Conservatives Against Discrimination Releases New Video Amidst Anti-LGBTQ State Attacks

April 20, 2022 • 3:59 pm

COLUMBUS, OH – Today members of Conservatives Against Discrimination, a project of Freedom for All Americans, released a new video featuring a conservative father and his transgender son – Rick and Ashton Colby – sharing their personal story and calling for federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections that align with their conservative values.

The video and more about their family can be found here: Rick and Ashton are both based in Columbus, Ohio, one of the nearly 30 states across the U.S. in which LGBTQ people lack full and explicit protections from discrimination.

“One thing I wanted Ashton to know when he started this journey was that we’re in this together, and that God loves you, no matter what you hear from anybody else out there,” says Rick in the video. “Everyone in America deserves a deep felt sense of freedom,” adds Ashton. “I was taught the Golden Rule: treat everyone as you would want to be treated. LGBTQ people have waited long enough. It’s time for Congress to finish the job and support the people that they serve.”

The release of the video follows a recent roundtable discussion among members of the Conservatives Against Discrimination Leadership Council in which they emphasized the urgency of federal legislation that would end the patchwork of discriminatory laws around the country. ​​Rick and Ashton Colby participated in the event along with former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson; former Texas Rep. Sarah Davis, political strategist Sarah Longwell, and former Mayor of Indianapolis Greg Ballard.

“I served in Congress for almost three decades representing diverse areas in South Florida,” said Conservatives Against Discrimination co-chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen during the event. “I truly believe that ending discrimination for LGBTQ Americans is an effort that we can all get behind. No one should be turned away from a homeless shelter, be denied a meal at a food bank, or refused critical government services because of who they are or who they love. Freedom, fairness, opportunity for all Americans is a must. As a Republican and as the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress, I hope that conservatives in Washington will embrace bipartisanship and work to pass federal protections.”

The full footage of the roundtable can be found here: ​​

As of this month, more than 200 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country. Approximately 120 of these bills have already been killed or failed to advance before the legislatures adjourned. Fifteen have become law or are expected to soon become law. Republican and Democratic governors in Kentucky, Utah, Indiana, and Kansas have vetoed a number of bills that arrived at their desks.

Recent polling released just last month shows that nearly eight in ten Americans (79%) support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, including 41% who strongly support them. One in five Americans (20%) oppose such laws, including just seven percent who strongly oppose them. Most Democrats (89%), independents (82%), and almost two-thirds of Republicans (65%) favor nondiscrimination provisions for LGBTQ people.

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