Content Filed Under: Transgender Freedom Project

The Transgender Freedom Project works to amplify the stories of transgender people, their families, and their loved ones, in order to paint the complete picture of who transgender people are and the need for comprehensive, inclusive nondiscrimination protections.


Transgender Teen in Massachusetts Delivers Moving Testimony in Favor of Full Protections

April 6, 2016, 5:08 pm Brandon Adams, a transgender teenager from Framingham, Massachusetts, testified in front of legislators about the challenges he faced in a state that doesn’t protect him from discrimination in public places.
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Let Transgender People Achieve Their American Dream

CNN • April 5, 2016, 9:30 am Kasey Suffredini, a transgender attorney, chief program officer at Freedom for All Americans, and director of the Transgender Freedom Project, pens an op-ed about the crucial need for public education on transgender issues.
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Introducing the Transgender Freedom Project, Our New $1 Million Public Education Initiative

By Adam Polaski • April 4, 2016, 10:51 am Today Freedom for All Americans, the national campaign to secure LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections, launched the Transgender Freedom Project, a multi-year initiative aimed at building public support for transgender people and transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections.
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Activists Try to Calm Fears Over Transgender Bathroom Access

• April 3, 2016, 10:37 am The Associated Press announces the launch of the Transgender Freedom Project in the context of the current landscape on LGBT nondiscrimination and transgender equality.
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Discriminatory Laws Hurt Health of LGBT Tennesseans

The Tennesseean • April 1, 2016, 10:00 am These bills, among other anti-gay and anti-transgender legislation, are potentially harmful to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Tennesseans. Numerous public health studies have demonstrated that institutional and policy-based discrimination causes harm and leads to substantial health disparities.

Trans 101: Information for Trans Public Education Campaigns

March 31, 2016, 2:02 pm The success of campaigns for nondiscrimination protections hinges on the effectiveness of efforts to build familiarity with, and understanding of, transgender people. Misrepresentations of transgender people have been used to stop nondiscrimination protections and even repeal existing laws that protect LGBT people.
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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and Moving Forward Nationwide

By Megan Clayton • March 31, 2016, 12:49 pm Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to show support for the transgender community and celebrate the accomplishments of transgender people worldwide. Freedom for All Americans is working hard to advance freedoms for transgender people across the country.
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It’s Time for a Vote on the Massachusetts Transgender Bill

The Boston Globe • March 30, 2016, 4:28 pm Governor Baker and the Legislature appear to be stuck in a game of chicken on an important piece of legislation. The game needs to stop, and the legislation needs to be called for a vote.

Responding to “Reasonable Accommodations” Provisions in School Gender Inspection Bills

March 29, 2016, 3:06 pm Using the restroom is a basic human need, regardless of whether you are transgender, and everyone should be able to use the restroom without fear or discrimination. But our opposition hopes to make these discriminatory restroom restrictions more amenable under the guise of “reasonable accommodations” language in school gender inspection bills.

School “Gender Inspection” Bills

March 29, 2016, 1:04 pm Every student needs to use the restroom, and every student should expect safety and privacy when using them. However, state lawmakers are attempting to pass laws that would invade everyone’s personal and medical privacy by requiring all students to prove that their anatomy matches either the sex on their birth certificate or the sign at the door of a restroom.
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Paul Ryan’s Hometown Bans LGBT Discrimination

The Huffington Post • March 29, 2016, 1:00 pm “Local cities know what is best for their residents, and the Janesville council members did the right thing by passing protections that ensure none of their constituents can be denied a job or refused services because of who they are,” said Matt McTighe, executive director of the pro-LGBT rights group Freedom for All Americans. “This measure will improve the lives of countless people and their families, and will hurt no one.”
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Video: Mother of Transgender Teen Speaks Out Against North Carolina’s HB 2

By Megan Clayton • March 25, 2016, 2:20 pm Deborah Thomson, whose son Skye is transgender, testified before the North Carolina General Assembly against HB 2.
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Transgender Law Makes North Carolina Pioneer in Bigotry

The New York Times • March 25, 2016, 5:00 am "Proponents of so-called bathroom bills, which have been introduced in state legislatures across the country, have peddled them by spuriously portraying transgender women as potential rapists. That threat exists only in the imagination of bigots."
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Video: How Transgender Students Helped Defeat South Dakota’s Anti-Transgender HB1008

By Megan Clayton • March 3, 2016, 1:59 pm Thomas Wayne Lewis is a senior at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School. He is transgender – born a girl but lives his life as a boy – but he was prevented from using the men’s restroom at his school following his transition.

Mother of a Transgender Daughter Calls for Non-Discrimination in Massachusetts

February 25, 2016, 12:52 pm "Today I am here to pave the road for equality for my child and for all other transgender people of all ages who walk beside her, and who will follow in her footsteps."