This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

December 7, 2018 • 1:25 pm

Trump administration removes protections for LGBTQ workers from new USMCA Trade Deal; Anti-LGBTQ movement admits to making up transphobic lies to incite fear among voters

WASHINGTON – In a last minute move before the deal was signed, Trump administration officials removed explicit language from the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal that protected LGBTQ workers from discrimination. And the anti-LGBTQ organization that fueled the unsuccessful No on 3 campaign in Massachusetts this year admitted that their transphobic tactics were lies, concocted to fan fears of voters. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:

Trump Administration Removes Nondiscrimination Language From USMCA Trade Deal:
The Trump administration has removed language from the newly created US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal that would have protected LGBTQ workers impacted by the deal from discrimination. The original language, added by Canada, was met with opposition from 46 conservative U.S. lawmakers who said the deal was “no place for the adoption of social policy.” Following that protest, the administration added a footnote to the deal that essentially voided the protections. The footnote said existing protections for U.S. federal employees are “sufficient.”

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Anti-LGBTQ Org Admits To Making Up Transphobic Scare Tactics in MA Campaign:
Opponents of LGBTQ equality are finally admitting that much of their rhetoric is aimed squarely at stoking fears. After voters in Massachusetts upheld the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law at the ballot last month, a spokesman for the group Mass Resistance said in a statement that the organization’s transphobic messaging linking access to restrooms and locker rooms to sexual predators was “concocted… as a way to avoid an uncomfortable battle over LGBT ideology, and still fire up people’s emotions.” The group’s president went on to say their overwhelming loss in Massachusetts will be replicated elsewhere if they don’t change up their anti-LGBTQ tactics.

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 be 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.
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