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.


The First Openly Transgender Elected Official in Massachusetts Calls for Full Protections

February 24, 2016, 4:28 pm "Ultimately, we just want to be able to feel safe while being who we are. This is what we want. And this is what these laws do."
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LISTEN: Transgender Teenager in South Dakota Urges Governor to Veto Damaging Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 24, 2016, 8:51 am "This law means that no matter what people might think at school, how they might accept me at school, the state doesn't."

South Dakota Man to Governor: Don’t Make Transgender Kids Endure What I Did Growing Up

February 19, 2016, 2:02 pm Terri’s worst fear is that young transgender people already grappling with who they are will see this legislation and lead them to face the same choice he faced years ago.
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South Dakota House Passes Anti-LGBT Bill Targeting Transgender Students

January 27, 2016, 6:03 pm Legislators in the South Dakota House of Representatives today passed HB 1008, a bill that singles out transgender students and bans them from using restrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
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First-of-its-Kind Government Report Tracks Employment Discrimination Against Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • November 10, 2015, 2:19 pm Last week the DC Office of Human Rights released a first-of-its-kind report studying discrimination against transgender people in employment.

Transgender Mother of 3 in Kentucky Stands Up Against Discrimination

November 9, 2015, 3:19 pm Vanessa Gilliam, a transgender woman building her life in Kentucky with her three children, has filed a legal case regarding discrimination she faced at her nursing school. This is her story.
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Nation’s Largest Supermarket Chain Takes a Stand Against Transgender Healthcare Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • October 14, 2015, 3:41 pm As Kroger, the largest American supermarket chain, implements transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage it sends a strong signal that non-discrimination protections are not only needed, they also have strong support.
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Wisconsin Legislators Introduce Bill Targeting Transgender Students

By Adam Polaski • October 7, 2015, 4:04 pm This week legislators in Wisconsin introduced a bill to prohibit transgender students from using facilities that correspond with their gender identity while at school.
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Freedom for All Americans Staffer to Testify on Massachusetts Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • October 6, 2015, 11:21 am Today, October 6, Freedom for All Americans will stand with families, business leaders, law enforcement officers, legislators, and professional organizations in submitting testimony to support S.B. 735 and H.B. 1577.
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Transgender Servicemembers May Be Able to Serve Openly by May 2016

By Adam Polaski • August 26, 2015, 12:32 pm A draft timeline discussing the repeal of the Pentagon's ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the United States military tracks the estimated date of repeal at May 27, 2016.

Transgender Student in SC: Protection from Discrimination Shouldn’t Rely on Good Fortune

August 14, 2015, 12:47 pm For Blair Durkee, the past few years have been marked by personal steps forward as she has become more understanding of her transgender identity. But in South Carolina, advances have moved more slowly - and it's time for that to change.
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Pentagon to Consider Lifting of Ban on Open Service for Transgender Servicemembers

By Freedom for All Americans • July 14, 2015, 9:16 am The Pentagon is reviewing plans to lift the ban prohibiting transgender Americans from serving their country in the U.S. Armed Forces. According to The Associated Press, the plan will give officials six months to study the impact the change might have on the military.

A Military Vet Faces Discrimination in the Workforce

April 17, 2015, 1:43 pm

A 10 Year Journey to Tell Her Own Story

April 15, 2015, 4:09 pm When she first read – in an encyclopedia – about what “transgender” meant, Ja’briel Walthour says she finally had a word for what she’d been experiencing her whole life.

I’m Honored that I’m Her Mom

April 7, 2015, 8:50 pm "I’m honored that I’m her mom.” Jeanette from South Florida said about her teenage transgender daughter, Jazz Jennings.