News & Updates

With so much momentum for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections across the country — as well as many attacks from opponents working to push through anti-LGBTQ proposals — Freedom for All Americans is here to keep you as informed as possible, with daily blog content providing insight into the latest in this national campaign and the ever-changing landscape of LGBTQ nondiscrimination.

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Transgender Veteran and Parent of 3 Daughters Testifies in Support of Florida Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 9, 2016, 12:41 pm Do you know what it's like to work each day with the fear that you could be discriminated against because of who you are or who you love, and the knowledge that under our state law there is nothing you can do? Because I do.

National Equality Action Team (NEAT) Relaunches Under Leadership of Freedom for All Americans

By Adam Polaski • February 9, 2016, 10:27 am Freedom for All Americans will serve as the chair of NEAT, the National Equality Action Team, a grassroots field program that mobilizes supporters of LGBT equality and allows anyone to play a role in historic campaigns by providing opportunities to engage in direct action.

TODAY: Florida’s Republican-Controlled Senate Will Hear Arguments on LGBT Non-discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 8, 2016, 12:51 pm Today at 1:30 pm ET in Tallahassee, Florida, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the Florida Competitive Workforce Act – the first time a non-discrimination bill covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has ever received a hearing in the Sunshine State.

This Week in Non-Discrimination: Where Pro-LGBT Bills and Discriminatory Legislation Advanced

By Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016, 3:31 pm We're in the middle of legislative sessions in nearly every state in the country – and as legislators debate vital issues for their local communities, LGBT issues and bills related to non-discrimination protections have emerged as significant priorities.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Regina Calcagno in Grand Ledge, MI

By Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016, 2:09 pm One of the LGBT-U apprentices in the first cohort was Regina Calcagno, who has a long history of organizing within the LGBT community in Michigan, where she's lived for several years. We spoke with Regina about her previous experiences organizing for LGBT non-discrimination protections.

South Dakota Lawmakers Have Advanced Three Anti-LGBT Bills in the Past Week

By Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016, 10:36 am Yesterday in South Dakota, lawmakers from the House State Affairs Committee voted to advance H.B. 1007 and H.B. 1112, two bills that seek to chip away at gains the LGBT community has made in the past several years.

Indiana Legislators Perpetuate Inaction on LGBT Non-Discrimination, Leaving Thousands of Hoosiers Vulnerable to Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2016, 4:28 pm Today, February 2, Indiana legislators took no action on Senate Bill 344, which attempted to address Indiana’s lack of nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers, but did not include any protections for transgender individuals. By refusing to act, the lawmakers allowed the bill to die for the session.

City Council in Lewisburg, WV Unanimously Adopts LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2016, 11:26 am "With tonight’s vote, Lewisburg has joined the growing list of inclusive cities that want to ensure that all residents may live and work free from discrimination."

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Lola Olateju in Chicago, Illinois

By Adam Polaski • February 1, 2016, 3:58 pm One of the LGBT-U apprentices in the first cohort was Lola Olateju, who works in marketing and communications strategy and is based in Chicago, although she is originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

This Week in Non-Discrimination: Legislatures Across the Country Consider LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 28, 2016, 6:23 pm It's been a busy week for the movement to win LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections – and defend against attempts to codify discrimination into state statute. Here's a look at what's going on in state legislatures.

Indiana Senate Committee Advances Unacceptable, Exclusionary Bill

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 10:52 pm Senate Bill 344 must be amended to ensure all Hoosiers, including transgender Hoosiers, are protected from discrimination. It is completely unacceptable in its current form.

Missouri Senate Committee Holds Hearing on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 4:30 pm Today in Missouri, the Senate Committee on Progress and Development held a hearing on the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals.

WATCH: Bipartisan Group of West Virginia Legislators Support LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 2:11 pm The video was released the same week that a hearing is set on a bill designed to discriminate against LGBT people in West Virginia.

Indiana Senate Committee Stops ‘Super RFRA’ to Begin Day Filled with Several LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2016, 11:39 am This morning, January 27, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee did not hear any testimony or a vote on Senate Bill 66 – which has become known as a "Super RFRA."

TODAY: Florida’s Republican-Controlled Senate Holds Hearing on LGBT Non-discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 26, 2016, 11:17 am Today at 1pm ET in Tallahassee, Florida, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the Florida Competitive Workforce Act – the first time a non-discrimination bill covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has ever received a hearing in the Sunshine State.
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