to recommit to eradicating it. Supporters wear a red ribbon to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV and to lessen the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

Faces of Freedom is a new resource that brings together powerful messengers and stories of discrimination, creating a one-stop resource for reporters, policymakers, advocates, and others who need to harness the power of storytelling and the diversity of the LGBTQ community. It includes more than 350 stories from nearly every state and will continue to expand in the coming months. You’ll meet LGBTQ people who have faced discrimination, family members and friends who support their LGBTQ loved ones, and community members like business leaders and small business owners, people of faith and clergy, and Americans across the political spectrum who all support full equality under the law for LGBTQ people.

Freedom for All Americans is working to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans, no matter which state they call home. For more information on state-specific legislation, or to browse our stories of discrimination, please visit

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