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Actions regarding pro or anti-LGBTQ legislation, orders, and actions at the federal level, wither Congressional, Presidential, or Judicial.


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Trump Administration Selects HHS Civil Rights Office Leader with Deep Anti-Transgender History

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2017, 4:39 pm This week President Trump's administration quietly appointed Roger Severino, a longtime opponent of transgender equality, as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Trump Administration Rescinds Federal Guidance Protecting Transgender Youth

By Adam Polaski • February 22, 2017, 7:25 pm After the White House all but confirmed yesterday its intention to rescind federal guidance concerning protections for transgender students under Title IX, the administration made the announcement official today.
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Trump Administration on the Verge of Rescinding Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

By Adam Polaski • February 21, 2017, 3:44 pm The Trump administration appears ready to rescind the federal guidance concerning protections for transgender students under Title IX.
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Volunteer and Take Action Against Anti-LGBT Supreme Court Nominee

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2017, 12:58 pm To mobilize national action against this nominee, Freedom for All Americans is partnering with the National Equality Action Team to drive thousands of calls into key Senators' offices.
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Trump Names Judge Neil Gorsuch, Judge With History of Anti-LGBT Positions, as SCOTUS Pick

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 9:51 pm Tonight, January 31, President Trump announced that his nomination for the Supreme Court is Neil Gorsuch, a Tenth Circuit judge who has previously shown significant deference to private employers and corporations who deny equal protections or services to individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs.
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Joint Statement with Out Leadership & National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on White House’s Retention of LGBT+ Protections

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 12:16 pm The President’s decision to continue nondiscrimination protections for employees of federal contractors is the smart choice, both economically and morally, and also a best practice of the vast majority of America’s largest companies.
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New Policy from Boy Scouts of America Will Include Transgender Youth

By Adam Polaski • January 31, 2017, 11:42 am "The Boy Scouts are one of the most well-respected and time-honored institutions in America. In giving transgender boys the same opportunity to instill strong values and develop practical skills to prepare them for the future, the Boy Scouts are sending a message of fairness and freedom for everyone to be who they are and to make important contributions to the world.
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Reflecting on President Obama’s LGBT Legacy – and Looking Toward Future Gains

By Adam Polaski • January 19, 2017, 1:23 pm Today, January 19, is Barack Obama's final day as President of the United States. For eight years he has become an unprecedented voice for LGBT equality in the nation's highest office, and at Freedom for All Americans we are grateful for all of his contributions forward.
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President Obama is Prepared to Veto Congress’ NDAA If Anti-LGBT Russell Amendment Advances, Officials Say

By Adam Polaski • October 26, 2016, 4:28 pm Today Roll Call reported that if the United States Congress sends him the National Defense Authorization Act containing the anti-LGBT "Russell Amendment," he is prepared to veto the bill in order to protect LGBT federal contractors.
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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Adds to Bipartisan Momentum for Non-Discrimination as Equality Act Cosponsor

By Adam Polaski • September 13, 2016, 11:39 am This week United States Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) became a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, a federal bill that would establish comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans.
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In Outrageous Ruling, Judge Grants Request by States Seeking to Roll Back Federal Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2016, 9:12 am The lawsuit, at its basest level, is a shameful attack on transgender people with one purpose: To enshrine transgender people as second-class citizens under the law and inflict discrimination into their everyday lives.
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ACT NOW: Administration for Community Living Seeks Comment on Challenges Faced by LGBT Elders

By Adam Polaski • August 17, 2016, 1:20 pm This week we're joining with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders to get the word out about the open comment period from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL).
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One Month After Pulse Shooting, House Lawmakers Consider Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • July 12, 2016, 12:44 pm Lawmakers on a U.S. House of Representatives committee today heard testimony on the deceptively titled “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA), legislation that enables taxpayer-funded discrimination against legally married same-sex couples and their families.
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More Than 70 Groups Call on Rep. Jason Chaffetz to Cancel House Hearing on Discriminatory ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

By Megan Clayton • July 7, 2016, 5:14 pm Dozens of organizations supporting LGBT equality are calling on Representative Jason Chaffetz to cancel a scheduled hearing on the deceptively-named “First Amendment Defense Act.”
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HISTORIC: Department of Defense Lifts Ban on Open Service for Transgender Servicemembers

By Adam Polaski • June 30, 2016, 1:55 pm Today in a video announcement from the United States Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the Pentagon will be ending its discriminatory policy prohibiting open service for transgender Americans.