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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Lone Star State.

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This Week in Nondiscrimination: Anti-LGBTQ Moves in TX and OH, a Show of Support in MA and GA, and Positive Rulings in PA and OR

By Shane Stahl • June 22, 2018, 5:00 pm Victories in the courts, protections enacted in GA, but anti-LGBTQ moves in OH and TX.
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Reflecting on Big Victories and Advances for LGBTQ Equal Treatment on Give OUT Day

By Shane Stahl • April 19, 2018, 9:29 am Freedom For All Americans reflects on the work we've done throughout 2017 and 2018 to prevent LGBTQ discrimination in time for 2018's National Give Out Day.
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For the First Time, Federal Judge in Texas Finds that Title VII Protects Transgender Workers

By Adam Polaski • April 10, 2018, 2:44 pm "Applying these recent cases, the court assumes that Wittmer's status as a transgender woman places her under the protections of Title VII."
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Local Steps Forward: Strong Movement on Local Protections, But Challenges Still Exist

By Shane Stahl • March 1, 2018, 3:14 pm February saw positive moves in Texas, Indiana, and Wyoming, but an unfortunate setback in Wisconsin. Our Local Steps Forward roundup for February, 2018.

Austin’s First Transgender Police Officer Shares How His Wife’s Support During His Transition Was Invaluable

February 13, 2018, 6:17 pm Now, with support from his wife and colleagues, Greg is continuing in his own way to increase understanding of transgender people and grow support for non-discrimination protections in Texas.

On Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate All Couples Equally – Including LGBTQ Couples

February 13, 2018, 5:22 pm

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Freedom For All Americans is spotlighting couples from across the LGBTQ and gender spectrum who talk about not only their personal love stories, but also why it is essential for their state and country to embrace LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Thank you to the National Center for Transgender Equality for partnering with us on many of these stories. Take a look!


Same-Sex Couple Ejected from Cab Calls for Non-Discrimination Protections in Texas and Beyond

February 8, 2018, 6:10 pm Since both men are essentially lifelong Houstonians (Randall was born in Houston and lived for just a few years as a child elsewhere, and Jose moved to Houston at four years old), they’re eager to see their city embrace LGBTQ equal treatment once and for all.

Same-Sex Couple Denied Access to Wedding Venue in Texas Shares Personal Impact of Discrimination

February 8, 2018, 12:49 pm Given his experience in small business – and his preparations to open his own with his husband Ben in January 2018, Justin knows that at operating a small business requires treating everyone with respect and understanding that you're not always going to agree with your customers.
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End-of-Year Spotlight: 10 Heroes Who Advocated for Equal Treatment for LGBTQ Americans in 2017

By Shane Stahl • December 27, 2017, 5:36 pm From elected officials sticking their necks out on behalf of their constituents to parents who will do anything to protect their children to LGBTQ people themselves, there are so many heroes in the movement for LGBTQ nondiscrimination.
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Nine Ways Freedom for All Americans Advanced LGBTQ Equal Treatment in 2017

By Shane Stahl • December 21, 2017, 1:40 pm The LGBTQ community fought battles to protect our progress and advance equality at the local, state and federal levels in 2017. The entire team at Freedom For All Americans was proud to support or lead on these efforts along the way.
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Anti-LGBTQ Ruling from Texas Supreme Court

By Adam Polaski • December 4, 2017, 10:59 am Today, December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the City of Houston to review an anti-LGBTQ ruling issued by the Texas Supreme Court earlier this year. 
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Giving Thanks and Moving Forward in the Movement for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • November 22, 2017, 11:59 am Today on Thanksgiving,  Freedom For All Americans is focusing all that we have to be grateful for.
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Freedom for All Americans Joins 36 Groups Demanding Withdrawal of Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer

By Adam Polaski • October 19, 2017, 6:41 pm In a letter coordinated by Lambda Legal, Freedom for All Americans stood with 35 other LGBTQ organizations in requesting that the members of the United States Senate oppose his nomination.

Sister of Man Who Faced Employment Discrimination Continues Her Brother’s Legal Challenge After His Death

August 29, 2017, 4:50 pm Melissa Zarda's brother Don was a committed worker and a talented skydiver – but when he openly discussed his sexual orientation, he was fired. He sued, but in the middle of his lawsuit he tragically passed away – and now Melissa is carrying the case forward in what could be a landmark ruling.

By Continuing Landmark Title VII Fight, Texas Man Looks to Cement Former Partner’s Legacy

August 18, 2017, 12:32 pm Don's case has dragged on for more than six years now in court – and after all of this time, his loved ones want nothing more than to see justice for Don – and for the thousands of Americans discriminated against each year because of their sexual orientation.