May 13, 2015

We heard from many of you who participated in the Fairness Project site survey. You told us you want news and resources, and you want them often. We can do that!

News: The Fairness Project site is your one-stop shopping destination for all the nondiscrimination news that’s fit to print. We comb through newspaper articles, radio broadcasts and television news so you don’t have to. Read, watch and listen to this week’s news stories from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and more!

Resources: We also want to make your job easier by collecting all the nondiscrimination resources we can find all in one place. Whether you’re looking for facts and statistics, best practices, messaging guidance, or sample materials, you’ll find them all in the Fairness Project site’s Nondiscrimination Resource Clearinghouse. These resources include reports and toolkits from our national partners. All new resources are highlighted in a blog post when they are added to the site. Check out these recent additions:

  • A brand new Guide to Broad and Inclusive Family Definitions
  • A new research and messaging toolkit for fighting preemption bills
  • Williams Institute's new weekly LGBT Data Blog
  • New York Times transgender stories collection
  • SAGE's LGBT Stories About Discrimination series
  • MAP's new report on the financial penalty for LGBT people of color
  • Videos of Black clergy in North Carolina speaking out for LGBT rights

And see more here!

Blog: We’re committed to bringing you original content. Each week we’ll post an article written by Federation staff on a current topic. The past two entries have provided a roundup of the negative legislation of 2015–with a focus on the fact that we won the majority of our battles this session — and an analysis of the “backlash” surrounding passage of a RFRA in Indiana. This week’s post will further explore the successes we’ve had in beating back negative bills this year, this time through the lens of what happened in Oklahoma. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore additional topics including building effective coalitions and understanding Title VII protections.

Of course, other standard features of the site include our facts page and interactive map, which give you an in-depth snapshot of current protections, including statewide nondiscrimination laws, local ordinances and executive orders.

If you haven’t taken the survey, there’s still time. We’d love to learn more about what’s working and what’s not. Click here to take it today. Thanks!

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Andy Garcia

Andy is Program Manager at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. In this role, he strengthens the states working to pass local and state-level nondiscrimination laws by identifying and developing programs and resources, including legal and legislative support, communications resources, messaging, and constituency group expertise.

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