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It Is Time to Support Nondiscrimination Legislation for LGBTQ People

Jewish Exponent • February 11, 2021, 12:22 pm President Joe Biden’s inauguration and messages of a new start through unity couldn’t have come at a better time, as Jewish Americans recently observed Tu B’Shevat, when trees come out of dormancy and begin blossoming with new life and fruit.
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Viewpoints: Lawmakers Should Follow Orange County Leadership on LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

Chapel Boro • February 6, 2021, 12:09 pm As an out gay teacher in Carrboro, North Carolina, I was thrilled to see our Town Council come together to pass an ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people from discrimination in key areas of life, including employment and public spaces.
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Senators should support federal Equality Act

Ketchikan Daily News • February 2, 2021, 12:16 pm President Joe Biden has made clear that ending discrimination against LGBTQ people will be a priority under his administration. With a Democrat-controlled Senate, we have an opportunity to make significant headway on this issue within Biden’s first 100 days.
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Why faith leaders like me are taking on anti-LGBTQ discrimination

The Hill • February 2, 2021, 12:06 pm Two hundred faith leaders can't be wrong. It's time for Congress to act.
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Mayor’s veto of LGBTQ ordinance underlines need for federal protections, urgency of local action

The Telegraph • February 1, 2021, 12:04 pm 2020 was a year filled with so many challenges – but in some important ways, it was also one marked by progress for LGBTQ people here in Georgia. Gerald Bostock, a gay man in Georgia, won his case at the U.S. Supreme Court, securing federal protections for LGBTQ workers; out LGBTQ candidates won their elections in record numbers; and municipalities from Brookhaven to Savannah and Smyrna to Statesboro, enacted LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections.
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Its time for Charlotte to protect the LGBTQ community

Charlotte Observer • January 31, 2021, 12:13 pm With a new year upon us, we have the opportunity to make Charlotte – and all of North Carolina – a more welcoming, inclusive, and safe place for all.
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Modeling a pathway toward social justice

Statesboro Herald • January 28, 2021, 12:18 pm In the weeks since the November election, Georgia has been the epicenter of conversation around the ways that our country is changing and growing in support of progressive policies – but in addition to the presidential election and January’s Senate run-off races, change is happening at the local level, too.
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I’m a proud conservative. Here’s my view on the transgender military ban.

The Philadelphia Inquirer • January 26, 2021, 11:59 am Excluding people who are willing to put their lives on the line for our country simply based on who they are runs counter to what we stand for as a nation.
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Mitt Romney can help find common ground on protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination

The Salt Lake Tribune • January 25, 2021, 11:57 am It’s a new year, and for LGBTQ Americans nationwide, there’s renewed hope that one of the community’s key priorities – passing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the federal level – is finally within reach.
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Capito, Manchin can show bipartisan support for fairness

Charleston Gazette-Mail • January 16, 2021, 11:53 am The rioters who stormed Washington, D.C., earlier this month, goaded on by President Donald Trump, didn’t only take a hammer to the windows and doors of the Capitol. They also drowned out some of the most welcome news I’ve heard in months — that finally, a pro-equality Senate had been elected, with LGBTQ-supportive Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, both Georgia Democrats, claiming victory in their runoff races.
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Despite progress, LGBTQ Americans need federal protections against discrimination

Miami Herald • January 14, 2021, 11:51 am This January marks the sixth anniversary of one of the most memorable days of our lives — the month when marriage equality became legal in Florida. We’ve since been living the dream that we always wanted of building a family with our 10-year-old son, Blake. But fighting for our freedom to marry was only one part of what we need to accomplish. We’re now asking U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to do what is right and support federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans and families like ours, so that Blake can grow up in an America where everyone is protected.
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Why we need a federal law to protect LGBTQ rights

The Morning Call • January 14, 2021, 11:48 am As Georgia voters have delivered a clear and resounding message about the future of the U.S. Senate, LGBTQ Americans have renewed hope in the fight for the unmet dream of equality under the law.
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Ten years since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ LGBTQ veterans remain vulnerable to discrimination

The Hill • January 8, 2021, 11:39 am A few weeks ago marked the tenth anniversary of one of the best days of my life — the day that the U.S. government repealed "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory policy that for decades prohibited open service for gay and bisexual people in the U.S. military. I stood behind President Barack Obama as he formally authorized the repeal.
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We All Need Protection from Discrimination: It’s Time for Congress to Act

qnotes • January 8, 2021, 11:36 am I was born and raised in the South. Like many, I grew up in the church with a mother who instilled both faith and love in me from a young age. But I was also taught values that would eventually cause me great distress as they were at odds with what I knew about love.
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Not a Sprint, but a Marathon: What to Expect in the 2021 Legislative Session

By Shane Stahl • January 7, 2021, 10:59 am It's important we hit the ground running in 2021, continuing to advocate for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections at the federal, state, and local level.
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