Reiterating Our Commitment to Comprehensive Non-Discrimination Protections for All LGBT AmericansBy Adam Polaski • October 27, 2016 • 3:21 pm
Today Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) executive director Matt McTighe released the following statement reiterating the organization’s unwavering commitment to achieving fully inclusive, comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBT Americans. McTighe said:
“Freedom for All Americans launched in 2015 with a commitment to securing the full range of nondiscrimination protections for all LGBT Americans as rapidly as possible– and that remains our core mission today. This is a unique moment in the movement. There are millions of LGBT people vulnerable to discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations – and many of them are living in deeply conservative states. We must educate the public about what it means to be transgender and why nondiscrimination protections are so urgent, while simultaneously pursuing strategies that extend badly needed protections as quickly as possible.
“It’s disingenuous and simply inaccurate to imply that a difference in strategy – in any state – equates to ceding ground in the fight for full nondiscrimination protections. State LGBT leaders across the country need our support in pursuing all avenues that will help them secure protections for the LGBT people for whom discrimination is still a painful reality right now.”
Freedom for All Americans has made fighting for comprehensive protections a central tenet in our ongoing research, education and advocacy work across the country, with a particular focus on public accommodations. FFAA’s work over the last year has included the following:
- FFAA was proud to partner with state and national organizations in launching two historic ads featuring transgender Americans. In Spring 2016, we released an ad highlighting the impact of North Carolina’s discriminatory HB 2 law on transgender people. And this summer, we partnered in developing and releasing a groundbreaking ad that aired on Fox News during the Republican National Convention. The minute-long ad tackled the restroom scare tactics of our opposition head-on and was seen by millions of Americans. Take a look:
- FFAA played a lead role in securing public accommodations protections for transgender Bay Staters through the Freedom Massachusetts campaign – and we’re committed to defending those protections against attacks from those opposed to transgender equality.
- FFAA is working with a number of organizations on a targeted public education campaign in the Granite State to lay the groundwork for an expansion of nondiscrimination protections to transgender residents.
- FFAA is working with 19 organizations across 16 states to push back on Ken Paxton and others leading the anti-LGBT legal charge in Texas v. United States. Our efforts are aimed at demonstrating the broad support for public accommodations protections, and the rejection of discriminatory measures that single out LGBT people for harm. You can take action in this petition here.
- FFAA founded the Transgender Freedom Project (TFP) this year, a new public education and research initiative aimed at building public support for transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections. TFP is working to lift up the stories of transgender Americans and, through a better understanding of who transgender people are and how discrimination impacts their daily lives, advance laws that make transgender people safer and more equal.
McTighe continued today:
“Our movement is full of passionate, dedicated individuals who – although we sometimes disagree on the best pathway to achieving our goals – share an unyielding commitment to improving lives. We are all resolute in our determination to pass inclusive and comprehensive policies that ensure our next generation lives in a country free from discrimination, and Freedom for All Americans is proud to be a partner in these urgent efforts.”