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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Pennsylvania Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect LGBT People

By Megan Clayton • August 26, 2015, 4:22 pm Today, state Sens. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) and Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would update the state's 1955 Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

Transgender Servicemembers May Be Able to Serve Openly by May 2016

By Adam Polaski • August 26, 2015, 12:32 pm A draft timeline discussing the repeal of the Pentagon's ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the United States military tracks the estimated date of repeal at May 27, 2016.

VIDEO: Osceola County Unanimously Passes LGBT-Inclusive Human Rights Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm Last night, August 17, 2015, the Osceola County Commission voted unanimously to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.

Colorado Appeals Court: Bakery Cannot Deny Services to Same-Sex Couples

By Adam Polaski • August 13, 2015, 12:27 pm Today, August 13, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Denver, CO, cannot deny services to same-sex couples.

BIG WIN: Guam Unanimously Approves LGBT-inclusive Workplace Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 12, 2015, 11:15 am This week, the Legislature of Guam, a United States territory, unanimously approved employment non-discrimination protections to island residents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and military status.

Local Steps Forward: Celebrating Advances Across the Country in August

By Adam Polaski • August 10, 2015, 2:02 pm Here's a look at how LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination has moved forward this month in many states.

Eye on the Opposition: The First Amendment Defense Act’s Extreme Supporters

By Megan Clayton • August 5, 2015, 5:44 pm To understand the true intentions of the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act," one need look no further than the list of cosponsors and supporting organizations.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance to be Voted on November Ballot

By Megan Clayton • August 5, 2015, 3:45 pm Today, the Houston City Council reiterated its support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by rejecting an attempt to repeal the law and instead voting to send it to the ballot on November 3rd.

A Great Step Forward for the Boy Scouts of America

By Freedom for All Americans • July 27, 2015, 8:46 pm With a national executive board vote today, the Boy Scouts of America ratified the decision to eliminate the group's blanket ban on gay leaders.

Texas Supreme Court Aims to Overturn Ordinance Protecting Houston Residents from Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • July 24, 2015, 3:50 pm The court ruled that the Houston City Council must either repeal the HERO Act or put the ordinance on the ballot for a November 2015 vote.

Introduction of Equality Act in Congress Highlights Importance of Continued Push for Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • July 23, 2015, 1:30 pm While the introduction of the Equality Act is an important in advancing protections for LGBT people, 33 states still lack explicit, comprehensive protections uniformly across employment, housing and public accommodations.

LGBT-U is Now in Session

By Megan Clayton • July 21, 2015, 10:52 am Beginning today, Freedom for All Americans is now accepting applications for our inaugural class of LGBT-University students. LGBT-University is the first of its kind training program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of movement leaders to spearhead work at the municipal, state and national levels that will advance nondiscrimination protections for all Americans.

Jeb Bush: “I totally agree with” State-Level LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws

By Megan Clayton • July 17, 2015, 10:54 am In a talk with employees of a San Francisco tech start up on Wednesday, Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush affirmed his support for state laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

Federal Commission Takes Step Toward LGBT Workplace Protections

By Adam Polaski • July 16, 2015, 6:30 pm In a decision dated July 15, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation.

“First Amendment Defense Act” Could Gut Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Federal Contractors

By Megan Clayton • July 16, 2015, 5:27 pm The so-called "First Amendment Defense Act" could gut President Obama's Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT federal contractors—leaving more than 16.5 million hardworking Americans vulnerable to discrimination.