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Senate Majority Leader Schumer: We Will Pass the Equality Act

By Shane Stahl • February 8, 2022, 3:14 pm On January 28, Freedom for All Americans joined our partners at New Pride Agenda and The NYC LGBT Center to host an event featuring remarks from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
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HIV+ Transgender New Yorker Speaks Out on the Need for the Equality Act

By Communications Team • October 12, 2021, 2:09 pm "Our leaders in Congress can lead by example. They should act now to pass federal legislation to protect all LGBTQ Americans, in all areas of life — including employment, housing, and public spaces." 
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Federal anti-discrimination laws should extend to military

Times Herald-Record • May 27, 2021, 10:25 am Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May, which is why it’s a special month for me as a veteran. I served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army for nearly three decades. I dedicated my life to this country and proudly served in Bosnia and Iraq. When I joined the Army, I couldn’t fully be myself as a gay American because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or DADT, a notorious policy that barred openly LGBTQ Americans from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces until its repeal in 2011. I had to hide who I was and yet I put my life on the line to protect the freedoms that we all cherish as Americans.
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What Republicans Could Learn From My Grandmother

New York Times • March 20, 2021, 12:56 pm The Equality Act would provide consistent safeguards for L.G.B.T.Q. people, without taking anything away from anyone else.
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Thanks, Reps. Katko and Reed, for ‘yes’ vote on LGBTQ equality bill • March 2, 2021, 12:54 pm I am writing to express heartfelt thanks to U.S. Reps. John Katko and Tom Reed for their important votes in support of federal protections for LGBTQ Americans.
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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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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Story Collection

By Shane Stahl • October 7, 2020, 12:34 pm

As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close it’s important to lift up the voices of Hispanic and Latinx LGBTQ people, who may face discrimination on multiple levels, including their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The Last Five Years: Marriage Equality, Other Milestones, and The Ones We Have Yet to Pass

By Shane Stahl • June 26, 2020, 10:06 am Five years ago today, marriage equality became the law of the land when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges—a watershed moment in American history. Read our reflection on this anniversary—and the work still to be done to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
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Transgender Day of Visibility: What it Means to Live Visibly and to Fight for Those Who Cannot

By Kasey Suffredini • March 31, 2019, 1:52 am FFAA's President of Strategy Kasey Suffredini reflects on both recent victories and continuing challenges this Transgender Day of Visibility, 2019.
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VICTORY! New York Governor Signs Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill Into Law

January 25, 2019, 12:19 pm Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) into law, providing explicit and comprehensive protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. GENDA passed in the Assembly by 100-40 and was approved by a vote of 42-19 in the Senate, both with bipartisan support.
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New York Lawmakers Advance GENDA

January 14, 2019, 3:40 pm Today lawmakers in New York advanced legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination.
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Freedom for All Americans’ LGBTQ Legislative Outlook for 2019

By Hannah Willard • December 21, 2018, 12:38 pm The 2019 legislative session will offer opportunities to advance statewide nondiscrimination protections and create movement for a federal law, but also set up potential fights against anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Nonbinary Education Activist: “We Have to Embrace Everyone’s Authenticity”

December 13, 2018, 12:03 pm Jamey Jesperson, an education associate for GLSEN, tells their story as a nonbinary person, and speaks about the need for transgender and non-binary-inclusive school policies.
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The LGBTQ Cases to Watch at the U.S. Supreme Court This Term

By Adam Polaski • October 1, 2018, 4:17 pm The Supreme Court could hear any number of cases concerning LGBTQ nondiscrimination during their upcoming term — take a look at our analysis here.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: Important Anniversaries, Movement in the Courts, Another Bad Bill in OH, and a Maryland Candidate Makes History

By Shane Stahl • June 29, 2018, 4:06 pm Stories from OH, TX, NY, MD, WA and CO are featured this week.