Kasey Suffredini, CEO & National Campaign Director
Kasey Suffredini is a nationally recognized campaign strategist and expert in LGBTQ issue advocacy. His campaign leadership has resulted in hundreds of local, state, and federal policy victories over the course of his 20-year career. He has deep experience in campaign management, policy development, strategic communications, and grassroots mobilization and a track record of designing campaigns that change narratives, pass legislation, win ballot measures, and drive momentum on seemingly intractable issues.
As CEO and National Campaign Director at Freedom for All Americans, Kasey has been the chief architect of bipartisan campaigns to successfully secure a number of national firsts. These wins include passing the country’s first standalone statewide transgender public accommodations law, passing comprehensive statewide transgender nondiscrimination protections for the first time in a Republican-controlled state, and passing comprehensive statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections for the first time in the South. From 2016-2018, Kasey co-chaired the historic, award-winning Freedom for All Massachusetts / Yes on 3 ballot campaign, winning the first statewide popular vote on transgender rights in U.S. history by a landslide two-thirds margin (68-32%).
Kasey’s previous roles include Executive Director of MassEquality, Public Policy Director at Family Equality Council, and State Legislative Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. He is a sought-after speaker on issue campaign strategy and LGBTQ advocacy and has been honored by the New Leaders Council, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Harvard Law School. A transgender attorney, Kasey served as President of the National LGBT Bar Association from 2004-2005 and was a member of its inaugural class of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 in 2010. Kasey received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He resides in Long Beach, California with his wife, Kristina Bigdeli, and their two pugs, Tini and Stella.
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Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally. For press inquiries and further information about Kasey Suffredini, contact our Director of Media Relations: Angela Dallara – angela [at] freedomforallamericans.org.
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Transgender Day of Visibility: What it Means to Live Visibly and to Fight for Those Who Cannot
March 31, 2019
FFAA's President of Strategy Kasey Suffredini reflects on both recent victories and continuing challenges this Transgender Day of Visibility, 2019.
The Meaning of a Trans Rights Victory in a Republican State
The Advocate • July 30, 2018
The New Hampshire win offers lessons for coming legislative battles, writes Kasey Suffredini of Freedom for All Americans.
It’s Now Massachusetts’ Turn
Commonwealth • November 11, 2017
For many, Election Night 2017 was a glimmer of hope after a downright dark political year. Races all over the country made history. One of the most significant was the election of Danica Roem in Virginia, one of the first openly transgender people elected to a state legislature in the United States. History was recorded, too, in Minneapolis, where voters elected not one, but two, transgender people of color to the city council.
With Trump and Sessions, States Offer Important Pathway to Equality
The Advocate • October 26, 2017
It’s hard to believe that President Donald Trump has been in office for nearly nine months — and it’s even harder to comprehend the way many of his policy upheavals are already taking a human toll on Americans all across our nation. Many communities are impacted right now, including LGBTQ Americans. And it’s stunning how much has changed in such a short period of time.
Let Transgender People Achieve Their American Dream
CNN • April 5, 2016
President of Strategy Kasey Suffredini introduces the Transgender Freedom Project.
Protesters grab spotlight as 2020 hopefuls make pitch voters at LGBTQ town hall
October 11, 2019
NowThis Video Highlights Importance of Defending Transgender Protections in MA This November
August 20, 2018
The video features campaign staffers and stories of those impacted by the existing protections.
Transgender Rights Faces Its Biggest Test—In Massachusetts
The Daily Beast • July 30, 2018
Massachusetts may have a lauded history on gay rights, but polls show a tough campaign for trans equality activists as they fight to preserve anti-discrimination protections there.
Staff Spotlight: Kasey Suffredini Manages Multiple Efforts to Win Nondiscrimination For All
April 19, 2018
Kasey Suffredini, Freedom For All Americans' President of Strategy, speaks about his nearly two decades in fighting for nondiscrimination protections and how people can get involved at the local, state, and national levels.
Mass. is about to be a battleground over transgender rights
The Boston Globe • April 17, 2018
Article from The Boston Globe speaking about Massachusetts being the next battleground atste for transgender rights.
These parents are pushing against a rollback of transgender rights
The Boston Globe • April 13, 2018
A profile of the Domingo family and their transgender son Micah.
Anti-Trans Ballot Initiatives Have Prop. 8 Implications
INTO • February 20, 2018
Kasey Suffredini is quoted in this article about anti-transgender ballot initiatives.
If States Got LGBT-Friendlier, They Could Earn Billions
The Daily Beast • January 4, 2018
Studies show that states lose millions when they discriminate against LGBT people. They are also losing out on potentially billions of dollars by failing to pass pro-LGBT laws.
Texas Bathroom Bill Dies Again, Raising Republican Acrimony
The New York Times • August 16, 2017
Kasey Suffredini is quoted about the failure of the Texas legislature to pass an anti-transgender bathroom bill in the 2017 legislative session.
6 Activists On The Best Ways To Be An Ally To Trans & Nonbinary People Right Now
Bustle • January 26, 2017
Kasey Suffredini is a transgender attorney with nearly two decades of experience working on LGBT issues, and the chief program officer of Freedom for All Americans and director of the group's Transgender Freedom Project.
Unfinished Business: Movements
AtlanticLIVE • November 18, 2016
A panel featuring Kasey Suffredini and others discussing the role of minority groups following the 2016 election.
Transgender Rights Milestone
NECN Boston: The Take With Sue O'Connell • July 12, 2016
Kasey Suffredini and other guests describe what's on track for transgender rights following the passage of Bill S.2407 in Massachusetts.
Governor Baker Signs Transgender Bill into Law
The Boston Globe • July 8, 2016
“It’s a matter of symbolism,” said Kasey Suffredini, who cochairs Freedom Massachusetts, the main advocacy group supporting the bill. “It means so much to me as a transgender person that the government of Massachusetts has my back.”
Co-Chair of Freedom Massachusetts Responds to Bill That Would Protect Transgender Rights
WCVB-5 Massachusetts • April 14, 2016
Kasey Suffredini talks about the importance of passing a bill to protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination.
(Editor's Note: This interview was taped before passage of Bill S.2407 in June, 2016)
KTVU Talks to the Director of the Transgender Freedom Project
KTVU FOX 2 • April 13, 2016
KTVU talks to Kasey Suffredini about the ongoing movement for transgender non-discrimination.