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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Days Before Indiana Hears 3 LGBT-Related Bills, Economic Damage of RFRA Fight Clearer Than Ever

By Adam Polaski • January 25, 2016, 8:02 pm Now, with several other LGBT-related bills – all imperfect or otherwise terribly damaging – the state of Indiana must confront the reality that their legislative priorities are crippling the economic prospects and overall reputation of the Hoosier state.

LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill to Be Heard by Florida Legislature for the First Time Ever

By Adam Polaski • January 21, 2016, 6:51 pm Next Tuesday, supporters of the fight to win comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in Florida will celebrate a historic first: At last, Florida lawmakers have officially scheduled a committee hearing on the Competitive Workforce Act.

Missouri Governor Calls for LGBT Non-Discrimination in ‘State of the State’ Address

By Adam Polaski • January 21, 2016, 9:23 am Last night, January 20, in St. Louis, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for comprehensive non-discrimination protections that include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Missouri.

New Poll Reveals Economically Harmful Lingering Impact of RFRA Fight in Indiana

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 7:42 pm Today, January 20, a new poll from Visit Indy – the official tourism site of Indianapolis – demonstrates the negative hit that the Hoosier State's reputation took following the passage of the so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) in early 2015.

Georgia Legislator Introduces Bill Allowing Widespread Discrimination Against LGBT Families

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 6:44 pm Today, January 20, Georgia State Senator Greg Kirk (R-Americus) introduced a sweeping bill that would allow government employees and contractors in Georgia to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples and their children.

Senator Mark Kirk is First Republican Senator to Sponsor Equality Act

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016, 11:10 am Yesterday, January 19, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) became the first Republican Senate co-sponsor of the Equality Act, a federal bill that would establish comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans.

Montana Governor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT State Employees

By Adam Polaski • January 19, 2016, 11:38 am On January 18, 2016, Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order that protects state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Recognizing Religious Freedom Day, Honoring Strong Faith Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 16, 2016, 10:04 am This weekend, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring January 16, 2016 Religious Freedom Day. Freedom for All Americans joins the many organizations and individuals recognizing Religious Freedom Day.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Jose Rivas in Phoenix, Arizona

By Adam Polaski • January 15, 2016, 10:06 pm We spoke with Jose Rivas, one of the LGBT-U apprentices, about his current work with Competitive Arizona, his time with LGBT-U so far, and his work in other movements.

2016 Preview: A Look Ahead at the Work to Win LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 15, 2016, 9:05 pm Take a look at Freedom for All Americans’ over-arching goals for the first half of 2016, all aimed at further educating the country on who LGBT people are – and why we ultimately need to update federal law to ensure that no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

Rep. Robert J. Dold Becomes First Republican to Co-Sponsor Federal Equality Act

By Adam Polaski • January 15, 2016, 11:25 am Today, United States Congressman Robert J. Dold (R-Ill.) signed on as the first Republican co-sponsor of the Equality Act.

Indiana Governor Disappoints Again on LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 12, 2016, 8:41 pm In his address tonight, Gov. Pence made no mention of LGBT non-discrimination legislation, even after months of statewide momentum building toward passing comprehensive protections.

LGBT-U Apprentice Q&A: Carter Roberts in Downing, Missouri

By Adam Polaski • January 11, 2016, 3:58 pm We spoke with Carter Roberts, who works as a therapist in a rural Missouri community, about his experience so far with LGBT-U – and why it's important to him to fight for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination.

New England Professional Sports Teams Call for Full Transgender Protections in Massachusetts

By Adam Polaski • January 11, 2016, 1:30 pm This weekend, every major sports team in New England – the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, and TD Garden – announced their support for a bill that would fully protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places.

Georgia Prospers Launches, Channeling Robust Business Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • January 7, 2016, 6:09 pm This week in Atlanta, Georgia, a new coalition of nearly 100 businesses – Georgia Prospers – launched to promote nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Georgia.
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