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


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This Week in LGBTQ Non-Discrimination: Campaigns Launched and Bills Introduced

By Shane Stahl • January 19, 2018, 5:37 pm Legislative news regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination dominated the week, with support growing for comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in Ohio, and campaigns to pass such legislation announcing their official launches in Florida and New Hampshire.
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: A Settlement, a Launch, and Victories in Legislatures

By Shane Stahl • January 12, 2018, 5:46 pm In this week’s news roundup, advances in state legislatures continue to provide momentum for non-discrimination laws across the country.
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South Carolina Governor: No Need for Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions Law

By Adam Polaski • August 2, 2017, 1:41 pm Governor McMaster is the latest Republican in a long line of Republican Governors to condemn bills that restrict transgender people from using the restroom.
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Anti-LGBT Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary Withdraws Name from Consideration

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 4:55 pm President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the U.S. Army withdrew his name from consideration this afternoon. In a statement, Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green said his nomination has become a “distraction.”
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Tennessee Governor Signs Discriminatory LGBT Erasure Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 1:35 pm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning."
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Tennessee Legislature Sends Unconstitutional LGBT Erasure Bill to Governor

April 27, 2017, 3:38 pm Earlier today, the Tennessee state Senate gave final approval to a piece of legislation that will eliminate the rights of same sex couples and parents.
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Tennessee Legislature Sends Unconstitutional LGBT Erasure Bill to Governor’s Desk

By Adam Polaski • April 27, 2017, 2:46 pm House Bill 1111, a so-called "LGBT Erasure" bill, would effectively write same-sex couples, and all LGBT Tennesseans out of state laws and creating loop holes that give a license to discriminate.
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Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary Mark Green Has Deep Anti-LGBT Record

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2017, 9:27 am Freedom for All Americans is galvanizing individuals to contact their senators to oppose the nominee, who has a deep and long history of standing against LGBT equality.
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Tennessee Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Transgender Bill, Likely Defeating It For The Session

By Megan Clayton • March 22, 2017, 5:11 pm A dangerous bill, SB 771, that would have prohibited students from using the restrooms that match the gender they live as every day has just been defeated in Tennessee, meaning that it and its House counterpart, House Bill 888, will not advance this year.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: Lawmakers Ignore Damage of Anti-LGBT Legislation, Advancing Discriminatory Bills

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2017, 11:26 am Each weekend of this year’s legislative session for the next few months, Freedom for All Americans will be recapping what happened in states across the country with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination.
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Tennessee House Passes Bill to Erase Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Parents from State Law

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2017, 5:31 pm Today, Thursday March 16, the Tennessee House of Representatives advanced legislation that attempts to eliminate rights for same sex couples and parents.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: State Lawmakers Push Against Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • February 11, 2017, 2:47 pm A significant Friday afternoon development in Washington state -- opponents of LGBT equality finalized ballot language for an initiative that seeks to repeal some transgender protections in the state's long-standing non-discrimination law.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Jacksonville Steps Closer to LGBT Protections, While Some States Defeat Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 27, 2017, 5:35 pm Every Friday of this year's legislative session for the next few months, Freedom for All Americans will be recapping what happened in states across the country with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination. Here’s our second 2017 entry – a look at the landscape for LGBT non-discrimination in these eight states:
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: 2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off With Many LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 13, 2017, 1:18 pm 2017 is off to a wild start already, with dozens of states launching headfirst into their 2017 legislative sessions. At the top of the agenda in many states? LGBT-related bills.
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Businesses in Tennessee Launch Coalition to Support LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 13, 2016, 12:22 pm This morning, December 13, nearly 200 businesses across Tennessee launched Tennessee Thrives, a coalition of large and small businesses from almost every industry dedicated to ensuring Tennessee is an open an inclusive state for everyone, including LGBT people.